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The Last Straw–just say no to plastic straws

Putu bamboo straws

An industrious Balinese high schooler started a business selling bamboo straws

I ran across a couple of articles today about straws that I thought I would share. First, from National Geographic: “Straw Wars: The Fight to Rid the Oceans of Discarded Plastic.”

The second one, from our own backyard here in Bali,  made me smile and gives me hope: “Putu’s Bamboo Straws.”

Do your part–say ‘No Thanks’ to plastic straws.

Fishy Friday

I got to dive in Pemuteran with instructor Wayan who was teaching an Open Water class. While the student was doing her skills and practicing good buoyancy control, I was shooting fish. Now I just need to get my hands on a good fish ID book.

Coral Bommie, Pemuteran, Bali, Indonesia, UW photos

This little goby had his mouth open in every one of the shots

 

White-spotted puffer, Coral Bommie, Pemuteran, Bali, Indonesia, UW photos

This white-spotted puffer swam directly towards me and turned right in front of the lens

 

Coral Bommie, Pemuteran, Bali, Indonesia, UW photos

Big sponges are often cleaning stations–this bannerfish is being tended to by a striped wrasse

 

Napoleon Reef, Pemuteran, Bali, Indonesia, UW photos

I think this is in the dragonet family, but don’t have access to any fish ID books today.

 

Regal angelfish, Napoleon Reef, Pemuteran, Bali, Indonesia, UW photos

Regal angelfish posing pretty for the camera

 

Goby, Napoleon Reef, Pemuteran, Bali, Indonesia, UW photos

A cute goby perched on top of a coral head

 

 

 

Greetings from the residents of Close Encounters

We had a great dive at Close Encounters in Pemuteran–negligible current, good visibility and lots of critters to see. The expert eyes of dive guide Abdul pointed out creatures great and small. We even saw a shark wedged under a ledge–in a space too small to get my camera into (wish I had a tiny GoPro for that shot). Everyone comes to the pirates of Sea Rovers in Pemuteran to dive Menjangan, but be sure to allow enough time in your holiday to check out our great local reefs as well.

Hairy squat lobster, Close Encounters, Pemuteran, Bali, Indonesia, UW photos

Hairy squat lobsters live in the crevices of barrel sponges

 

Giant moray, Close Encounters, Pemuteran, Bali, Indonesia, UW photos

This moray wasn’t too shy and kept poking his head out when I was shooting the sweetlips

 

Juvenile sweet lips, Close Encounters, Pemuteran, Bali, Indonesia, UW photos

This photogenic sweet lips was sharing space with the moray eel. Had to keep an eye on my fingers while shooting

 

Porcelain anemone crab, Close Encounters, Pemuteran, Bali, Indonesia, UW photos

Anemone crabs have long hair-like projections on their arms to filter food from the water

 

Close Encounters, Pemuteran, Bali, Indonesia, UW photos

With extra magnification, you can see the eggs inside this cleaner shrimp

 

 

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