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Mon, January 21, 2008

Lembeh 2007 Favorite of the Day, January 21th, 2008    [ Diving,Photography,Travel ]

Clownfish are tough subjects. They’re wiggly to the point of being hyperactive, and sometimes they are aggressive and like to chase us photographers around. I was lucky and came across these two posers:

clowns

These guys are “false” clownfish, since the true clownfish are Amphiprion percula, and these are Amphiprion oscellaris.

19:30:12

Sun, January 13, 2008

Lembeh 2007 Favorite of the Day, January 13th, 2008    [ Diving,Photography,Travel ]

Crinoid shrimp are small reclusive crustaceans that like to hide within the arms of crinoids on the reef. They are so well camoflauged that many divers overlook them. Dive guides will frequently push them out of their hiding places with their pointers, but I don’t like it when they do that. This one, however, was sitting right out on top of an arm, and the dive guide just pointed to it as we came across it. It was a nice, vibrant yellow.

crinoid shrimp

19:35:35

Sun, January 06, 2008

Lembeh 2007 Favorite of the Day, January 6th, 2008    [ Diving,Photography,Travel ]

There are numerous fish in the world known as batfish. Strange red-lipped batfish and other varieties that walk on the bottom, as well as the spadefish types. The spadefish types are really beautiful when they are juveniles, sometimes having ultra elongated shapes and vivid colors. Even as a juvenile, a pinnate batfish can be several feet in height, and are usually jet black with a neon orange border when very young. This juvenile was tiny, only an inch or so tall at most, and swam constantly in circles, as the juvies typically do. I’ve wanted a good photo of one of these for ages, but the ones I’ve seen before are typically tucked in a crevice, and are so large that it’s difficult to get a good framing without too much water between. Because this one was tiny and out in the open, it was much easier to photograph, although even so, the constant movement made it hard to get the right perspective.

batfish

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