Anilao, The Philippines
Anilao is known for its muck dives and macro finds. One afternoon I explored a dive site named Koala, and I didn’t expect to find anything larger than a crab there.
Halfway through the dive, my guide gave me the signal to look at the shallow reef. I dropped down a few metres and inspected the reef, wondering what he could’ve seen from so far away. I looked up, and he gave me the same signal. I looked around once more. Nothing.
Then, just as I looked up again, this turtle was there, right in front of me. That’s what my dive guide was trying to tell me to look at the whole time! The visibility wasn’t that great and it was pretty cloudy up above, but I still managed to get a shot of this incredibly curious guy. It was the only time I had to move away to get a proper shot of an animal because he kept inching closer towards me – he was actually trying to take a bite out of my bright green fins.
The bobbit worm – where do I even begin? This terrifying creature has been on my wishlist since the day I first learned of its existence. I can’t tell you how happy I was when the amazing dive guides at Dive Into Lembeh found not one, but four of these guys on a night dive.
If you’re not sure what you’re looking at, here are some fun facts for you to chew on:
Freaky Fact #1: The bobbit worm can reach lengths of up to 10 feet. That makes it way taller than the average human being, by the way.
Freaky Fact #2: For their meals, they bury themselves in the seabed and once they sense something tasty swimming right above them, they use their razor sharp teeth and incredible speed to grab hold of it before dragging their choice of grub beneath the ocean floor. The feasting then begins…
Freaky Fact #3: There’s nothing wrong with my camera – that’s the actual colour of a bobbit worm’s body. When it catches the light, it practically sparkles and shimmers. Not the happy kind though, that’s for sure.
Tubbataha, The Philippines
Barracuda are such mean-looking creatures. If they were human, they would definitely be big, chunky, heavily-tattooed men who ride Harley-Davidson motorcycles and smoke three packs a day. Either that or an Agatha Trunchbull-type figure.