Dive Travel Guides, Underwater Photography & Education 2017-02-25T12:24:49+00:00

Dive Travel Guides, Underwater Photography & Education

Critters at Lembeh Resort

By | April 12th, 2017|Categories: Underwater Photography|

"Jade Gem"⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ This is the second instalment this week of "name that nudibranch". This is a another #species of #nudibranch that was shot in the #shallow #water in #Lembeh. It was one my #dive #guide has spotted for the first time a couple days earlier and was excited that I had my #super #macro set up ready to go as this little #jade #gem is getting close to #microscopic. ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ For this trip I had recently picked up a #canon 5DSR boasting 50 #megapixels which did come in handy for cropping this shot. I estimate this subject to be approximately 4mm in length and the weather was pretty rough this day so trying to shoot this in 9' (3M) of water with the surge did proved challenging.⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ If anyone else has seen this species or knows the scientific name; Please leave a comment. ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ This #scuba #diving photo was taken in a @aquaticadigital housing in beautiful @crittersatlembehresort in #north #sulawesi #indonesia. 1/1600 f32 ISO 100 with Sea & Sea 110alpha strobes. For more #oceanic #shark #fish #eco #conservation and #underwater #phototips please follow me @milesbelowphotography and milesbelow.com⠀

Wakatobi Resort

By | April 9th, 2017|Categories: Underwater Photography|

"Unknown Flower"Currently, about 2,300 valid #species of #nudibranchs are known and new ones are discovered every year. I have been #fortunate to photograph many #rare nudibranchs in Indonesia and most species I have encountered at least twice; except for this one (and few others I will share this week) It was the end of a #night #dive in Wakatobi and in the #halimeda #sea grass I spotted this strange orange shape. The dive #guide was very #curious and upon surfacing he also mentioned he had never see this #species before.Nudibranchs are a group of soft-bodied, #marine #gastropod molluscs which shed their shells after their larval stage.They are noted for their often extraordinary #colours and striking forms. If anyone knows or has seen this species please leave a comment below.This #scuba #diving photo was taken with a #canon #5DMKIIl in a @aquaticadigital housing in beautiful #wakatobi #sulawesi #indonesia. 1/200 f22 ISO 160 with Sea & Sea 110alpha strobes. For more #oceanic #shark #fish #eco #conservation and #underwater #phototips please follow me @milesbelowphotography and milesbelow.com⠀

Critters at Lembeh Resort

By | April 6th, 2017|Categories: Underwater Photography|

"#Unicorn"⠀ ⠀ This #baby #frog #fish is less than 6mm in length. You can see grains of sand which actually appear as small boulders in the photo. For #scale the entire frame you see is slightly less than the size of a dime. Most #underwaterphotographers #love to #explore and some of the best #dives can be spending 70 min #hunting for #critters in a 30 foot (9m) patch of sand or #halimeda #sea grass. ⠀ ⠀ Frog fish are masters at #camouflage and will change to match their surroundings. Unfortunately as juveniles when they are growing they often have not masked into their #environments yet. ⠀ ⠀ Frog fish lure their prey with a stalk between their eyes that copies the movements of its prey. Their mouth can open and expand to the width of their bodies to engulf its #prey.⠀ ⠀ This #underwater #scuba #diving photo was taken with a #canon #5DSR in a @aquaticadigital housing in beautiful #lembeh #sulawesi #indonesia. 1/250 f22 ISO 100 with Sea & Sea 110alpha strobes. For more daily #marine #oceanic #fauna #tips & #conservation #news please follow me @milesbelowphotography and milesbelow.com⠀

Turneffe Flats

By | April 3rd, 2017|Categories: Underwater Photography|

"Fighting Back"⠀ ⠀ An interesting shot of our #dive #guide trying to feed a speared Lion fish to a grouper. The Lion Fish is a problem to the #coral #reefs of #Belize. It is known to eat all the small #reef fishes that we #love visit on our scuba dive and snorkel trips. And because it doesn’t belong to the Caribbean it doesn’t have many #predators. ⠀ ⠀ It's believed #aquarium owners first dumped lionfish off the coast of #Florida in the mid-1980s. Since then, the fish have spawned at a rate that would make rabbits blush. Lionfish are now devouring reef fish from North Carolina across the Caribbean.⠀ ⠀ Many #caribbean islands are fighting back. #Marine #biologists and dive masters have been trying everything from training predatory fish to eat them to coaxing moray #eels to try a new delicacy. The challenge is you often encounter overly aggressive eels and predators. ⠀ ⠀ Additionally many #resorts are training divers to hunt the predatory creature, but more recently the answer is simple. Eat them! Lion fish have #poisonous spines that need to be removed before eating. It their buttery meat is often compared to hogfish, one of the most popular reef fish served in restaurants. The mild taste and flaky texture allows Lion Fish meat to be prepared in a wide variety of different ways. From raw (ceviche) to deep fried, grilled to blackened, Lion Fish dishes are growing in popularity and the potential answer to a growing epidemic.⠀ ⠀ This #underwater #scuba #diving photo was taken with a #canon #5DMKII in a @aquaticadigital. 1/60 f7.1 ISO 160 with Sea & Sea 110alpha #strobes. For more daily #marine #oceanic #fauna #tips & #conservation #news please follow me @milesbelowphotography and milesbelow.com

Wakatobi Resort

By | April 1st, 2017|Categories: Underwater Photography|

"Smile"⠀ ⠀ A smiling #blenny photographed in one of the destinations I #love most @wakatobi_resort #indonesia. ⠀ ⠀ Located in the Asia-Pacific World #Coral Triangle, in the province of South East Sulawesi, the #Wakatobi Islands offer clear #waters and a #rich #bio-diverse underwater life. Wakatobi hosts 942 #fish species and 750 coral #reef #species (of 850 globally), versus 50 in the Caribbean and 300 in the Red Sea.⠀ ⠀ Habitats found in the national park are #mangrove forest, coastal #forest, lowland swamp forest, riverbank #vegetation, lowland rainforest, mountain rainforest and coral reefs. The Wakatobi Archipelago has 25 groups of coral reefs including fringing reefs, barrier reefs and atolls.⠀ ⠀⠀ This #underwater #scuba #diving photo was taken with a #canon #5DMKIII in a @aquaticadigital. 1/200 f14 ISO 100 with Sea & Sea 110alpha #strobes. For more daily #marine #oceanic #fauna #tips & #conservation #news please follow me @milesbelowphotography and milesbelow.com⠀ #instafollow, #l4l #tagforlikes and #followback.

Critters at Lembeh Resort

By | March 28th, 2017|Categories: Underwater Photography|

"Sawblade"⠀ ⠀ The Tozeuma Shrimp or Sawblade Shrimp is another unique #critter found in the Lembeh Strait. It is generally found with black #corals and #sea whips in the #depths of the #ocean. An elongated #shrimp, which blends in with the coral not only by its shape, but also by adopting the same #colour bands as its particular coral colony host. It can be white, yellow, orange, red or combination of these. ⠀ ⠀ The #rarest colour combination is the one shown in this photo which is yellow and blue. It is quite #difficult to find, but stays up to a few months on the same coral. Extremely elongated and it's body is transparent with irregular transverse #camouflaging bands. ⠀ ⠀ This #underwater #scuba #diving photo was taken with a #canon #5DMKIII in a @aquaticahousing @crittersatlembehresort in beautiful #lembeh #sulawesi #indonesia. 1/200 f9 ISO 100 with Sea & Sea 110alpha #strobes. For more daily #marine #oceanic #fauna #tips & #conservation #news please follow me @milesbelowphotography and milesbelow.com⠀

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