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Welcome Returning Brethren Uwe, Claudia & Amelia

The pirates at Sea Rovers welcomed returning brethren Uwe, Claudia and Amelia from Germany today. They decided to get their fins wet with a refresher dive at Mucky Pirates Bay. Captain Paul and Abdul accompanied them, running through a few skills, then leisurely cruising the site for weird & wonderful sea life.

A refresher is always a great idea at the beginning of your dive holiday. It gives you the chance to make sure all your gear is functioning properly, get your weighting right and fine tune your buoyancy.

There’s a good moon on the rise

I see a good moon a rising
I see a night dive underway
I see divers checking torches
I see a flat calm tranquil bay

So lets go down tonight
There’s bound to be some sights
Down in Mucky Pirates Bay

I hear bubbles as they’re rising
I know the dive won’t be ending soon
I fear someones kicking sand up
I can see flashes burn like day

So lets go down tonight
There’s bound to be some sights
Down in Mucky Pirates Bay

I hope you got all your things together
I hope we dive another day
Looks like we’re in for more good weather
Looking through the cameras eye today

Oh lets go down tonight
There’s bound to be some sights
There’s a good moon on the rise
There’s a good moon on the rise

Walter Dives Mucky Pirates Bay at Night

Night dive, Mucky Pirates Bay, Pemuteran, Bali, Indonesia

Panoramic view of Mucky Pirates Bay at sunset

 

Night dives at Mucky Pirates Bay with the Pirates of Sea Rovers are awesome! We often see frogfish, octopus, sometimes seahorses and other unique night time critters. When you book a dive package of 3 days or more, you will get a free night or shore dive.

Walter from Malaysia went out with dive guide Edi to shoot the creatures of the night here on our house reef. Hopefully Walter will send in some of his photos for us to share.

Dive guide Edi, Mucky Pirates Bay, night dive, Pemuteran, Bali, Indonesia

Walter getting ready to put on his tank

 

Dive guide Edi, night dive, Mucky Pirates Bay, Pemuteran, Bali, Indonesia

Edi defogging his mask as Walter waits excitedly to get in and start shooting

 

 

 

 

 

 

Night dive, Mucky Pirates Bay, Pemuteran, Bali, Indonesia

Walter and camera are ready to shoot some critters

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

The Last Straw–just say no to plastic straws

Putu bamboo straws

An industrious Balinese high schooler started a business selling bamboo straws

I ran across a couple of articles today about straws that I thought I would share. First, from National Geographic: “Straw Wars: The Fight to Rid the Oceans of Discarded Plastic.”

The second one, from our own backyard here in Bali,  made me smile and gives me hope: “Putu’s Bamboo Straws.”

Do your part–say ‘No Thanks’ to plastic straws.

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