Negros, Philippines

These pictures were made during 25 dives on the southeast coast of the Philippine island Negros and the neighbouring Apo and Siquijor Island. We stayed 13 days at the El Dorado Beach Resort, listened to the all-day sound of neighbour's fighting cock and dived with Sea Explorers. The dive sites were very interesting and included walls, coral gardens, sand, seagrass meadows and wrecks. I used a Nikon Coolpix 990 digital camera in a UK Germany case and a Subtronic Gamma strobe. See also the pictures made by my dive buddy Roli Barmettler. (143 Images)

ScorpionfishImage 1/143 Scorpionfish: A nice colourful scorpionfish lying on the ground, well covered with its many fringes — Nikon Coolpix 990, f=19mm, 1/125s, f/7, Negros/Philippines, 13 January 2004 Phyllodesmium KabiranumImage 2/143 Phyllodesmium Kabiranum: A nudibranch of type Phyllodesmium Kabiranum — Nikon Coolpix 990, f=19mm, 1/125s, f/7, Negros/Philippines, 13 January 2004 Coral PolypsImage 3/143 Coral Polyps: Polyps of a coral — Nikon Coolpix 990, f=19.6mm, 1/125s, f/10.1, Negros/Philippines, 13 January 2004 Decorator CrabImage 4/143 Decorator Crab: A little decorator crab in a soft coral — Nikon Coolpix 990, f=21.3mm, 1/125s, f/10.6, Negros/Philippines, 13 January 2004 Hermit CrabImage 5/143 Hermit Crab: A little coral hermit crab with big antennas peeping out of a hole in a coral. — Nikon Coolpix 990, f=21.3mm, 1/125s, f/10.6, Negros/Philippines, 13 January 2004 Nembrotha LineolataImage 6/143 Nembrotha Lineolata: Two nodibranches of type Nembrotha Lineolata with a pretty smiling face — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004
PufferfishImage 7/143 Pufferfish: In the resort where we stayed there was a fat japanese guy with small round eyeglasses. He looked like this pufferfish. — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004 Image 8/143 : Ribbon EelImage 9/143 Ribbon Eel: A female ribbon eel. Males are black and old females are yellow — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004 Dwarf Lion FishImage 10/143 Dwarf Lion Fish: A dwarf lion fish — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004 Sea CucumberImage 11/143 Sea Cucumber: A sea cucumber (Neothyonidium magnum) licking its tentacles — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004 Brain CoralImage 12/143 Brain Coral: Surface of a brain coral — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004
Ghost PipefishImage 13/143 Ghost Pipefish: A ghost pipefish imitating a coral twig — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004 Pteraeolidia ianthinaImage 14/143 Pteraeolidia ianthina: A nudibranch (Pteraeolidia ianthina) — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004 Pseudoceros ScintillatusImage 15/143 Pseudoceros Scintillatus: Two flatworms of type Pseudoceros Scintillatus — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004 BarrelImage 16/143 Barrel: Underwater scene with a barrel and two sea urchins in seagrass near the beach of Eldorado Beach Resort — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004 ClownfishesImage 17/143 Clownfishes: A photo of Marlin, Nemo (on the right side in the background) and two clownfish aunts — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004 Sea CucumberImage 18/143 Sea Cucumber: A sea cucumber eating dirt with its tentacles — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004
GorgonyImage 19/143 Gorgony: A gorgony in blue water. I wish I had a fisheye lens and an underwater model — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004 Sea SnakeImage 20/143 Sea Snake: A yellow-lipped sea snake seizing its prey — Nikon Coolpix 990, Apo Island/Philippines, January 2004 Black Frog FishImage 21/143 Black Frog Fish: A black frog fish trying to imitate a sponge on a coral — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004 Green PufferfishImage 22/143 Green Pufferfish: A green pufferfish on a sea grass field — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004 Seagrass PipefishImage 23/143 Seagrass Pipefish: A seagrass pipefish hidden in seagrass — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004 Tube SpongesImage 24/143 Tube Sponges: Underwater reef scene with white tube sponges — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004
Feather StarsImage 25/143 Feather Stars: Underwater reef scene with feather stars — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004 ScorpionfishImage 26/143 Scorpionfish: A scorpionfish waiting for its prey — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004 Sea TurtleImage 27/143 Sea Turtle: A giant sea turtle with a remora on its back. — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004 Coral BiotopImage 28/143 Coral Biotop: Underwater reef scene with a lonely coral on the sand — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004 Coral FishesImage 29/143 Coral Fishes: A swarm fish hiding in protective coral twigs — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004 FlounderImage 30/143 Flounder: The skew face of a flounder — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004
