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Hatching Cuttlefish frame grab Blenny Watcher Blo

Lembeh Video

July 1, 2012

June 2012 ~ Our last two posts have been about our Fish & Critter Hunts in Lembeh Strait, Indonesia, hosted by Eco Divers Resort, Lembeh. The Wi-Fi connection on the boat allowed me to post from the event but didn’t support the more resource intensive video upload, so those had to wait. I couldn’t include everything we saw, so went with some of my favorites, including a cool Melibe nudibranch, hatching Flamboyant cuttlefish, A very tiny frogfish, mating nudibranchs and … Read more

Ned DeLoach ctenophores on sea star

Ctenophores Galore!

May 30, 2012

Since we started the Blennywatcher Blog, we have met some really interesting people online. Two in particular have helped educate me about the subjects of my own posts and I am indebted to them for their willingness to share information. This past February, I posted video of a tiny frogfish and several juvenile lionfish that we observed riding around on Protoreaster nodosus sea stars (the link to that post is here). A few days later, Dr. Peter Wirtz contacted me after reading … Read more

New fairy wrasse, Cirrhilabrus humanni by Ned DeLoach

Fish Turns Humann!

May 19, 2012

Two years ago, on a dive site near Alor, Indonesia, I saw a fish I had never seen before. Last month, just over two years from my first sighting, we received word that the fish, collected by our friends, Dr. Gerald Allen and Dr. Mark Erdmann, has received its official name, Cirrhilabrus humanni. This post is about the small role we had in establishing the fish as a newly described species. So, back to the dive two years ago:  Descending … Read more

Spawning Peppermint Basslets - Ned DeLoach

BlennyWatchers Live!

May 9, 2012

May 9, 2012 ~ Ned and I are very excited to be participating in REEF’s free online Fishinar series tonight. REEF, the Reef Environmental Education Foundation, offers some wonderful outreach programs for scuba divers, snorkelers and fish enthusiasts but we think the Fishinars, a.k.a. webinars are the coolest yet. Tonight’s program, “Speed Dating Fishy Style: How Fish Spawn and When You’re Likely to Catch Them in the Act”, will highlight many of Ned’s unique fish behavior photographs. If you read … Read more

Juvenile sole, Soleichthys maculosus

Mimicry: The Sole and the Flatworm

May 7, 2012

Bali, Indonesia – March 2012  We have this image of a lovely juvenile sole thanks to our friend Mark Willis who found it on a muck slope while the rest of us were photographing nudibranchs and a cool blenny. He had shown it to Ned and several others in our group but by the time I got there, it was lost. Mark showed me the image on the back screen of his digital camera; my pantomimed  “knife to my heart” … Read more

Walking Coral

April 28, 2012

Bali, Indonesia March 2012 ~ I am certain I just saw a coral move across the sand. I don’t have time to stop because I am swimming rapidly to keep up with Ned and our guide Eddy, but now I’m paying more attention to the individual corallites, scattered over the otherwise empty expanse of black sand. There are hundreds of them, spaced from inches to a few feet apart and when I see a second one move, I have to … Read more

Kopi Luwak

Kopi Luwak … At Last!

April 19, 2012

Update October 2014: I first heard of Kopi Luwak in 1999, when our chef friend asked me to try to find it for him when we visited Indonesia. As related in my post below, it was nowhere to be found in the areas of Indonesia where we traveled until after it was made popular by a movie. Since this 2012 post, I have seen many articles online about the poor treatment of civets; including taking them from the wild and … Read more

Graysby, Cephalopholis cruentata

Grumpy Graysbys

April 15, 2012

Graysbys are small Caribbean seabasses that are fairly solitary. We noticed that they are much more active during the same week that the corals spawn and it is a good time to see fighting fish action. Some times they lunged at each other, sometimes they just stared each other down, then one or the other would take off to join a waiting fish, presumably a female. We were fairly certain the battles were territorial wars connected to spawning activities, but … Read more

Pearlfish from Indonesia Blennywatcher.com

Cool Fish Video: Pearlfish

April 1, 2012

Pantar, Indonesia, 2006 – I have said it many times: Not a fan of night diving. Our liveaboard dive boat was anchored in Beangabang Bay and only three of us, plus our guide, Made, were diving. Several years earlier, I had seen a pearlfish during a night dive in Lembeh Strait, but it was at the very end of a two-hour dive so all I got was a 3 second clip before the camera battery expired. I spotted this one … Read more

Harlequin Shrimp Hymenocera elegans

Ambon: Colorful Muck

March 28, 2012

Ambon Indonesia, April 2011 – Dark, murky water; volcanic rubble; no coral – we have been working our way to this site since the start of our dive cruise that began near Batanta, Indonesia two weeks ago. The areas we visit so far have stunningly beautiful coral reefs – full of fish, but the critter hunter in me unapologetically waits for my real target: Ambon’s Laha Pier, a.k.a., the Twilight Zone. This site has been serving up exotic critters since … Read more