Nature makes for strange companions

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


I'm not here. You can't see me
damn this jelly is heavy

Shore Dive at Mucky Pirates Bay with Brethren David

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!

Mucky Pirates Bay, Pemuteran, Bali, Indonesia

This fangblenny found a home in a discarded piece of PVC pipe


Mucky Pirates Bay, Pemuteran, Bali, Indonesia

This shy moray eel wouldn’t venture out of his hole


Mucky Pirates Bay, Pemuteran, Bali, Indonesia

I tried to move in for a close-up of the eye, but he dashed back into his hole in a cloud of sand


Mucky Pirates Bay, Pemuteran, Bali, Indonesia

This juvenile lionfish was TINY–thanks to Edy for finding this little gem


Mucky Pirates Bay, Pemuteran, Bali, Indonesia

Lots of pipefish on this dive



Pemuteran Bay Denizens Seen in April

Here are some shots taken during the first week in April while diving in Pemuteran Bay with the pirates at Sea Rovers

Cuttlefish at Temple Garden

This cuttlefish at Temple Garden was quite a poser


Gobie at Temple Garden

Love these little gobies


Crocodilefish on coral at Close Encounters Pemuteran

Crocodilefish Chillin at Close Encounters


Moray eel peeking out of his hole

Close encounter with this moray eel at Close Encounters


Whip coral gobie at Close Encounters

Another cute gobie at Close Encounters



The photo wench’s new camera–1st try at macro

Hairy squat lobster from Napoleon Reef

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.

Anemone shrimp Napoleon Reef

This shrimp was posing so nicely on the anemone tips


Mantis shrimp peeking out from his hole

The eyes of the mantis shrimp are some of the most complex in the animal kingdom


Lizardfish posing on a rock

This lizardfish let me get quite close


Mushroom coral ghost shrimp in an anemone

Never saw this before the 180 degree viewfinder



Other Sightings in March

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.

Turtle trying to rest on the bottom

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.

Orangutan Crab (Achaeus japonicus)

Whadda YOU looking at?


Octopus at Temple Wall

Octopus slipping back into his hole on Temple Wall


Half-opened anemone

Anemone showing its purple underside


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