Saturday, December 31, 2011

Fishes... clown, bat... fingered dragonet... etc...

Was sorting out some of the pics in the hard disk...
On this final day of 2011, thought I should post some more photos from our last trip to Mabul and Sipadan...
Took this shot of the resort just before going for dinner one day...
Forgot my tripod, so I rested the camera on the railings for the shot...
We did a lot of self-dives that time...
We just enjoyed the freedom to stay as long as we like, underwater...
The clown fish... they were just so, so pretty...

Batfish are common in those waters...
And they were not afraid even when I went close.... slowly, that is...
Think these guys are called Bengal snappers...
They have some blue lines on the upper body and the white belly being quite distinct...
Was really fascinated with this fingered dragonet...
It was using its ventral fins to 'walk' on the sand...
I followed and followed...
It walked and walked...

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Wondered why would anyone call these pretty things 'pink skunk' clownfish...
They are so pretty to look at, and to photograph...
This cute, little bi-color blenny was sitting on the corals...
and waiting for me to photograph it?
Mantis shrimps are really super colorful creatures...
This one made its home in a sunken coconut root stump...
Patience is needed while waiting for it to come out from its burrow...