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Don’t over-grease O-rings !

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I’ve seen it quite a few times now, some photographers just use too much grease on the o-rings. There might be the myth that the grease is preventing water from entering the housing, but that’s not the case – it’s the o-ring! Yes, the o-ring stops the water from getting in the housing and the grease just helps the o-ring to stay smooth and flexible. The more grease you put on the o-ring, the more likely it is for things like tissue, fibers, sand, dust etc. to stick on, and cause a leak on the sealing surface of the o-ring! Use only a tiny amount of grease (use the grease recommended by the manufacturer) and pull the o-ring through your fingers to spread the grease evenly all over. That way you can also feel if there is any sand or damage on the o-ring. For cleaning the o-ring I normally use my T-shirt, but a tissue or microfiber cloth works just fine as well.

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Critters of the Lembeh Strait | Episode 16/2014

Some of the highlights of the latest episode of “Critters of the Lembeh Strait” include hairy frogfish, some of them come in pairs, another mototi octopus and the tiny Doto ussi Ortea (nudibranch). Also keep your eyes open for the scary teeth of a snake eel. Enjoy!

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Critters of the Lembeh Strait | Episode 15/2014

Finally, after almost 2 years of diving the Lembeh Strait and not seeing this critter with my own eyes, I got to see it and got some footage: THE POISON OCELLATE OCTOPUS (Octopus mototi). As if that wasn’t enough, a day later an always welcome little fella showed up: THE HAIRY OCTOPUS (Octopus sp.). Of course there are lots more critters to see in the latest episode, check it out!

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Critters of the Lembeh Strait | Episode 14/2014

In this latest video, check out the Nembrotha rutilans in the midst of eating a tunicate – it reminds us of drinking a milkshake through a straw! There’s also some spectacular footage of a Melibe papillosa – truly a strange nudibranch – and a frogfish waving its lure in the hopes of catching a meal.

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Critters of the Lembeh Strait | Episode 13/2014

We had a lot of mating going on lately, and highlights from the last two weeks include flamboyant cuttlefish laying eggs, wunderpus mating (rare to see this!) and a beautiful ornate ghost pipefish with a pouch full of eggs. Enjoy!

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Critters of the Lembeh Strait | Episode 12/2014

This week’s video of Lembeh critter goodies features superb close-up footage of a broadclub cuttlefish mom delicately placing her eggs in a coral patch and a gorgeous pink paddleflap rhinopias just being its fabulous self. Also take a moment to appreciate the glimpses into the world of super-macro, difficult or impossible to see with the naked eye, such as a tiny commensal shrimp aerating its eggs and, right at the start of the video, the way a messmate pipefish’s camouflaged eyes move as it surveys its environment. If you love nudibranchs, there is something for you as well. Enjoy the Critters of the Lembeh Strait!

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Critters of the Lembeh Strait | Episode 11/2014

Look who’s back…after a long wait we enjoy a visit from an always welcome guest – the rhinopias! In this newest episode there is also a baby flamboyant cuttlefish hunting, a cute little pufferfish resting in a shell and of course many other critters…enjoy!

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Critters of the Lembeh Strait | Episode 10/2014

In our latest episode you can see a T-Bar nudibranch (Ceratosoma tenue) with 3 rhinophores, a frogfish hunting and catching a little shrimp and there is also some footage of a very rare and most likely undescribed species of shrimp. Enjoy!

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Critters of the Lembeh Strait | Episode 09/2014

Did you know the flamboyant cuttlefish sometimes turns the tips of its arms into enticing worm-like lures to attract prey? Watch the video carefully to witness the bizarre tricks of this intelligent and fearsome hunter. A baby painted frogfish racing across grains of sand that are like boulders to him, a sinuous free-swimming ribbon eel and a crimson-red tozeuma shrimp full of eggs also make appearances on the underwater stage this week!

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