| Kat Ramage Aug 8, 2017 | Kat Ramage Photos, Mucky Pirates Bay
During a recent dive in Mucky Pirates Bay, I came across an upside-down jellyfish lying in the sand. I wasn’t sure whether it was alive or dead, so I gently prodded it with my muck stick. Imagine my surprise when it started running across the sand! What I didn’t realize was that there was a decorator crab underneath who had adorned this jellyfish like a hat to protect itself from predators. I found another one on a subsequent dive, so this must be fairly common. It’s clear what benefit the crab gets from this relationship…not sure if the jellyfish is too happy about the arrangement.
| Capt Paul Sep 17, 2012 | Capt Paul's Photo's
Cunningly disguised decorator crab Nr#1
Some of the things you might not see unless you look really really closely are this decorator crab.
Cunningly disguised decorator crab Nr#2
Now this one even our hawk-eyed DM Abdul hasn't spotted. One for the board by The Captain.
Just to show that there are ornate ghostpipefish in Pemuteran's 'Mucky Pirates Bay'
Couple of Robust ghostpipefish to add to the collection in 'Mucky Pirates Bay'
Blue suckered octopus
To give you an idea this little octopuses size, well me proddy stick is marked off in inches.
Ode to pipefish by the Captain
Of Muck & Pirates in the Bay be found
Ghostpipefish by the bushel abound
Ornate, Robust swim around with glee
All await a photograph from Me
Garr ! 😉
Some of the decorator crabs in
Mucky Pirates Bay are getting the art of camouflage down pat. And a teeny weeny blue suckered octopus make a house in a piece of discarded pipe.
| Capt Paul Nov 20, 2009 | The Brethrens Photos, UW Photographers
Yet another photographically inclined member of our ever expanding
Sea Rovers Brethren has left us some memories to post.
Decorator crabs are always weird things, but here in Sea Rovers own ‘Mucky Pirates Bay’ we do extra wierd. This, one of many, uses one of our resident upside down jellyfish as a cunning disguise.
Puffer Fish and friend
A friendly little Octopus on one of Dan’s night dives provided a nice pose.
This Octopus decided to stretch out and go for a wonder.
Lionfish gliding in amongst the corals, nice warm colours on this one.
Hermit crab with accompanying anenomes.
And finally looking from stern to bows, ‘Canyon Wreck’ shows us her Booty 🙂
Nice Photo’s Dan, look forward to seeing more on your next trip out.
| Capt Paul Aug 2, 2009 | Capt Paul's Photo's
Been incredibly busy the last few weeks with high season in full swing, so not much time to take new pics. However I did get some nice shots early in July while night diving Mucky Pirates Bay.
A not cunningly disquised Tiger Sole
Sand Eel, usually you only ever see their heads pocking out of a hole in the sand. But this night we got to follow him as he hunted.
Teeny Weeny Lionfish
One of my favourite night time critters, a Spider Decorator Crab.
And last but by no means least a very pretty Anemone.
More can of course be found in the Sea Rovers face book page where the reef photo albums keep expanding.
Now Back to Diving 😉