Drumroll please………

Drumroll please.........

This is either a fairly common octopus in a juvenile stage…or an extremely rare mimic octopus normally found in areas like Indonesia.

Any experts out there can tell me?

Depth was around 5m on a sandy bottom. Size pictured here was about 10cm but this was as close as I could get as it immediately withdrew when I tried.

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Yaaaaaaaaaay!!!!

Yaaaaaaaaaay!!!!

Many thanks go to Chris Palmer for allowing us to put up some of his photos of the Ornate Ghost Pipefish which has a cool sounding Latin name: Solenostomus paradoxus. I’m really, really, really stoked to say that there are now 2 of them in the same coral bush. This may well mean that they’re a breeding pair.

It’s hard to say whether the largest one is the same fish as we saw last year. Chris was using a flash with his camera which really makes the colours explode as you see here in the first picture. I believe this is the female as it has a large brood pouch under its pelvic fin.

Compare the picture above to this one below of the male… which swam away as soon as we approached. Is that a sad indictment to the courage and testicular fortitude of the male species? Or does it simply show more intelligence…. Again, many thanks to Chris Palmer for the photos. Nice diving with you!

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Honeycomb Moray

Honeycomb Moray

I haven’t seen one of these morays for a long time, but while drifting in to the atoll I luckily looked down at the right time and spotted one. Honeycomb morays are amazingly beautiful creatures. Even the inside of the mouth continues with same markings. They are very relaxed animals and allow you to come very close if you approach slowly and without any sudden movements.

Ray Ray

Ray Ray

A song title stolen from New Zealand’s group Fat Freddies Drop. we found this stingray at the newly discovered dive site named Uthuru Haa. It was sitting at around 20m and we were getting pretty low on deco time. Luckily Jude managed to get a few snaps. I think it is a feathertail stingray…. but it’s hard to tell.

House Reef Dive

Sweet little dive today!

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Same spot, same little friend, posing again ^^ (Leaf Fish)

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This lizard fish didn’t run away 🙂

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Nice “little” giant moray eel

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Mantis Shrimp on the way to the house reef…

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and a snake eel on the way back from the house reef! first time for me! happyyyyyy!

Maximum depth 12m, visibility was not so great today as there was a bit of wind and waves stirring up the bottom.

Eagle rays are also quite common on our house reef  but couldn’t get a decent photo 🙂