by 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.Save
by Kat Ramage | Jun 1, 2017 | Kat Ramage Photos, Mucky Pirates Bay
Brethren David wanted to check out the amazing shore dive at Mucky Pirates Bay here in Pemuteran, so we enlisted dive guide Edy to find some unusual macro subjects for our cameras. We were definitely not disappointed.
David–be sure to send us some of YOUR photos to post on the website!
This fangblenny found a home in a discarded piece of PVC pipe
This shy moray eel wouldn’t venture out of his hole
I tried to move in for a close-up of the eye, but he dashed back into his hole in a cloud of sand
This juvenile lionfish was TINY–thanks to Edy for finding this little gem
Lots of pipefish on this dive
by Kat Ramage | May 9, 2017 | Kat Ramage Photos, Pemuteran Diving
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
by Kat Ramage | May 6, 2017 | Kat Ramage Photos, Pemuteran Diving
Hairy squat lobster–love the purple polka-dots
For my second day with the new camera, I switched to the 60mm macro lens and went with expert-critter-finder Wayan to the local reefs here in Pemuteran Bay. We dove at Napoleon Reef and Close Encounters, and I couldn’t stop smiling as the 180 degree viewfinder attachment let me finally see those tiny things the divemasters are always pointing at. The new camera focuses so much faster than my old one–I was truly in awe with every shot. I can’t wait to get back into the water and play some more–especially with the Subsea +10 adapter that I can easily flip into place when a subject will let me get close enough. I’ll show you the difference with and without this magnification adapter next time.
This shrimp was posing so nicely on the anemone tips
The eyes of the mantis shrimp are some of the most complex in the animal kingdom
This lizardfish let me get quite close
Never saw this before the 180 degree viewfinder
by Kat Ramage | Apr 3, 2017 | Kat Ramage Photos
Previous posts showed photos of nudibranchs and flighty fish shot in March; here are a few more of some other reef denizens. The turtle was in Menjangan; the others were all in Pemuteran Bay.
Get these remoras off my belly!
This poor turtle was being menaced by some pesky remoras (barely visible on his belly in this photo). When the turtle was first spotted, they were riding his back; then he would get under an overhang to knock them off, and they would migrate to his underside. He would squirm on the bottom and they’d move back to his shell. I felt sorry for the guy.
Whadda YOU looking at?
Octopus slipping back into his hole on Temple Wall
Anemone showing its purple underside