Creature Feature–Sand Shrimpgoby & Shrimp

Sand shrimpgoby, Mucky Pirates Bay, Pemuteran, Bali, Indonesia

Meet the sand shrimpgoby

One of the joys of diving for me is learning about and trying to photograph behavior. Today’s photos are not really portfolio-worthy, but they show the interesting relationship between the sand shrimpgoby and the shrimp they share a home with.

These two creatures are symbiotic (meaning their interaction benefits both of them). The gobies stand guard while the shrimp plays “housekeeper” to their burrow, continually digging and cleaning out the sand. The Gobies will signal when predators are near. When I got too close, they both dashed back into the hole. The fish came back out first, followed by the shrimp a few moments later, then the housecleaning continued.

Sand shrimpgoby, shrimp, Mucky Pirates Bay, Pemuteran, Bali, Indonesia

Here’s you can see the shrimp doing some housecleaning while the goby is on lookout

 

Sand shrimpgoby, shrimp, Mucky Pirates Bay, Pemuteran, Bali, Indonesia

Another shot of the pair–all of the floating sand was brought out by the shrimp

 

Sand shrimpgoby, Mucky Pirates Bay, Pemuteran, Bali, Indonesia

Here’s a closeup of the goby’s face–looks like he has a mouth full of sand so I guess he shares in the cleaning chores

Shore Dive at Mucky Pirates Bay with Brethren David

Brethren David wanted to check out the amazing shore dive at Mucky Pirates Bay here in Pemuteran, so we enlisted dive guide Edy to find some unusual macro subjects for our cameras. We were definitely not disappointed.

David–be sure to send us some of YOUR photos to post on the website!

Mucky Pirates Bay, Pemuteran, Bali, Indonesia

This fangblenny found a home in a discarded piece of PVC pipe

 

Mucky Pirates Bay, Pemuteran, Bali, Indonesia

This shy moray eel wouldn’t venture out of his hole

 

Mucky Pirates Bay, Pemuteran, Bali, Indonesia

I tried to move in for a close-up of the eye, but he dashed back into his hole in a cloud of sand

 

Mucky Pirates Bay, Pemuteran, Bali, Indonesia

This juvenile lionfish was TINY–thanks to Edy for finding this little gem

 

Mucky Pirates Bay, Pemuteran, Bali, Indonesia

Lots of pipefish on this dive

 

 

Top 3 Photos from today at Mucky Pirates Bay

The resident photo wench did another long shore dive today (138 minutes) at Mucky Pirates Bay with the helpful support pirate crew from Sea Rovers. Although not as productive as yesterday photo-wise (no trusty guide to find critters), I thought I’d post the top 3 shots. Enjoy!

Mucky Pirates Bay, Pemuteran, Bali, Indonesia

Surprisingly, this little guy let me get close enough for the +10 diopter

 

Mucky Pirates Bay, Pemuteran, Bali, Indonesia

Another patient little fish that let me get quite close

 

Mucky Pirates Bay, Pemuteran, Bali, Indonesia, Chromodoris, nudibranch

A peek under the mantle of a Chromodoris nudibranch

Photo Wench Dives Mucky Pirates Bay

Kat Ramage, shore diving, Mucky Pirates Bay, Pemuteran, Bali, Indonesia, Sea Rovers

The photo wench takes her new camera for her first shore dive at Mucky Pirates Bay

 

After being sick for most of May, I was excited to take my new camera for my first dive to Mucky Pirates Bay with Abdul from Sea Rovers. We enjoyed a very leisurely 120 minute dive checking out the residents below the pier and out to the moorings. Here is some of what we saw.

Pipefish, Pemuteran, Bali, Mucky Pirates Bay, shore dive, Sea Rovers

Friendly pipefish

 

Nudibranch, Pemuteran, Bali, Mucky Pirates Bay, shore dive, Sea Rovers

You don’t always get to see under the skirt of a nudibranch

 

Lionfish, Pemuteran, Bali, Mucky Pirates Bay, shore dive, Sea Rovers

This lionfish was too big for my lens, so I got a closeup of his face

 

Scorpionfish, Pemuteran, Bali, Mucky Pirates Bay, shore dive, Sea Rovers

I thought Abdul pointed me to a clump of sand until I looked at it with the 10x diopter–a TINY scorpionfish

 

False clownfish, Pemuteran, Bali, Mucky Pirates Bay, shore dive, Sea Rovers

Who doesn’t love Nemo? There’s a nice anemone with false clownfish at 6-7 meters so it’s a great place for your safety stop

 

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