Sunday, January 21, 2018

Misool: Macro Heaven

<Deep Voice>: I'm Bat-worm.
Our friend Lisa, whom we first dove with in Hawaii years ago and is now running an dive operation in The Solomons, calls divers who only want to look for nudibranchs, 'Nudi-Nuts'. I don't know if we qualify as Nudi-Nuts, but the little critters are fascinating. Matt got some good shots in Misool, the southern part of Raja Ampat.

 
We don't have the Pacific creature identification books or the attention span to identify all these guys (and by 'we', I mean me). But our friends on Field Trip have said many of these are in the Field Book, but listed as 'undetermined' or 'unidentified' anyway. Taxonomic considerations notwithstanding, I could look at these guys all day. They seemingly have a lot of personality for creatures without a face. Misool is definitely rife with the small stuff and the coral is pretty nice too.










 


We saw some other stuff too. Hope I'm not making your head spin with all these technical terms.


Bazillions (yes, a real number) of shrimp in this coral.
Blue dragon in there


You got shrimp on your face, you're a big disgrace










We have left Field Trip for now as we head towards Darwin. We're currently in the Banda Islands. We actually got to sail for a bit, which is a rare treat in Indonesia this time of year.

1 comment:

  1. I’m flabbergasted at how many varieties of nudibranchs you’ve seen. The pictures are stunning.

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