Thursday, July 28, 2011

Scuba diving the seas of Sulawesi...

I have always considered myself to be lucky...
In the sense that, my 'suweeto haato' shares the same passion for scuba diving as I do...
We particularly enjoy diving the seas off the east side of Sabah... 
And what more, we don't have to go far to enjoy the thrills of being underwater...
Here, my suweeto haato was having a good time observing a school of rabbit fishes just below the jetty... 

Can't remember the name, but these little fishes are such a joy to watch...
They normally position themselves in the rock crevices....
which naturally protect them from the currents as well as being preyed upon by their bigger cousins...


At Mabul Island's Paradise One dive site, we were pleasantly surprised to find a moray eel sharing its abode with cleaner shrimps...
Their relationship is somewhat symbiotic in that the shrimps clean the teeth of the moray eel... and I imagine the moray eel 'protects' the shrimps from being eaten by bigger fishes... 
While I was taking pictures, I could sense the shrimps climbing over to my hand...

This cute little puffer fish...again, I have to look up its name in the books...
Was following its movement for several minutes...
Really enjoyed watching it darting here and there...
And can you see the rock 'face' with the left arm up-stretched, index finger pointing upwards, 'kissed' by that little cutie?

These little fishes, chromis I think... their colors... so crisp and brilliant...
Ooh, it feels like heaven down there...

At Paradise Two dive site, there are a couple of these yellow trumpet fishes...
They have this habit of swimming head down... ever ready to snap at an un-suspecting prey...

The giant clams...
They come in several different colors and I think the bluish-purple is the most pretty...
These clams are huge and they are a delicacy in Okinawa and I think, the Philippines...
They are harvested for their shells as well, which I think is rather sad...
At the Sunday Market at Gaya Street in KK, there was a stall that specialized in selling only shells...
And people were buying them in droves...
Did a check on them and was very surprised to learn that they have the ability to cultivate plants in their body tissue...

They apparently feed on the plants themselves...