A few fish faces for your Friday
Scorpionfish profile from Menjangan
Giant frogfish profile taken at Eel Garden in Menjangan
A 2-fer with a white spotted puffer and cleaner wrasse from Pemuteran
One of a large group of catfish under a structure in Secret Bay
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.
Portrait of a red striped blenny
A lovely white and pink scorpionfish
Tiny arrow blenny
Octopus in his hole
I was able to coax the octopus out of his hole–note the color change
Supermacro shot of a mushroom coral ghost shrimp
Here’s a closeup that shows this shrimp is carrying eggs
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.
This little goby had his mouth open in every one of the shots
This white-spotted puffer swam directly towards me and turned right in front of the lens
Big sponges are often cleaning stations–this bannerfish is being tended to by a striped wrasse
I think this is in the dragonet family, but don’t have access to any fish ID books today.
Regal angelfish posing pretty for the camera
A cute goby perched on top of a coral head
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
Here are some shots taken during the first week in April while diving in Pemuteran Bay with the pirates at Sea Rovers
This cuttlefish at Temple Garden was quite a poser
Love these little gobies
Crocodilefish Chillin at Close Encounters
Close encounter with this moray eel at Close Encounters
Another cute gobie at Close Encounters