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 lobsters live in the crevices of barrel sponges
This moray wasn’t too shy and kept poking his head out when I was shooting the sweetlips
This photogenic sweet lips was sharing space with the moray eel. Had to keep an eye on my fingers while shooting
Anemone crabs have long hair-like projections on their arms to filter food from the water
With extra magnification, you can see the eggs inside this cleaner shrimp
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.”
The Spanish hogfish is one of the larger Caribbean wrasses
The blue-ribbon eel is one of the most beautiful
The fire goby is one of my favorites
The wench hasn’t been diving in a few days, so had to go to the archives to get some photos to share with the brethren. These nudibranchs were shot during my 2015 dive safari in Bali.
Living on the edge
All the spiky bits–maybe it’s a punk nudi
The orange rhinophores & gills don’t seem to match the yellow & blue polka dots
Some fish change dramatically as they mature from the juvenile to intermediate to adult stage. Let the expert pirates at Sea Rovers help you check them off your bucket list.
Batfish / Spadefish (Platax pinnatus)
This is technically an intermediate phase since you can see stripes starting to form
Here’s the adult phase
Koran Angelfish (Pomacanthus semicirculatus)
Here is the stunning juvenile.
I don’t yet have a photo of the adult, but here’s one thanks to Wikipedia
Always a crowd-pleaser, everyone loves Nemo. Anemonefish is the more accurate name for these guys–although most folks just call them clownfish. There are more than 30 different species of anemonefish.
All of these photos were shot in Menjangan. Let the expert guides of Sea Rovers find some for you so you can delight your non-diving friends with your pics.
A pair of pink anemone fish in their purple-tipped anemone
False clownfish pair
In honor of World Oceans Day, I’d like to share my new website, Kat’s Ocean, with all of the Sea Rovers’ Brethren.
Thanks to my friend Lin Fronda back in the Cayman Islands who designed this logo 6 years ago–finally get to use it
The site is still a baby with lots of growing to do. I’ve never built a website before, so I’m still climbing a steep learning curve. You can learn more about me, my life in Bali and my diving adventures in the blog. I plan to expand the UW Photography Tips & Tricks section to perhaps offer courses and answer questions from registered users. There aren’t many pictures in the galleries yet; I have over 23,000 images going back to 2002 to sort through, so I hope you will keep coming back to check out what’s new (and what’s old).