Flamboyant Cuttlefish (Metasepia pfefferi). I’ve been discussing cephalopods and Lembeh with a friend which prompted me to go back through my images from my all too brief time there. Flamboyants are one of my favorite animals on earth. They’re a small, bottom dwelling cuttlefish and for such a squishy, edible looking critter, they’re remarkable colorful. But they can strut around confidently. Flambos carry in their tissues one of the most potent toxins (tetrodotoxin aka TTX) on earth, the same that’s found in the bite of a bluering octopus and the one that occasionally kills people who consumer fugu (pufferfish). This ...
Tiger shrimps are another one of those critters that are highly sought after in the macro diving world. This one here at Mabul Island is not quite as colourful as one you might see elsewhere, but the vibrant orange, white and black colouration give it the name. Can find them in coral and sponge crevices around reefs and rubbly bottoms. During night dives if you take a look around Bristle Stars inside the reef then you may find 1 or 2 hanging around there as well 😁
There are (at the moment) 3 known species of Rhinopias found on our planet. This one here is a Paddleflap Scorpionfish, one of the Rhinopias family. People come from all over the world to see these fish as they regularly appear on dive "bucket lists". In my opinion and if you haven't seen one yet, the best places to go would be several different spots in Indonesia that have them regularly. Lembeh, Ambon, Alor.....just to name a few
Won't be any diving for me for a little while now as I've made it back home. Luckily I have lots and lots of photos leftover from Lembeh and Mabul that I'll be uploading in the meantime......and maybe the occasional land based photo too from our time back in Europe 😊
This beautiful #wunderpus#octopus (Wunderpus photogenicus) is showing some nice chromatophore control. Chromatophores are small color filled sacs in black, brown, orange, red or yellow. Can you see how this one uses its brown chromatophores to flash?🐙 . . . .
Wire Coral Goby with Penellidae copepod An interesting feature of diving in the Lembeh Strait in Indonesia - seeing fish with parasites, like this little goby. It doesn’t seem to bother him! Sometimes you see parasites attached to the tongue of fishes such as clownfish - which eventually kills the fish. #diving#underwaterphotography @nadlembeh
I’m feeling blueeeee... Been dry too long, and looking at my uw photos is making me miss diving a lot! The cold weather where I am is not helping. Counting the days till I’m back in the water. In the mean time, here’s one from a Blackwater dive a few months ago. Free falling juvenile crab, about 1cm in size at 3m over 40m depth. #nadlembeh#blackwaterdivinglembeh
Usually very camera shy, this seahorse actually took a little moment to pose for the photo. Being this beautiful bright yellow meant it was not very hard to find as it drifted along gently against the dark sand.
Look at this little Froggie going fishing. Frogfish are pretty cool in that they have these rods (illiciums) coming out of their body that they use to hunt. Each species with a different lure (esca) that can look like shrimp, worms, small fish etc. All used to attract different prey closer.....once close enough the frogfish will enlarge its mouth so fast that the unsuspecting prey is sucked in and swallowed. Coolest animals or what?!
Usually a beautiful and quite simple subject to photograph, this Ornate Ghostpipefish was a bit trickier as it was moving around quite a lot in the back and forth current at the famous Nudi Falls dive site in Lembeh. This almost translucent pink and white individual is just one of many stunning colour variations you can have of this crazy cool marine critter.
Seahorses are my favourites! However, be it with pygmy seahorses or the regular sized ones, I always see them shyly nodding away and looking at me from the corner of their eyes. I managed to circle around this pretty yellow one and took a shot before it lay down its head on the sand. #seahorse#nadlembeh
In my experience I always have had much more luck finding these soft coral/candy crabs during night dives as they perch on top of their soft coral homes and feed on stuff that passes by. However there definitely wasn't a shortage or any struggle in finding them during the day whilst diving Lembeh
No picture can do this juvenile Orbicular Batfish (Platax orbicularis) justice... you HAVE to see one in person. Rather than swim across the sand bottom, this fish drifts, sways, and flops back and forth with the current and surge, perfectly mimicking a leaf. I had to stare hard for about 15 seconds before I realized I was in fact looking at an incredible fish and not a orange mangrove leaf. #natureisincredible#mimicry⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ ...
Very happy to have made it into the 2019 Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year with this shot of a Decorator Crab. That makes it five years in a row I've been in this exhibition and shortlisted for the Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year #uwphotography#underwaterphotography