FlounderImage 31/143 Flounder: A flounder with a surface like the underground sand — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004 SeahorseImage 32/143 Seahorse: Seahorses are very slow moving and were perfect photo targets if they wouldn't always turn their back towards the camera ... — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004 FlatwormImage 33/143 Flatworm: A flatworm — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004 Sea SquirtImage 34/143 Sea Squirt: A sea squirt — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004 Moray EelImage 35/143 Moray Eel: A white-eyed moray eel — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004 Christmas Tree Worm 1Image 36/143 Christmas Tree Worm 1: A christmas tree spiral worm in a stone coral. — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004
Skunk AnemonefishImage 37/143 Skunk Anemonefish: A skunk anemone fish. Luckily I was wearing my dive mask and did not smell him :-) — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004 Murder ShellImage 38/143 Murder Shell: A giant murder shell — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004 Puffer FishImage 39/143 Puffer Fish: A pufferfish. Their face always reminds me on the famous french oldtimer Citroën 2CV. — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004 Commensal ShrimpImage 40/143 Commensal Shrimp: A transparent Commensal Shrimp with a bunch of eggs inside. Clown fishes were attacking me and bit me in my hand while I was taking this picture. — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004 Coral SurfaceImage 41/143 Coral Surface: Surface of a coral — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004 Shell in CoralImage 42/143 Shell in Coral: A shell in a stone coral. — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004
Christmas Tree Worms 2Image 43/143 Christmas Tree Worms 2: The spiral ends of christmas tree worms. They exist in many beautiful colours. — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004 Christmas Tree Worm 3Image 44/143 Christmas Tree Worm 3: The two spiral ends of a christmas tree worm. They exist in many beautiful colours. — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004 Dusky Anemone FishImage 45/143 Dusky Anemone Fish: A dusky anemone fish — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004 LizardfishImage 46/143 Lizardfish: A lizardfish lying on a coral — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004 BatfishImage 47/143 Batfish: A batfish. In the background one of the bow nets used by the native people for catching fish — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004 Snail ShellImage 48/143 Snail Shell: A shiny snail-shell with the reflection of my underwater strobe — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004
DamselfishesImage 49/143 Damselfishes: Four blue damsel fishes and a coral — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004 ClownfishImage 50/143 Clownfish: A clownfish peeping out of its home anemone. Don't get too close! Some of these cute little fish may bite. — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004 Image 51/143 : Multibar PipefishImage 52/143 Multibar Pipefish: A multibar pipefish — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004 White-eyed Moray EelImage 53/143 White-eyed Moray Eel: A white-eyed moray eel — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004 ShrimpImage 54/143 Shrimp: A shrimp which looks definitely better without cocktail dip sauce. — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004
DragonetImage 55/143 Dragonet: An orange spotted dragonet (lyra fish) — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004 Banded Cleaning ShrimpImage 56/143 Banded Cleaning Shrimp: A banded cleaning shrimp — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004 Sand DiverImage 57/143 Sand Diver: A Jar Jar Binks fish or more commonly know as Blue Spotted Sand Diver (Trichonotus setiger). — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004 Tongue FishImage 58/143 Tongue Fish: A Roli Tongue Fish — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004 Sea FeatherImage 59/143 Sea Feather: A sea feather on sand — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004 Eel CatfishImage 60/143 Eel Catfish: A pack of small striped eel catfish. It's fun to observe them rolling over the sand searching for food. — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004
Eye ImitationImage 61/143 Eye Imitation: A small fish with a imitated eye on its rear end — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004 PufferfishImage 62/143 Pufferfish: A pufferfish — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004 Peacock GrouperImage 63/143 Peacock Grouper: A peacock grouper with a cleaning wrasse escaping from a diver with a camera. — Nikon Coolpix 990, Siquijor Island/Philippines, January 2004 PufferfishImage 64/143 Pufferfish: A blue pufferfish — Nikon Coolpix 990, Siquijor Island/Philippines, January 2004 Phyllidia VaricosaImage 65/143 Phyllidia Varicosa: A nudibranch of type Phyllidia Varicosa — Nikon Coolpix 990, Siquijor Island/Philippines, January 2004 Blue-fin travellyImage 66/143 Blue-fin travelly: A blue-fin travelly — Nikon Coolpix 990, Siquijor Island/Philippines, January 2004
