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.
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!
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!
Did you know that the Melibe nudibranch is also called the Megamouth nudibranch? Want to know why? Watch this video to find out.
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.
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!
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!
When shooting macro video underwater, it helps to have good buoyancy, but the only recipe for steady video is using a tripod.
There are many different options for tripods available out there, I for example use a DIY tripod made out of locline elements.
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!
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!