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 poking out of its hole
Porcelain crab in its anemone
Usually you see just the tiger cowrie shell, but this one’s mantle is extended & it is feeding
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
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.
Ways to Protect Coral Reefs
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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
Free Try Dive sign beckons Pemuteran visitors to come in to Sea Rovers
Every day, instructors Cap’n Paul and/or Wayan are standing by to share the wonders of diving with passers-by here in Pemuteran. There’s a brief orientation, some paperwork and then you can experience diving in the waters at Mucky Pirates Bay. If you’re enjoying yourself, you can immediately continue on to do an Introductory Course. This would allow you to dive to a maximum of 12 metres on any of our regular trips with an instructor or divemaster for up to 14 days. Or, if you really catch the diving bug, you can sign up for a scuba or open water diver course–which is what happened with Cornelia.
Cornelia enjoyed her experience so much, she immediately signed up for an Open Water course
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