Bigeye TravelliesImage 67/143 Bigeye Travellies: A group of bigeye travellies — Nikon Coolpix 990, Siquijor Island/Philippines, January 2004 Coral TwigImage 68/143 Coral Twig: A little twig crowded with corals, sponges and sea squirts — Nikon Coolpix 990, Siquijor Island/Philippines, January 2004 Royal AngelfishImage 69/143 Royal Angelfish: A royal angelfish — Nikon Coolpix 990, Siquijor Island/Philippines, January 2004 Moorish Idol FishImage 70/143 Moorish Idol Fish: Two Moorish Idol Fish eating from a coral — Nikon Coolpix 990, Siquijor Island/Philippines, January 2004 Nembrotha MilleriImage 71/143 Nembrotha Milleri: A nudibranch. Looks like a Nembrotha Milleri. — Nikon Coolpix 990, Siquijor Island/Philippines, January 2004 LionfishImage 72/143 Lionfish: A lion fish — Nikon Coolpix 990, Siquijor Island/Philippines, January 2004
SpongesImage 73/143 Sponges: Reef scene with an orange and a blue sponge. — Nikon Coolpix 990, Siquijor Island/Philippines, January 2004 Sea TurtleImage 74/143 Sea Turtle: A sea turtle awaken by a nosy photographer — Nikon Coolpix 990, Siquijor Island/Philippines, January 2004 Sea TurtleImage 75/143 Sea Turtle: A sea turtle soaring through the water against the current. I had to speed up very quick to get it from the front and not as usual from behind. — Nikon Coolpix 990, Siquijor Island/Philippines, January 2004 Sea TurtleImage 76/143 Sea Turtle: The turtle is keeping up. A diver in the background already went out of air and is breathing from his buddy's tank. — Nikon Coolpix 990, Siquijor Island/Philippines, January 2004 Fish over TentaclesImage 77/143 Fish over Tentacles: A fish over the tentacles of a coral. The tentacles open and close always like a hand, grabbing plancton out of the water. — Nikon Coolpix 990, Siquijor Island/Philippines, January 2004 Nembrotha KubaryanaImage 78/143 Nembrotha Kubaryana: A nudibranch of type Nembrotha Kubaryana — Nikon Coolpix 990, Siquijor Island/Philippines, January 2004
Ghost CrabImage 79/143 Ghost Crab: A ghost crab within some corals — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004 HawkfishImage 80/143 Hawkfish: A hawkfish — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004 LionfishImage 81/143 Lionfish: A lion fish — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004 Moray EelImage 82/143 Moray Eel: Two white-eyed moray eels — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004 Thecacera PictaImage 83/143 Thecacera Picta: A nudibranch of type Thecacera Picta — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004 Image 84/143 :
Baby LionfishImage 85/143 Baby Lionfish: A baby lion fish — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004 Green FishImage 86/143 Green Fish: A fish in a seagrass field — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004 FishImage 87/143 Fish: A fish in a seagrass field — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004 Green SeahorseImage 88/143 Green Seahorse: A cute green seahorse. I photographed it in a shallow seagrass meadow with an unusual method because my air tank was almost empty and I had not enough lead. — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004 SeahorseImage 89/143 Seahorse: Another cute seahorse — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004 Partner Goby and ShrimpImage 90/143 Partner Goby and Shrimp: A pinkbar partner goby with their blind shrimp which is digging a hole while the goby is watching out for enemies. If an enemy gets too close, the fish gives a signal to the shrimp and both disappear in the hole. — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004
Chromodoris reticultataImage 91/143 Chromodoris reticultata: A nudibranch. Possibly a Magnificent Slug (Chromodoris reticultata). — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004 Commensal ShrimpImage 92/143 Commensal Shrimp: A Commensal Shrimp on a anemone. This time my dive buddy played with the aggressive clown fishes so that I could take pictures without being bitten. — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004 Banded boxer shrimpsImage 93/143 Banded boxer shrimps: Two banded boxer shrimps — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004 SweepersImage 94/143 Sweepers: A group of sweepers — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004 Black AnglerfishImage 95/143 Black Anglerfish: A black anglerfish hiding under a rock. Unfortunately it didn't want to sit on the top, posing for a good photograpy — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004 Fimbriated MorayImage 96/143 Fimbriated Moray: A fimbriated moray with a banded boxer shrimp. — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004
Sand DunesImage 97/143 Sand Dunes: Sand dunes under water — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004 JackfishImage 98/143 Jackfish: A swarm of jackfish — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004 Unicorn FishImage 99/143 Unicorn Fish: A bignose unicorn fish — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004 Bluespotted StingrayImage 100/143 Bluespotted Stingray: A bluespotted stingray tries to cover itself in the sand. — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004 Bluespotted StingrayImage 101/143 Bluespotted Stingray: A bluespotted stingray — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004 GoatfishImage 102/143 Goatfish: A goatfish searching with his tentacles for food in the sand. — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004
