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Throwback Thursday-Shots from 2001

I had this great idea of doing a weekly Throwback Thursday post, choosing images shot in the same week of a previous year. I found a file of images from 2009 and had several photos ready to post, but then realized that none of these critters are found here in NW Bali (I was living in Grand Cayman then).

So, I had to change my criteria and just picked photos from the past of things that could be found here. So, the photos in today’s post were shot in 2001 when I was on a liveaboard in Komodo. I’ve seen all of them this month on my dives with Sea Rovers.

Mantis shrimp, Indonesia, Underwater photo

Mantis shrimp poking out of its hole

 

Porcelain crab, anemone

Porcelain crab in its anemone

 

Tiger Cowrie, Komodo, Indonesia, Underwater photo

Usually you see just the tiger cowrie shell, but this one’s mantle is extended & it is feeding

Today’s dive at Midway in Pemuteran

Walter from Malaysia had the luxury of a boat all to himself this morning and dove at the Underwater Temple Garden, and I got a chance to join him on his second dive at Midway here in Pemuteran. Both of us were toting monster camera systems set up for macro, and dive guide Edi found us some lovely subjects. Walter–send us some of YOUR shots.

blenny, Midway, Pemuteran, Bali, Indonesia, Underwater photo

Portrait of a red striped blenny

 

scorpionfish, Midway, Pemuteran, Bali, Indonesia, Underwater photo

A lovely white and pink scorpionfish

 

Arrow blenny, Midway, Pemuteran, Bali, Indonesia, Underwater photo

Tiny arrow blenny

 

Octopus, Midway, Pemuteran, Bali, Indonesia, Underwater photo

Octopus in his hole

 

Octopus, Midway, Pemuteran, Bali, Indonesia, Underwater photo

I was able to coax the octopus out of his hole–note the color change

 

Mushroom coral ghost shrimp, anemone, Midway, Pemuteran, Bali, Indonesia, Underwater photo

Supermacro shot of a mushroom coral ghost shrimp

 

Mushroom coral ghost shrimp, eggs, Midway, Pemuteran, Bali, Indonesia, Underwater photo

Here’s a closeup that shows this shrimp is carrying eggs

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

 

 

Fun Fish Facts-Nemo Can Become Nancy

False clownfish, anemone, Dreamland, Menjangan, Indonesia

Maybe one of these false clownfish is the dominate female in this anemone

Did you know that many of the lovely fish we regularly see on the coral reef have the ability to change their sex? The biological term is ‘sequential hermaphroditism,’ and wrasses, moray eels, gobies and clownfish are known to do this.

According to Wikipedia

“A school of clownfish is always built into a hierarchy with a female fish at the top. When she dies, the most dominant male changes sex and takes her place. In the wrasses (the family Labridae), sex change is from female to male, with the largest female of the harem changing into a male and taking over the harem upon the disappearance of the previous dominant male.”

Spanish hogfish, Bonaire

The Spanish hogfish is one of the larger Caribbean wrasses

 

Blue Ribbon Eel, Komodo, Indonesia

The blue-ribbon eel is one of the most beautiful

 

Fire goby, Komodo, Indonesia

The fire goby is one of my favorites

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