Mike Bryant's Dive Trips, Photo Galleries

Hawksbill Sea Turtle.

Hawksbill Sea Turtle. It's

in an artificial reef

constructed from old

truck tires.

Harlequin Swimming

Crab, about 1 inch wide.

Harlequin Swimming

Crab. Small crab, BIG

attitude.

White Spotted Hermit

Crab.

Decorator Crab that's

just molted its outer shell

and "decoration". About

1 inch wide. See next

photo.

Decorator Crab, this one

has  the typical bits and

pieces camouflage it

attaches to itself.

Blunt Decorator Crab.

About 2 inches wide, 

covered with different

corals, tunicates, algae.

Jellyfish Carry Crab. This

"decorator" just holds

onto a jellyfish with

specially adapted rear

legs.

Jellyfish Carry Crab.

ABout 2 inches.

Soft Coral Crab. Maybe

1/2 inch wide.

Soft Coral Crab.

Arrowhead Crab. This is

another decorator, it has

a piece of seaweed on its

head.

Arrowhead Crab with

seaweed toupee. Maybe 1

inch.

Arrowhead Crabs mating.

The green one with the

seaweed toupee is the

male (figures).

Arrowhead Crabs mating.

Sea Hare.  A shell less

mollusk, about  1-1/2

inches long.

Sea Hare. Related to

Nudibranchs (next photo)

but no exposed gills.

Nudibranch. Latin for

"naked gill".  See the

exposed feathery gills to

the left. 1 inch.

Nudibranch. There are

thousands of species and

when a new, 40,000 page

book is published,  it will

identify maybe 20% of

them.

Nudibranch.

Nudibranch.

Nudibranch.

Nudibranch.

Nudibranch.

Nudibranch. This one has

a hitchhiker, a tiny

Emperor Shrimp living on

it. The shrimp is 1/4 inch

long.

Shrimps, less than 1/4

inch.  Living on sea star.

Squat Anemone Shrimp.

About 1/2 inch,

Squat Anemone Shrimp.

Squat Anemone Shrimp.

Harlequin Shrimp. They

have claws like chisels to

carve off "legs" from

starfish. That's what they

eat.

Harlequin Shrimp, the

male is is the small blue

one. The big female is

1-1/4".

Crinoid Shrimp, less than

1/2 inch.

Crinoid Shrimp. They live

in crinoids and usually

match the color like this

one.

Crinoid Shrimp, maybe

3/8 inch.

Skeleton Shrimp,

Amphipod. Maybe 1/2"

long,

Skeleton Shrimp,

Amphipod.

Skeleton Shrimp,

Amphipod. Even tinier

juveniles on parent.

Skeleton Shrimp,

Amphipod.

Skeleton Shrimp,

Amphipod.

Amphipod relative. This

one builds tubes to live

in.

Amphipod relative in

tube. The tube is the

diameter of a stirring

straw, less than 1/10 inch.

Amphipod, brawling like

the Skeleton Shrimp.

Amphipod.

Amphipod.Get away from

my tube....

Mimic Octopus, maybe

6". They can grow to

several feet.

Probable Dwarf

Cuttlefish, colors are

variable. 4 inches.

Cuttlefish,  2 inches. See

next picture for color

change.

Exactly the same

Cuttlefish, seconds later.

They change color to

communicate. See prior

picture.

Flamboyant Cuttlefish,

maybe 3 inches long.

Flamboyant Cuttlefish.

Do not swim like other

cuttlefish, bottom

dwellers.

Flamboyant Cuttlefish,

mating and messing with

each other.

The larger female is at the

left, the two males are

competing.

Flamboyant Cuttlefish.

Males are to the left.

Flamboyant Cuttlefish,

each of the males is

making sure the other

male can't get to the

female

Flamboyant Cuttlefish,

female (right) pretty

unimpressed by her

suitors.

Hairy Shrimp.  It's the

size of a match head,

about 1/8 inch. REALLY

small.

Hairy Shrimp. I have been

after a decent shot of

these for years. Look at

the sand grains for scale

of size.

Look close, she is

carrying eggs under her

tail. And that's an

Amphipod photobomb to

the right.

Philippines Dumaguete 2015, Creatures

and Critters

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There were fascinating and REALLY tiny animals in Dumaguete.  Every dive was

covered with Skeleton "Shrimp". Not really shrimp, they are crustaceans in the

Amphipod family (found worldwide). Almost every photo I took was photobombed by

these little critters, they look like a 1/2" piece of dental floss and were in the millions,

on the sand and everything else. They seem to spend all their time squabbling with

each other, it's like a huge Amphipod bar room brawl down there.

Just like the fish gallery, there was interesting mating behavior with cuttlefish and

crabs, April must be the month.

The small "stuff" is just an endless source of fascination, it's hard to describe just how

tiny some of these creatures are but if there's a grain of sand in the picture, thats a

good reference point.

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