Entries by Mikes Management

13. The eyes have it

We still have much to understand about how Critters view their home under the waves.  Some eyeball designs suggest they see the world much as we do, whilst others suggest super-hero-like vision.  Let’s focus this week (bad pun) on Critter Vision.  Mantis Shrimp (Odontodactylus scyllarus) The Mantis Shrimp has reportedly the most complex eyes of […]

12. Not all worms are wiggly

Critters in the sea often bear very little resemblance to their earth-bound namesakes.  Flatworms are a case in point.  They are far from the pink, wiggly sausage-like creatures found in your lawn.  Rather, they are a very ancient and basic form of marine life, with some very disturbing adaptations….. Thanks to guest David Gilchrist for […]

11. Slugs, Hares, Warts and all

Some of the genuinely weirdest Critters in Daiun are Sea Slugs.  Doesn’t sound too exciting?  Think again!  Sea Slugs are nothing like the dull black slimy pest you may know from the garden. Sea Slugs look like they’ve been designed by a 3-year old with a box of crayons after a consuming a large volume […]

10. Can a Fish be a Critter?

Can a fish be a Critter?  We don’t see why not, especially when it’s a Scorpionfish.  With a bewildering number of species in this family, the things they have in common are a love of camouflage, striking their prey quickly and defending themselves with some highly venomous spines.  Not your average pretty reef fish, and […]

9. Cuttlefish Chameleons

Cuttlefish are very clever creatures.  Controlling 8 arms, 2 tentacles and 3 hearts takes one of the largest brain-to-body size ratios of all invertebrates.  They can they change their colours and texture in a flash, to match the seabed they are passing over.  This makes them awkward critters to spot, but once you have, you […]

8. Our Guests Nudi too

Following last week’s popular Nudi CritterWatch, here’s this week’s dosage of slug action courtesy of Jane Doherty, Shona McKenzie and David Gilchrist who together with a happy band of divers, got lots of slug action with us in Dauin recently.  Thanks to them for letting me pinch these pics for CritterWatch!  Like last week, these […]

7. Do you Nudi?

Nudibranchs (pronounced noody-branks) are an underwater photographer’s dream.  Bizarre shapes, fantastical colours and an inability to move particularly quickly make for very popular subjects.  But they are much more than oceanic eye-candy.  This first nudibranch Critterwatch post is about Nembrothas, a wide-ranging species in the largest family of the 4 sub-orders of Nudi – the […]

6. Frogfish Chorus

Frogfish are some of the most sought-after critters on the Dauin coast, with good reason. Big gaping frog-like mouths allow them to suck in fish almost the same size as themselves with a muscle reflex which is one of the fastest in the animal kingdom. Highly developed pectoral and anal fins allow them to walk […]

5. Shrimps are for life, not just barbecues

Shrimps are some of the tidiest critters around.  If they are not burrowing out neat networks of tunnels, they can be found tickling around the fearsome mouth of a Moray Eel cleaning its teeth or sweeping up around Sea Cucumber bottoms.   Dauin has more than it’s fair share of shrimp crackers, so here’s a few […]

4. Feeling crabby?

Feeling crabby? Quite often overlooked on the dive in preference to flashier species, crabs are very ancient, and some of the best camouflaged creatures in the sea, and are therefore very cool.  Decorator crabs adorn themselves with bits of stuff to look like something else, whilst Imitator crabs mimic their homes to blend in perfectly. […]

3. Are Ghost Pipefish scary?

Are Ghost Pipefish scary? No, not really, unless you are an unsuspecting tiny crustacean. They are cousins of the Seahorse family, and they are very good at hiding in plain view, floating head down, and ambushing the poor little things that make up their diet. Ornate Ghost Pipefish (Solenostomus paradoxus) The hairy wisps on the […]

2. How do you find a Pygmy Seahorse?

How do you find a Pygmy Seahorse? The Pygmy Seahorse (Hippocampus bargibanti) is one of the most difficult critters to find. They are smaller than a little fingernail, live on sea fans, and from their earliest stages of life, encourage the growth of the sea fans on their skin, creating near perfect camouflage. Can you […]

1. Octopus’s Garden

Octopus’s New Garden! An amazing variety of these 8-legged lovelies inhabit the sandy slopes of Dauin’s shores. Here are just a few we’ve seen this week. Greater Blue-Ringed Octopus (Hapalochlaena lunalata) Their venom is thought to be one of the most powerful neurotoxins in the animal kingdom, which is why we are really careful when […]