Muck diving in Lembeh Strait

Here’s a few pictures I took while on  a diving trip to Lembeh Strait in Indonesia.  We stayed at the amazing Lembeh Resort  Check out their site but also check their reviews on TripAdvisor if you really want to see how a resort should be run 🙂

I guess most of these are standard issue if you’ve been muck diving before, but in case you haven’t this 1st pic is a Pygmy seahorse, Latin name is Hippocampus bargibanti, not much bigger than your little fingernail & live exclusively on fan coral.

Pygmy seahorse (Hippocampus bargibanti)
Pygmy seahorse (Hippocampus bargibanti)

Next up is a Painted frogfish, Latin name is Antennarius pictus, that little white blob straight up from his eye is actually a lure they use for hunting prey

Painted frogfish (Antennarius pictus)
Painted frogfish (Antennarius pictus)

 

Flamboyant cuttlefish!! Latin name is Metasepia pfefferi, 1 of my favourite critters (don’t moan at me for calling them critters)

Flamboyant cuttlefish (Metasepia pfefferi)
Flamboyant cuttlefish (Metasepia pfefferi)

 

Blue ringed octopus, Latin name Hapalochlaena lunulata, tiny little thing that’s also one of the most venomous creatures you’ll find, luckily not at all aggressive 🙂

Blue ringed octopus (Hapalochlaena lunulata)
Blue ringed octopus (Hapalochlaena lunulata)

Last but not least, I seem to have always struggled getting a picture of any kind of pipefish, doesn’t matter what species, I just have a bit of a block with them.  So that’s why I’ve put this pic here, its a Schultz’s Pipefish, Latin is Corythoichthys schultzi and it was feeding on tiny little creatures on the sponge

Schultz's Pipefish (Corythoichthys schultzi)
Schultz’s Pipefish (Corythoichthys schultzi)

 

I should add all these pics were taken with a Canon 7d and 100mm macro in a Nauticam housing, 2 Inon S2000 strobes for lighting

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