Critters of the Lembeh Strait | Episode 18/2014

Have you ever seen a frogfish do the splits? Harlequin shrimps, ghost pipefish and an extremely cute baby coconut octopus in a shell round out this latest, greatest Critters of the Lembeh Strait episode!

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Critters of the Lembeh Strait | Episode 17/2014

The last weeks were pretty “HAIRY” – watch our latest episode to find out what else happened in the Strait.

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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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