Posts Tagged "Diving"

Axiidea; Burrowing Shrimps

Posted by on Oct 25, 2019 in | Comments Off on Axiidea; Burrowing Shrimps

Also known as Mud Shrimps, these decapods live only below the sand. This meant that when we encountered this one when diving in Chaloklum Bay, we had no idea what it was! Turns out that he’s from the Callianassidae family – a male Trypaea australiensis probably. It seems that members of this infra-order are not at all like your conventional Caridean...

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Emperor Angelfish, Pomacanthus imperator

Posted by on Aug 30, 2019 in | Comments Off on Emperor Angelfish, Pomacanthus imperator

In nearly 30 years of diving around Koh Phangan we had never seen an Emperor Angelfish! In July 2019 on a great dive trip to Samran Pinnacle we were able to take a couple of underwater...

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Pennaria disticha

Posted by on Jun 30, 2019 in | Comments Off on Pennaria disticha

Pennaria disticha is another colonial hydroid that you are unlikely to notice when diving or snorkelling here. They are most often found on piers and moorings around Koh...

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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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