So.. going through the hard drive I found a RAW pic that we took at Mundhoo Kandu Haa back in April. The dive site is a fairly deep thila pinnacle with the top at approx 17m or 55ft. There is a fair bit of pelagic action with some big tuna as well and it is common to hear a group of dolphins nearby as sound travels through the water much better and further than on land. Anyway- some schooling bannerfish……
Coming back over the sandy ally from a very pleasant dive I found a Peacock Sole- again a fish I have been looking for since I arrived here in February and haven’t found until today.
I quite like these little fish- they have a very anthropomorphic face and often give pretty nice poses as they lift their upper bodies up off the sand.
That saying has absolutely nothing to do with this picture- but this is what you see when you’re swimming past a ghost pipefish. They don’t call them ghosts for nothing!
When it is a Robust Ghost Pipefish 🙂
Related to the seahorse the ghost pipefish family are some of the coolest fish in the ocean. The Robust GPF is probably the most common species but one of the most difficult to find. In fact this is the first one I have found since I was diving in Egypt.
Here’s me trying to be artistic. It was a really low tide so I was walking up the beach intending to dive back and this Makana was hanging out.
Don’t quite know how this shot came about- it was upside down and the visibility was pretty poor but the wonders of RAW settings made it in to something quite different.
One day I hope to get a strobe which I hope means will help with capturing more colour. Until I have a spare $700 though….
This is a sea slug- if the word ‘slug’ makes you curl your lip- try ‘warty slug’ on for size. Delicious.
These animals graze on algae and sometimes different types of stinging hydroids and then transfer the poison to their skin, making them fairly unappetising for fish. Like many animals on land, they colour themselves brightly to advertise the fact that they have a toxin. Which is a good thing because being a slug, they can’t exactly flee at the first signs of danger.
Photographers love slugs and nudibranchs for these reasons: they’re colourful and they don’t move. So even amateurs like me can get a decent focus!
This is a member of the pufferfish family and they’re normally found in pairs. Getting them to pose together is another story. Like many fish in the English language, it goes by many names- one of which is the Black-saddled Toby.
These are actually quite rare in Laamu- they are so common in other parts of the Maldives where I have dived, guides often don’t bother pointing them out unless they’re as big as Andre the Giant. Yes, they get that big!
They are fairly blind but have a great sense of smell, which is why we use chopsticks when eating sushi.