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Smashing Mantis Shrimp; Odontodactylidae

Posted by on Oct 27, 2018 in | Comments Off on Smashing Mantis Shrimp; Odontodactylidae

Smashing Mantis Shrimps stun and destroy their prey using super high-speed bony hammers! And their optical systems are the only sensors in nature to detect circular polarised light. They have quite complex behaviour patterns too – genuinely interesting lifeforms – there’s so much to learn! Sadly we don’t see them so often when SCUBA diving – the Peacock Mantis Shrimp photo’s come from our only sighting, with a camera...

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Stichopus ocellatus

Posted by on Sep 5, 2018 in | Comments Off on Stichopus ocellatus

Stichopus ocellatus is named after the white papillae on its surface, resembling small eyes. Again common in Asian waters, but not so often seen when we go SCUBA diving or...

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Looks like a busy August on Koh Phangan

Posted by on Aug 11, 2018 in Koh Phangan information, Scuba Diving | 0 comments

Looks like a busy August on Koh Phangan

It’s August already, and Koh Phangan is getting much more lively. It’s that time of the year when everyone wants to do their PADI course and go fun diving or snorkelling. This is fine for the team at the dive centre – we like to be busy and especially love the chance to offer a variety of dive trips. A South-westerly wind continues to blow when it shouldn’t, making the surface a bit wavy, but we’re still making big boat trips to Sail Rock and shore diving in Chaloklum Bay. It’s still a little rough on the West coast of Koh Phangan at Mae Haad Reef and Koh...

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Stichopus Sea Cucumbers; Synallactida

Posted by on Jun 30, 2018 in | Comments Off on Stichopus Sea Cucumbers; Synallactida

The Stichopus Sea Cucumbers are squat, square-profiled, thick-bodied creatures. You can see many of them when scuba diving on the reefs at our local dive sites. They are not easy to identify – amongst these underwater photos we might have a new species from Koh Phangan!! Stichopus chloronotus Commonly known as the spiky or black knobby sea cucumber - for obvious reasons. 3 Photos Stichopus cf. horrens An ugly, warty, pustulose beastie - seen on 2 occasions. 4 Photos Stichopus ocellatus A chunky beast - usually found around coral reefs, filter feeding away... 3 Photos...

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Genus Pseudoceros

Posted by on May 19, 2018 in | Comments Off on Genus Pseudoceros

The genus Pseudoceros contains the largest number of marine flatworms in our guide. Hence you are most likely to see them when SCUBA diving or snorkelling around Koh Phangan… Pseudoceros concinnus Previously mis-identified as Pseudoceros monostichos. 7 Photos Pseudoceros indicus A small, active flatworm spotted in the shallows. 4 Photos Pseudoceros prudhoei This flatworm was wrongly labelled before as Pseudoceros hancockanus - they all look so similar at first! 5 Photos Pseudoceros scintillatus And what a scintillating flatworm it is!...

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