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.
This is a new crab for me- hidden amongst the substrate on the lagoon floor. The camouflage was so excellent I can easily understand why I have never seen them before…. however now I have a new challenge. If anyone has an idea what they’re called, I’d much appreciate a heads up. Potentially it is some type of ‘decorator crab’ however it was pretty much naked when I saw it.
It was a strange dive for me. In an area about 5m square I saw the following creatures: 2 mating nudibranchs, a tiny banded pipefish, a beautiful juvenile lionfish, a hermit crab, a peacock sole and some weird looking shellfish.
Fushi Kandu- perhaps the best Grey Reef Shark dive site that I have experienced in the Maldives. 2 days ago I counted more than 20 greys and a few whitetips…. who don’t have the courage to mix it with the big girls.
The next day there were ‘only’ a dozen circling an ever-decreasing school of hapless big-eyes.
With Jude over-seeing the divers, I managed to take a couple of cheeky pics, but at 25m, shooting with ambient light, it really shows my inability to get well-balanced shots.
Lightroom helps boost some colours but that in turn blows out the sand or gives it a reddish tinge. But,…. ya get the idea- Fushi Kandu ROCKS!
Below are some more shots of the first dive at Fushi Kandu and the second at Mundhoo Kandu
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!
Taken a few minutes ago at the beach outside the dive center. This is a traditional ‘boduberu’ group from the village down the road, who perform with drums and chant. The dancing that goes with it is pretty infectious…. even I got my wiggle on for a few minutes with my neighbour’s 7 year old daughter.
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.
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.