curious

Location
Lembeh, Indonesia

More often than not, I struggle to get a good shot of the ever-shy cuttlefish. But things were different this time. On a night dive in Lembeh, I experimented with the red light function on my camera strobes. Fish and many other marine animals don’t really react to or see the colour red, because as a light, the hue penetrates the least through water. As a result, I was able to get close to this one curious critter.

the rainbow terror

Location
Lembeh, Indonesia

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.

 

go team

Location
Lembeh, Indonesia

Boxer crabs (also known as the pom-pom crab) carry a live sea anemone in each claw, which is used to defend themselves and catch food. Look closely and you’ll see that the white fluffy things look just like boxing gloves/cheerleading pom poms, which explains the name (and nickname) of this unique critter.