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Underwater Philippines 2008

This was our return visit to Anilao in the Batangas region of the Philippines. We rarely repeat a dive destination but as you can see from the diversity of marine life there is so much to see here. I get many comments asking where we stayed. Our choice of accomodation was Club Ocellaris just outside of Anilao and right on the water. Be sure to visit http://www.pbase.com/arking25/philippines_2008 to see more images above and below the sea. Would we go back?? Another popular question, yes in a heart beat.
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Urchin Shrimp Live Shell feeding at night Night Squid Red Crab You wanna  piece of me It appears something tried to eat this fish from the tears on the skin.  The venomous spines of the Lionfish must have saved the day.

It appears something tried to eat this fish from the tears on the skin. The venomous spines of the Lionfish must have saved the day.

Frogfish A live shell on the prowl When feeling threatened (being spotted by a divers flashlight) the octopus is all about bluster,
color, and texture change as seen here

When feeling threatened (being spotted by a divers flashlight) the octopus is all about bluster,
color, and texture change as seen here

Scutus unguis Filamented Goby juv. flounder
Amphiprion frenatus

Amphiprion frenatus

Anemone fish May be a bit pregnant with a recovering bite on tail.

May be a bit pregnant with a recovering bite on tail.

Nembrotha milleri

Nembrotha milleri

Jewelled Blenny Lionfish Portrait
Blenny in a shell Ringed Pipefish Pair Tube Anemone Puffer eye A pair of Filefish in a mating prelude

A pair of Filefish in a mating prelude

Octopus in tin can
Fire clam Actually anal sacs, and the unusual part of this is that there are two.
Very uncommon to see

Actually anal sacs, and the unusual part of this is that there are two.
Very uncommon to see

Sundial Octopus Lunch Squid at night Squid capturing fish at night
Bobtail squid Flamboyant Cuttlefish The feeding tentacle is present in the center of this image.  It acts as a sticky harpoon to capture it's
prey.

The feeding tentacle is present in the center of this image. It acts as a sticky harpoon to capture it's
prey.

Flamboyant Cuttlefish you wanna piece of me?!

"you wanna piece of me?!"

A squid  taken at night
Crinoid Shrimp Crab that lives on soft coral Snapping Shrimp shrimp on soft coral Sexy Shrimp on tube worm case Crown of Thorns Shrimp
Clear Shrimp View in original size and notice the abdomen is full of eggs.

View in original size and notice the abdomen is full of eggs.

Orangutan Crab Life on a Crinoid Crab with eggs Squat Lobster
Shrimps in Crinoid A Shrimp full of eggs on Anemone Crab Sea Spider Harlequin Shrimp Tiger shrimp
One cool dude

One cool dude

Juvenile Blueribbon Eel White eyed morays

White eyed morays

Napoleon Snake eel Napoleon Snake Eel out and about Pair of Coleman Shrimp on urchin
Hairy Squat Lobster Peacock Mantis Shrimp mantis.jpg This crab covers its body with bits of sponge.

This crab covers its body with bits of sponge.

Regal Angelfish Sharpnosed Hawkfish
Catfish School Starfish with wild spikes Big Eye Alive Cone shell eyes After injecting its dinner with a venomous harpoon, this cone shell swallowed its prey.
This all happened in just a few minutes.

After injecting its dinner with a venomous harpoon, this cone shell swallowed its prey.
This all happened in just a few minutes.

White Scorpionfish
Ambon Scorpion Fish Stargazer Spiny Devilfish Dragonet in drag!

Dragonet in drag!

Hairy Frogfish Hairy Frogfish with lure extended
Warty Frogfish with lure resting on head White Frogfish Frogfish ( lure extended ) This poor pufferfish wandered into the tentacles of this very large tube worm in the sand.

This poor pufferfish wandered into the tentacles of this very large tube worm in the sand.

Be sure to view the head on this creature in original size!

Be sure to view the head on this creature in original size!

A fireworm flirting with a Bobbit worm
This unlikely couple live together in the same burrow and protect one another from predators.

This unlikely couple live together in the same burrow and protect one another from predators.

Male Jawfish with Eggs Ornate Ghostpipefish Ornate Ghost pipefish Robust Ghost Pipefish Pregnant Pygmy Seahorse
Pygmy Seahorse The bold pygmy faces the camera, while the shy pregnant pygmy seahorse looks the other way.
Note the way this incredible creature has developed to look so much like the soft coral it calls home.

The bold pygmy faces the camera, while the shy pregnant pygmy seahorse looks the other way.
Note the way this incredible creature has developed to look so much like the soft coral it calls home.

Anemone Nudibranch Lined Nembrothas Mating Mating Nembrothas
Nembrotha chamberlaini

Nembrotha chamberlaini

Chromodoris mating prelude Pteraeolidia ianthina

Pteraeolidia ianthina

Flatworm on sponge Two Nudibranchs Roaming Lined Nembrothas mating with eggs present
Mating Prelude (Chromodoris reticulata) Aldisa sp. Food or eggs or both  ????

Food or eggs or both ????

These are each about 8 inches long and 5 inches wide

These are each about 8 inches long and 5 inches wide

Dendrodoris denisoni The left side appears damaged from exploratory fish bites.

The left side appears damaged from exploratory fish bites.

Armina Helmut Gurnard Lumpy Chromodoris meet and greet This is special because the left rhinophore is split like an antler.
It is not very common and is perhaps a birth defect.
The rhinophores are the two colorful sensory organs located on the front top of a nudibranch, they act like a nose to detect chemical signals.

This is special because the left rhinophore is split like an antler.
It is not very common and is perhaps a birth defect.
The rhinophores are the two colorful sensory organs located on the front top of a nudibranch, they act like a nose to detect chemical signals.

Elysia sp. nudibranch

nudibranch

Headshields

Headshields

Cowrie Shell on Soft Coral Shell feeding The one the left has its mantle covering the shell.
The cowrie on the right has the shell exposed.

The one the left has its mantle covering the shell.
The cowrie on the right has the shell exposed.

Cowrie laying eggs Juvenile Box Fish
Sabretooth Blenny Just minutes before surfacing I was photographing frogfish, ghost pipefish, nudibranchs,
mantis shrimp and harlequin shrimp.  Just yards away local children were enjoying the beach with no idea that these creatures were so close to their toes.

Just minutes before surfacing I was photographing frogfish, ghost pipefish, nudibranchs,
mantis shrimp and harlequin shrimp. Just yards away local children were enjoying the beach with no idea that these creatures were so close to their toes.

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