Dive No. 1003/04 clear blue water... schools of...
     
  ۼ : Ralf  
  ۼ : 2003/11/29 18:15  
  ȸ : 2440  
     
  Dive No. 1003/1004 - Little Munsom - Air 19C - Water 21C - sunny to cloudy - visibility 15 meter

Kim, Leah, Edward and me had 2 wonderful dives at Little Munsom today. The water was blue and visibility (15m) had improved a lot since the day before yesterday when it was down to 5 meters. There was a good tidal current and the soft coral were feeding showing us their full beauty. We saw big schools of damselfish, yellow stripped butterfish, cardinalfish and anchovy.

Again I was able to spot a frogfish that I have seen for a few weeks in the same place. Frogfish are short, laterally compressed fish with small eyes and a large mouth. Its color pattern is highly variable from white, yellow, red, brown and black. Their pectoral fins look more like feet than fins and they actually walk on them rather than swiming. They have 3 dorsal spines on their head of which the first one is a fleshy bait. They feed on fish and crustaceans attracted by the wriggling bait. Once a fish comes close enough to the bait the frogfish opens its mouth and sucks in the prey. This can take a little as 1/3000 of a second. For divers they are hard to spot because they blend in the environment trying to look like a piece of sponge or coral.
I took the picture of that frogfish about 4 weeks ago but it is the same animal we saw today.

Safe diving

Ralf


 
     
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