Blue Ringed Octopus with Eggs

Towards the end of January we had some repeater guests come to visit, Dominique and Babette.  They had a great time diving with Indra (they gave him a book of photos from the previous trip, too). As promised they sent us some of their photos, which I will use for today’s blog post as I…

New Year, New Blog, New Awards!

As you can see, the blog now has a new home.  We hope that this will give the users better interactions and also make the blog easier to read and share. January has been an exciting month, we had Bent here again, spouting his deeply intelligent and thought provoking ecological musings as well Ken who…

A crab up your butt!

All divers interested in critters sooner or later will get interested in crustaceans. Some of the crustaceans are considered “must see” items, such as harlequin shrimp, tiger shrimp, several of the extremely small shrimp recently found here in Lembeh, emperor shrimp and a host of other shrimp. The keyword here is shrimp.  Crabs on the…

Sex: when bigger is better!

Simon actually did some serious thinking the other day after my blog on the rarity of sexually selected characters in marine systems. He came up with a couple more examples of sexual selection, one of which was the difference between the sexes in mandarin fish. Mandarin fish males are much larger than females and have…