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- Emperor Shrimps can be found on large nudibranchs and sea cucumbers. They are a type of commensal shrimp. This means they have a symbiotic relationship with their host. Commensalism is when only one party benefits from the relationship. In this case it is the shrimp who benefits. It uses its host for protection and also to feed. As its slow moving home moves along it churns up the sand and the shrimps food is right there for the eating! The hosts of Emperor Shrimps also provide great backgrounds for photography!! This Shrimp is riding on a Gymnodoris nudibranch. The photograph was captured in Bima Bay, on Sumbawa Island here in Indonesia.
- Meet the Shag-rug Nudibranch (Aeolidia loui)!! These guys/gals exclusively prey on anemones and it’s been shown that they can actually harbor zooxanthellae (dinoflagellates) and zoochlorellae (green algae) from their prey anemone in their cerata where these organisms can continue to perform photosynthesis for over a week!! 💚
- Always on the move and always a challenging macro subject, the Stubby Frond-aeolis (Dendronotus subramosus) is always a fun find! These guys feed exclusively on hydroids and come in a variety of different colors and patterns. Their rhinophores are also some of the most interesting in the tide pools!!
- Hawksbill Sea Turtles are some of the smallest turtles in the ocean. We recently learned that they can live up to 50 years! These amazing turtles are constantly feeding on coral and sponges on the reefs. Some of them are really curious and sometimes the close encounters are just incredible! This photograph was taken at Blue Magic where we normally only look up for Giant Manta Rays but this turtle really was relaxed and curious and allowed us to get this close. It was awesome!
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- Coconut Octopus are so fun to watch and brilliant creatures to photograph! This year we have been doing a lot of close up wide angle photography and we are very pleased with the results. We have been night diving at this dive site in the Dampier Strait where cephalopods are the highlights of every dive we do there!