Wakatobi: Scuba

Wakatobi: Scuba

Wakatobi: The Experience

Wakatobi: The Experience

Wakatobi: Home

Wakatobi: Home

Look out for 2 pieces of seagrass floating more or less in parallel. These just might be a pair of robust ghostpipefish or a dead leaf and a single robust ghostpipefish! Hey presto, you are an admired master spotter pointing out one of the best camouflaged critters to your buddies! (Photograph: Ken Knezick)

Look out for 2 pieces of seagrass floating more or less in parallel. These just might be a pair of robust ghostpipefish or a dead leaf and a single robust ghostpipefish! Hey presto, you are an admired master spotter pointing out one of the best camouflaged critters to your buddies! (Photograph: Ken Knezick)

The Orange Stripe Prawn Goby, also known as Randall’s Shrimp Goby, was first discovered in the Western Pacific in 1978 by Hoese and Steene. The body is white with orange stripes, with one orange stripe over the eyes and around its entire head. The male may be identified by the fan-like dorsal fin that bares a dramatic eyespot. (Photograph: Paul Brazier)

The Orange Stripe Prawn Goby, also known as Randall’s Shrimp Goby, was first discovered in the Western Pacific in 1978 by Hoese and Steene. The body is white with orange stripes, with one orange stripe over the eyes and around its entire head. The male may be identified by the fan-like dorsal fin that bares a dramatic eyespot. (Photograph: Paul Brazier)

In the sun-dappled shallows, the reef with its garden of hard and soft corals presents a virtual wonderland of strange shapes and colors. (Photograph: Wayne MacWilliams)

In the sun-dappled shallows, the reef with its garden of hard and soft corals presents a virtual wonderland of strange shapes and colors. (Photograph: Wayne MacWilliams)

The striking dark brown and white colouring of the zebra crab and the weird and unusual shape of the carapace makes it really easy to recognize it. Zebra crab is one of the crustaceans live all their adult life on fire urchins. (Photograph: Steve & Carmen Williams)

The striking dark brown and white colouring of the zebra crab and the weird and unusual shape of the carapace makes it really easy to recognize it. Zebra crab is one of the crustaceans live all their adult life on fire urchins. (Photograph: Steve & Carmen Williams)

There are several families of cleaner shrimp: the spotted cleaner, the Pacific cleaner and the banded coral shrimp, shown here, which is actually more closely related to lobsters and crabs than it is to other shrimp. At Wakatobi shrimp-run cleaning stations are prolific on the reefs. As many as two dozen cleaner shrimp may inhabit a single cleaning station.  (Photograph: Walt Stearns)

There are several families of cleaner shrimp: the spotted cleaner, the Pacific cleaner and the banded coral shrimp, shown here, which is actually more closely related to lobsters and crabs than it is to other shrimp. At Wakatobi shrimp-run cleaning stations are prolific on the reefs. As many as two dozen cleaner shrimp may inhabit a single cleaning station. (Photograph: Walt Stearns)

There are two main types of nudibranchs: dorid nudibranchs and eolid nudibranchs. Dorid nudibranchs, breathe through gills that are on their back. Eolid nudibranchs have cerata - finger or nodular-like appendages that cover their back. Ocellated Phyllidia is belongs to the former and it’s also probably the most humorously patterned nudibranch - like it’s wearing a clown suit. (Photograph: Eric Schlogl)

There are two main types of nudibranchs: dorid nudibranchs and eolid nudibranchs. Dorid nudibranchs, breathe through gills that are on their back. Eolid nudibranchs have cerata - finger or nodular-like appendages that cover their back. Ocellated Phyllidia is belongs to the former and it’s also probably the most humorously patterned nudibranch - like it’s wearing a clown suit. (Photograph: Eric Schlogl)

Depending on the species, a sea star’s skin may feel leathery, or slightly prickly. Sea stars have a tough covering on their upper side, which is made up of plates of calcium carbonate with tiny spines on their surface. A sea star’s spines are used for protection from predators, which include birds, fish and sea otters.  (Photograph: Rod Klein)

Depending on the species, a sea star’s skin may feel leathery, or slightly prickly. Sea stars have a tough covering on their upper side, which is made up of plates of calcium carbonate with tiny spines on their surface. A sea star’s spines are used for protection from predators, which include birds, fish and sea otters. (Photograph: Rod Klein)

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