Watch Where You Step!

scorpionfish

Watch out! There are some scary things a-lurkin’ in those rocks just offshore. And they blend in with their surroundings perfectly.  The scorpionfish above appears to have activated its cloaking device. Can you see it?

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Hole in the Wall

Tony at Hole in the Wall near Sabang, Mindoro

Check out Tony as he swims through Sabang’s famous Hole in the Wall. It’s a beautiful dive site with schools of tiny fish, stunning coral, and ribbon-like banded sea snakes. 😮 Although sea snakes are one of the world’s most poisonous animals, the real threat proved to be the fire coral lining the swim-through. Notice the way Tony is holding his right hand, he’s already been stung in this picture. He’s got quite a nasty set of blisters on his wrist at the moment.

Still Much to Discover

Are you, like me, worried that the mysteries of the world are quickly coming to an end, that all great discoveries have been made, that the world is quickly becoming a boring place. Well, it seems that Mother Earth still has some surprises up her sleeve.

We recently introduced the mysterious oarfish to our visitors in the form of a rather questionable picture of the legendary Naga from Laos. By some strange stroke of coincidence, scientists recently managed to capture a living oarfish on film for the first time. It’s quite a surreal creature.

Other recent discoveries here in the Philippines also spark the imagination. Researchers have discovered a new, multicolored giant monitor lizard which can grow up to two meters long in northern Luzon. (You might remember that we have a special place in our hearts for monitor lizards.) And straight out of Little Shop of Horrors, scientist have discovered a giant, meat-eating pitcher plant in Palawan, although I don’t think it will be swallowing up any people.

Isn’t it great to know that there is still something to discover in a rather used-up world?

Lionfish Art

Lionfish near Sabang, Mindoro

It looks like a piece of abstract art, but the picture above is a lionfish (viewed from above) hovering alongside the rusted hull of the Alma Jane. The flash really brought out the translucent coloring in the  feather-like fins of the fish. Underwater photography is a whole new art for us, but I think we are already addicted.

The Alma Jane

Thomas Dives the Alma Jane near Sabang, Mindoro

I always used to say that I wasn’t a huge fan of wreck diving, but after diving the Alma Jane, I just may have to reconsider. Huge schools of bat fish, swirls of black trigger fish, eels, snakes, and enormous lion fish hovering like underwater mines along the way – what an adventure. Inspired by the dive, Thomas and I are already eyeing the world-famous wrecks in Coron Bay off of Busuanga for some future adventures.