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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.

Fishy Friday

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.

Coral Bommie, Pemuteran, Bali, Indonesia, UW photos

This little goby had his mouth open in every one of the shots

 

White-spotted puffer, Coral Bommie, Pemuteran, Bali, Indonesia, UW photos

This white-spotted puffer swam directly towards me and turned right in front of the lens

 

Coral Bommie, Pemuteran, Bali, Indonesia, UW photos

Big sponges are often cleaning stations–this bannerfish is being tended to by a striped wrasse

 

Napoleon Reef, Pemuteran, Bali, Indonesia, UW photos

I think this is in the dragonet family, but don’t have access to any fish ID books today.

 

Regal angelfish, Napoleon Reef, Pemuteran, Bali, Indonesia, UW photos

Regal angelfish posing pretty for the camera

 

Goby, Napoleon Reef, Pemuteran, Bali, Indonesia, UW photos

A cute goby perched on top of a coral head

 

 

 

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

 

 

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