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

Nudis from the archives

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.

Flabellina nudibranch, Bali, Indonesia, Underwater photo

Living on the edge

 

Nudibranch, Bali, Indonesia

All the spiky bits–maybe it’s a punk nudi

 

Nudibranch, Bali, Indonesia

The orange rhinophores & gills don’t seem to match the yellow & blue polka dots

Cha…Cha…Cha…Changes

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)

Juvenile batfish/spadefish from Todd Aki

I don’t have a photo of a true juvenile, so this is from photographer Todd Aki’s Flickr page

 

Batfish/spadefish, Box Reef, Menjangan, Bali, Indonesia, underewater photo

This is technically an intermediate phase since you can see stripes starting to form

 

Batfish/spadefish, Coral Bommie, Pemuteran, Bali, Indonesia, underwater photo

Here’s the adult phase

 

Koran Angelfish (Pomacanthus semicirculatus)

Semicircular angelfish, Mucky Pirates Bay, Pemuteran, Bali, Indonesia, underwater photo

Here is the stunning juvenile.

 

Semicircular angelfish, Wikipedia

I don’t yet have a photo of the adult, but here’s one thanks to Wikipedia

 

Everyone loves Nemo

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.

False clownfish, anemone, Pemuteran, Bali, Indonesia, Underwater Photos

False clownfish

 

Pink anemonefish, anemone, Menjangan, Bali, Indonesia

A pair of pink anemone fish in their purple-tipped anemone

 

Orange anemonefish, Mangrove, Menjangan, Bali, Indonesia, underwater photo

Orange anemonefish

 

False clownfish, Box Reef, Menjangan, Bali, Indonesia, Underwater photo

False clownfish pair

 

Kat’s Ocean–the retired resident photo wench’s new website

In honor of World Oceans Day, I’d like to share my new website, Kat’s Ocean, with all of the Sea Rovers’ Brethren.

Kat's Ocean Logo

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).

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