Build for Nitiro Gyogyo and registered in Tokyo, she was launched from Yokohama Dock yard in 1923. She sank on 2 November 1943 during one of the most publicised raids over Rabaul. Captain Charles W. Howe claims responsibility for sinking the Manko Maru. His report stated, “As we dropped into Sampson harbour … I broke away to avoid a collision with another plane…and at a speed of 23- mph, I started a run on a freighter of approximately 1,500-tons. At a range of 800 yards I opened fire. I continued firing until forced to pull up clear of the vessel. A ne thousand pound bomb dropped early skipped into the side of the bat the other banging off the ship`s deck. My gunner reported later that the ship sunk immediately.
We stopped out little boat and anchored. I looked in the water from the side of the boat … and could see absolutely nothing . I wondered if this was incredibly deep dive. We dropped in and I straight started to descent to see if I can see anything if I drop down . And thankfully I could . As soon as I was under at about 3m I could see a reef filled with lots of creatures.
We started to head out and to the deep and passed reef annd sand and then at 28 m there is was . Beautiful Mitsubishi Zero A6M . It was covered with coral in a thin layer. In Captains cockpit there was a eel hiding and on a tail growing few soft corals. Around wreck blue spotted stingrays were hiding. I could see sharp stinger from stingrays tails pointing a little bit out so I could snap up on them and try get a perfect shot.
In World War 2 from 1942-1945 “The Beehives “ was in the centre of the harbour and of course all Japanese warships would pass it on the way in and out. Seems these rocks have seen so much.
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ThorAmboinensis also knows as Sexy Shrimp can be quite easily found in Papua New Guinea while Scuba Diving . While macro diving over reefs. Sexy Shrimp gets its name from the way it moves abdomen , by swaying from side to side.
Males are normally smaller with a single stripe across the abdomen while females are normally large and usually with multiple stripes
Sexy Shrimp can be found by closely looking at Anemone tentacles . Normally Sexy Shrimps hide just between them .
These little guys are able to grow to a about 1- 1,5 cm . Maybe larger , but i have never seen any bigger ones .
I found these tiny ones while diving between Duke Of York islands !
Papau New Guinea