The Three Mosquitoes

20. The Three Mosquitoes

Critters come in all shapes and sizes.  Here at Mike's we have three very unusual creatures unique to the waters of Dauin and Apo.  Together they are known as the Three Mosquitoes, and are a charming and engaging trio.  Come and see them…
Green Turtle

19. Turtle-y Amazing!

Any dive with a turtle is a great dive, no matter how many times you may encounter one. As they breathe air just like us, it's unsurprising we feel an affinity for them, but do you know your Hawksbill from your Green, or if you are looking at…
Skeleton Shrimp

18. Small is Beautiful

They say the best things come in small packages, and this is just as true below the waves here in Dauin.  A basic magnifying glass is sometimes all you need to enter a brand new underwater world.  Here's a collection of tiny Critters from…
White Mantle Glossodoris

17. Schizophrenic Slugs

This week, a look at a particularly graceful genus of Nudibranch, the Glossodoris. Early marine biologists lumped many different slugs into this genus, but recent DNA testing is showing how some of them belong to a different genus, and should…
Banded Sea Krait

16. Not all Critters are tiny

You'd be forgiven for thinking from CritterWatch so far that Critters have to be microscopic.  Well, to put the case for all those big Critters out there, take a look at this selection of chunky creatures that don't need a magnifying glass…
Desirable Flabellina

15. Aeolids - Slugs with a sting in the tail

This week saw us back at an old favourite site, Ducomi, which is crawling with specimens of a rather special kind of slug family, the AEOLIDS.  So called because their many thin lobes, or cerata, act as external lungs just like the DORIDS,…
Painted Thecacera

14. New to Science!

Every diver has been there.  Seen a Critter that you know you've never seen before, and can't find it in the Guide Books, so you proclaim it New to Science!  Sadly, most of the time some 19th Century Naturalist got there before you and put…
Mantis Shrimp

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…
David Gilchrist - Persian Carpet Flatworm

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…
Varicose Wartslug

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…
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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…
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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…
Roberto Frattorola - Girdled Glossodoris

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. …
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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.…
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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…
Ambon Crinoid Shrimp

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.  …
Porcelain Crab

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…
Ornate Ghost Pipefish

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…
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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…
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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…