Masters of disguise

Lots of marine critters use camouflage to hide out, but this week’s marine critters – a couple of scorpionfish (Scorpaenidae) species – take camo to a whole new level! As it’s name suggests, the leaf scorpionfish, Taenianotus triacanthus looks like a leaf. Passers by are easily fooled as it sways gently side to side. I…

Another fancy shrimp

Following on from last week’s marble shrimp, this week’s marine critter is a little shrimp I spotted while diving in Pulau Redang [hyperlink] a few days ago – the camel shrimp, or Rhynchocinetes durbanensis, also known as hinge-beak shrimp, or dancing shrimp. These guys are adorned in a beautiful red and white pattern with big…

Have you lost your marbles?

Well if you have, I’ve found a few hiding out in some coral nooks and crannies! This week’s marine critter is the Marble Shrimp, Saron marmoratus. Wikipedia calls them “a rather hunch-backed dumpy species of shrimp”, and I guess that’s probably true, but I love their crazy costumes! They are mainly found in the Indo-Pacific region…

A big dose of vitamin sea

After the murky waters of the Malacca Strait, and shore excursions to Myanmar and around mainland Malaysia, we were overdue for some vitamin sea. Fortunately the Johor Islands along Malaysia’s east coast obliged. Actually the Johor Islands were a pleasant surprise. A little cluster of islands ringed with great beaches and fringing reefs, with welcoming…

Shark!

Don’t be alarmed, this week’s marine critter is the usually shy, sometimes friendly blacktip reefshark, Carcharhinus melanopterus. We really haven’t seen many sharks during the trip. Sadly numbers are declining globally due to overfishing. But there were lots of friendly reef sharks hanging around the Johor Islands in Malaysia. At Pulau Sibu, on the house-reef…

An unusual find: Coriocella sea-snail

Welcome to Marine Critter Monday! Now we are back in clear water and diving heaps, each week I’ll profile a cool critter I’ve found. This week: Coriocella sea-snails! I found this little guy hanging out under a shallow rock ledge while hunting nudibranchs in Nai Harn Bay in Thailand. I thought it was some kind of…

Anchor chain bootcamp!

Here’s an idea for bootcamp: dragging a tonne of anchor chain back and forth across sand. I wonder if anyone would turn up if that’s what was advertised? Unfortunately for us, we didn’t have a choice. Ever since we had the chain regalvanised in Penang  , it was constantly skipping on the gypsy, making it…

One year cruising!

Happy cruising anniversary to us. We cast off the lines and left Scarborough Marina at 4am one year ago! In that year, we’ve covered more than 6000 nautical miles across several seas and four countries. How do you distil a whole year into one post? It’s a bit tough, with all the awesome adventures we’ve had;…

Sawasdee Surins and Similans!

Sawasdee carp, greetings from the Surin and Similan Islands! Little islands dotted around the Andaman Sea that are rich with abundant marine life and amazing water clarity. As a marine-biologist-wannabe, I was in heaven! Surin Island tranquility As we arrived into Tranquil Bay in the Surin Islands [bold] we picked up one of the numerous Government…

Whistlestop tour!

Welcome aboard Debs!! Thanks for being our latest guest crew member on Angel Wing! And even though it was only for a brief whistlestop tour, we still packed a fair bit in: Paddling through the hongs in Phang Nga Bay, followed up with some pretty classy sundowners!   Diving and snorkelling at Koh Racha Yai,…

Hermaphrodites and hermits (Marine Biology 101)

Ah, it’s so great to be back in clear water, with diving and snorkelling spots around nearly every corner! And in Kamala Bay, Phuket, we found nudibranch heaven!! We spotted more than ten species, including a few mating pairs, and lots of nudi egg ribbons. (According to Google), nudibranchs are a group of soft-bodied marine…

Marine Biology 101: Jellyfish

Actually  “jellyfish” is a misnomer. Fish are vertebrates (i.e. they have bones) and jellyfish don’t, so they aren’t fish at all. In any case, it’s been a long time since I’ve been able to dive or snorkel, so the only marine wildlife I’ve spotted in the last two months have been various jellyfish. Each day…