August has been an extraordinary month for the sheer volume of fish; dives have been replete with tiny baitfish shimmering in schools over the reefs, which in turn attract larger predators such as tuna, jacks, and sharks. Speaking of which, be sure to watch until the end of the video for a surprising interaction between a shark and a manta! Music by Nacho Sotomayor nachosotomayor.com | Shot on a Canon C200 with Sigma 18-35 in a Nauticam housing with Nauticam WACP.
This February we were lucky to film one of Laamu’s rarest marine creatures, an ornate eagle ray! (I had the 100mm macro lens on my C200, but the ray was far away and very deep – around 50m, I was at 30m depth so I was able to shoot a large ray with a macro lens). Other highlights of the month include close-ups of beautiful sharks, a fever of stingrays, and a graceful ballet performed by two surgeonfishes. Kick back and enjoy this glimpse into another world!
2019 was off to a great start with a hammerhead shark on the very first dive on January 1st – watch this video to check out some of the other awesome encounters we had this month! Music by Nacho Sotomayor.
We’re ringing in the new year with this fantastic highlights of 2018 Laamu diving video, featuring turtles, sharks, our house reef frogfishes and lots of manta rays; how many individual manta rays can you count?
Filmed while diving with Deep Blue Divers in Laamu / Maldives on a Canon C200 with Canon 18-55 IS STM / Sigma 18-35 1.8 and the Nauticam Wide Angle Conversion Port WACP.
Did you know that the deadly, highly venomous blue-ring octopus cannot tell the sex of another blue-ring at first sight? They have to feel the other one first in order to be able to figure it out. An encounter can be witnessed in this video where two blue-ring octopuses (Hapalochlaena sp.) meet each other for the first time. Love at first sight or disaster date? Watch to find out!
Frogfishes are a member of the anglerfish family and eat pretty much everything, shrimps, fish and even other frogfish. The strike itself is accomplished with the sudden opening of the jaws, which enlarges the size of the mouth up to 12 times, pulling the prey into the mouth along with water. The water flows out through the gills, while the prey is swallowed and the food pipe closed with a special muscle to keep the victim from escaping. In addition to expanding their mouths, frogfish can also expand their stomachs to swallow animals up to twice their size.
This little clown frogfish (Antennarius maculatus) obviously did not eat his dessert first! Frogfish tend not to be picky eaters and have been known to eat just about any creature that is close enough and that will fit in their mouth (including other frogfishes of the same species) but this shrimp seemed to not suit his palate. It’s anyone’s guess as to why he spit it out – did he eat the good parts and expel only the hard shell? Was it an awkward shape and difficult to swallow? What do you think?
We guarantee you have never before seen some of the crazy critter action featured in this week’s video; have you ever seen a video close up of the eye of an elegant sand diver? No? What about this eye with a shrimp on it? Didn’t think so. This and many more bizarre and beautiful surprises in this will make you wish you were here. What was your favorite part?
This time of year often brings slightly cooler water temperatures in Lembeh and to our delight, we’ve noticed many more baby frogfishes are around than normal. Coincidence? We think not! Some of these ultra-cute froggies are in this video as well as footage of rare nudis like the Phyllodesmium koehleri and one of the weirdest, most unusual critters we’ve ever seen – a bizarre polychaete worm (Diopatra Sp.) that looks like a cross between a bobbit worm and a furry-legged bristle worm! Enjoy this up-to-the-minute glimpse of what’s going on in Lembeh.