I'm very happy that (most of) the hairy shrimp here are of quite a decent size, 5-10mm. This colourful little guy wasn't staying very still so there are way more "outtakes" of this photo than this one. Still very happy with it!
With plastic pollution being such a problem in our oceans especially, it means that marine creatures have started to incorporate them into their lives. This little Yellow Pygmy Goby has decided that this single use plastic cup will be it's new home. Whenever possible we always try relocate other animals such as octopus into natural alternatives before removing the plastic.
A cute little goby perched on a tunicate. Gobies will actually use the surfaces of tunicates to lay their eggs, then they'll sit close by and guard them. This time round there were no eggs to be seen. Next time perhaps!
One of the many stars of the show we have here in Lembeh, the Hairy Frogfish. Those who've known me for a while will know my fondness for these weird little fellows. The Hairy frogfish is one of my all time favourites
A larval lionfish on a recent Blackwater dive. At least compared to other things seen on these dives, this lionfish was much easier to identify as it kept its general shape and body patterns. The only difference being that this was about 3mm in size drifting around in the deep water
One of my all time favourites, the Blue Ringed Octopus. Unfortunately these octopus are extremely popular with divers meaning they always get a lot of attention. The more attention, the more annoyed they get and the bright blue rings are evidence. This guy did settle down a little but each time my strobes fired those blue rings pulsated a little more.
Rhinopias are one of those creatures that people will travel the world to go see. This Weedy variety often comes in these beautiful shades of purple making it not only quite an oddly shaped fish, but some would say quite beautiful too!
Little bit of experimentation with motion blur photography. With their bright colours and awkward swimming style, juvenile sweetlips always prove to be the perfect subject to try this technique out. (Ps. Thank you Instagram for cropping the top off my photo 👌🏻)
Big welcome to all participants of Reef Photo & Video's 2019 Workshop! It will be a pleasure hosting you guys and we're looking forward to seeing your work during your stay! - #nadlembeh#lembeh @reefphotovideo
A cute little Shaun the sheep going for a stroll. Presuming the correct algae can be found where you're diving and you know where to look......these little guys are relatively easy to find despite only being a few millimetres in size. Usually I'd try to get a photo face on, but the orientation of this sea slug made that impossible. Next time!
~ S H E L L Y ~ The Coconut Octopus is one smart cephalopod... it uses tools, such as these discarded shells, to make a mobile fortress! (Amphioctopus marginatus) ***************************************** #octopus#mollusc @underwater
Check out this little goby keeping a look out for trouble. Quite often gobies and blind shrimp will share a little burrow together. The goby keeps a look out for predators and the shrimp builds their home. The shrimp keeps contact with the goby at all times and if the goby senses danger it darts back down to safety with the shrimp by their side.
The trouble with Blackwater dives is that although you see some amazing and fascinating creatures........a lot of the stuff is quite hard to identify. Obviously this is a cephlapod, but does anyone know which one?
Seeing nudibranchs underwater is a must-see when it comes to macro loving divers. When you get to see one exhibiting unique behaviour like this nudi laying eggs, it makes the experience that much more special
Plenty of critters around at the moment....not only during blackwater dives. This velvet ghostpipefish was hanging out close to a yellow seafan that hosted a pair of Pygmy seahorse. The seahorses were doing their best at hiding within the fan making them hard to photograph, so I decided to capture this slightly more visible ghostpipefish instead!
Having to reupload this photo as for some reason it was removed without warning. Anyways, long story short.....photos will be back up and running now we're settled at our new job. Lots of cool subjects to shoot here during the day and night. Like this photo of a juvenile seahorse on a recent Blackwater dive 😁