Yellow Ribbon SweetlipfishImage 103/143 Yellow Ribbon Sweetlipfish: A yellow ribbon sweetlip fish. — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004 Fish SwarmImage 104/143 Fish Swarm: A swarm fish — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004 SepiaImage 105/143 Sepia: A green-coloured sepia with raised tentacles — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004 dscn5465.jpgImage 106/143 dscn5465.jpg: Hairy FrogfishImage 107/143 Hairy Frogfish: Isn't he cute? A yellow little hairy frogfish, looking like an indian chief in the wind — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004 Hairy FrogfishImage 108/143 Hairy Frogfish: Another hairy frogfish, hidden in a bunch of algae. — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004
Hairy FrogfishImage 109/143 Hairy Frogfish: A hairy frogfish, hidden in a bunch of algae. — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004 SnailImage 110/143 Snail: A snail plowing through the sand. On its house there are polyps, probably a kind of an anemone or a coral. Note the smears of water coming out of its trunk. — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004 Lyre FishImage 111/143 Lyre Fish: A lyre fish — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004 Baby SepiaImage 112/143 Baby Sepia: A cute little white sepia hiding under a leaf — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004 Image 113/143 : NudibranchImage 114/143 Nudibranch: A little green nudibranch — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004
Image 115/143 : Image 116/143 : NudibranchesImage 117/143 Nudibranches: Two nudibranches — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004 Ship WreckImage 118/143 Ship Wreck: Diving into the lion fish ship wreck. — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004 Decorator CrabImage 119/143 Decorator Crab: A little decorator crab on a soft coral — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004 Ship WreckImage 120/143 Ship Wreck: A ship wreck — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004
Ship WreckImage 121/143 Ship Wreck: A ship wreck with lion fish and diver. — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004 Sea UrchinsImage 122/143 Sea Urchins: A group of three sea urchins — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004 FishImage 123/143 Fish: A fish in a seagrass meadow — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004 FilefishImage 124/143 Filefish: A green filefish — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004 Anemone Family PortraitImage 125/143 Anemone Family Portrait: A family portrait of a anemone, two types of clown fishes and a porcelain crab — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004 Porcelain CrabImage 126/143 Porcelain Crab: Close-up of the porcelain crab which was trying to hide under an anemone. This picture was taken in shallow water (about 3-5m) and swell was moving me forth and back and the crab was covered and uncovered. — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004
Coral reefImage 127/143 Coral reef: Underwater reef scene — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004 SnappersImage 128/143 Snappers: A group of yellow fin snappers — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004 Red SnapperImage 129/143 Red Snapper: A big red snapper. Hope this one didn't end o a plate. — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004 Harlequin SweetlipImage 130/143 Harlequin Sweetlip: A harlequin sweetlip. — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004 ReefImage 131/143 Reef: Underwater reef scene — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004 Garden EelsImage 132/143 Garden Eels: Two splendid garden eel peeping out of the sand. — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004
ScorpionfishImage 133/143 Scorpionfish: A pretty scorpionfish — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004 Spiral coralImage 134/143 Spiral coral: A spiral coral — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004 Aspidontus taeniatusImage 135/143 Aspidontus taeniatus: A false cleanerfish (Aspidontus taeniatus) is peeping out of a pipe. This fish looks like the common cleaner fish and imitates its behaviour. But instead of cleaning the client it bites off a bit of the client. — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004 LionfishImage 136/143 Lionfish: A lionfish — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004 Two GobysImage 137/143 Two Gobys: Two gobys on the sand — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004 Underwater reef sceneImage 138/143 Underwater reef scene: Underwater reef scene in shallow water — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004
Chromodoris quadricolorImage 139/143 Chromodoris quadricolor: Two nudibranches of type Chromodoris Quadricolor, nickname: pyjama nudibranch — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004 Image 140/143 : Image 141/143 : Image 142/143 : Image 143/143 :