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. January 1 to 25, 2004, 143 Images.

Image 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

Image 2/143: Phyllodesmium Kabiranum

A nudibranch of type Phyllodesmium Kabiranum — Nikon Coolpix 990, f=19mm, 1/125s, f/7, Negros/Philippines, 13 January 2004

Image 3/143: Coral Polyps

Polyps of a coral — Nikon Coolpix 990, f=19.6mm, 1/125s, f/10.1, Negros/Philippines, 13 January 2004

Image 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

Image 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

Image 6/143: Nembrotha Lineolata

Two nodibranches of type Nembrotha Lineolata with a pretty smiling face — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004

Image 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: Christmas tree worm

A white christmas tree or tube worm sticking out is trail of his tube. — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004

Image 9/143: Dwarf Lion Fish

A dwarf lion fish — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004

Image 10/143: Sea Cucumber

A sea cucumber (Neothyonidium magnum) licking its tentacles — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004

Image 11/143: Brain Coral

Surface of a brain coral — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004

Image 12/143: Ghost Pipefish

A ghost pipefish imitating a coral twig — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004

Image 13/143: Pteraeolidia ianthina

A nudibranch (Pteraeolidia ianthina) — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004

Image 14/143: Pseudoceros Scintillatus

Two flatworms of type Pseudoceros Scintillatus — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004

Image 15/143: 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

Image 16/143: Clownfishes

A photo of Marlin, Nemo (on the right side in the background) and two clownfish aunts — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004

Image 17/143: Sea Cucumber

A sea cucumber eating dirt with its tentacles — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004

Image 18/143: Gorgony

A gorgony in blue water. I wish I had a fisheye lens and an underwater model — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004

Image 19/143: Sea Snake

A yellow-lipped sea snake seizing its prey — Nikon Coolpix 990, Apo Island/Philippines, January 2004

Image 20/143: Black Frog Fish

A black frog fish trying to imitate a sponge on a coral — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004

Image 21/143: Green Pufferfish

A green pufferfish on a sea grass field — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004

Image 22/143: Seagrass Pipefish

A seagrass pipefish hidden in seagrass — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004

Image 23/143: Tube Sponges

Underwater reef scene with white tube sponges — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004

Image 24/143: Feather Stars

Underwater reef scene with feather stars — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004

Image 25/143: Scorpionfish

A scorpionfish waiting for its prey — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004

Image 26/143: Sea Turtle

A giant sea turtle with a remora on its back. — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004

Image 27/143: Coral Biotop

Underwater reef scene with a lonely coral on the sand — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004

Image 28/143: Coral Fishes

A swarm fish hiding in protective coral twigs — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004

Image 29/143: Flounder

The skew face of a flounder — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004

Image 30/143: Flounder

A flounder with a surface like the underground sand — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004

Image 31/143: 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

Image 32/143: Flatworm

A flatworm — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004

Image 33/143: Sea Squirt

A sea squirt — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004

Image 34/143: Moray Eel

A white-eyed moray eel — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004

Image 35/143: Christmas Tree Worm 1

A christmas tree spiral worm in a stone coral. — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004

Image 36/143: 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

Image 37/143: Murder Shell

A giant murder shell — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004

Image 38/143: Puffer Fish

A pufferfish. Their face always reminds me on the famous french oldtimer Citroën 2CV. — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004

Image 39/143: 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

Image 40/143: Coral Surface

Surface of a coral — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004

Image 41/143: Shell in Coral

A shell in a stone coral. — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004

Image 42/143: Christmas Tree Worms 2

The spiral ends of christmas tree worms. They exist in many beautiful colours. — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004

Image 43/143: 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

Image 44/143: Dusky Anemone Fish

A dusky anemone fish — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004

Image 45/143: Lizardfish

A lizardfish lying on a coral — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004

Image 46/143: 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

Image 47/143: Snail Shell

A shiny snail-shell with the reflection of my underwater strobe — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004

Image 48/143: Damselfishes

Four blue damsel fishes and a coral — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004

Image 49/143: 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 50/143: Lionfish

A lionfish — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004

Image 51/143: Multibar Pipefish

A multibar pipefish — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004

Image 52/143: White-eyed Moray Eel

A white-eyed moray eel — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004

Image 53/143: Shrimp

A shrimp which looks definitely better without cocktail dip sauce. — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004

Image 54/143: Dragonet

An orange spotted dragonet (lyra fish) — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004

Image 55/143: Banded Cleaning Shrimp

A banded cleaning shrimp — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004

Image 56/143: 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

Image 57/143: Tongue Fish

A Roli Tongue Fish — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004

Image 58/143: Sea Feather

A sea feather on sand — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004

Image 59/143: 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

Image 60/143: Eye Imitation

A small fish with a imitated eye on its rear end — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004

Image 61/143: Pufferfish

A pufferfish — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004

Image 62/143: Peacock Grouper

A peacock grouper with a cleaning wrasse escaping from a diver with a camera. — Nikon Coolpix 990, Siquijor Island/Philippines, January 2004

Image 63/143: Pufferfish

A blue pufferfish — Nikon Coolpix 990, Siquijor Island/Philippines, January 2004

Image 64/143: Phyllidia Varicosa

A nudibranch of type Phyllidia Varicosa — Nikon Coolpix 990, Siquijor Island/Philippines, January 2004

Image 65/143: Blue-fin travelly

A blue-fin travelly — Nikon Coolpix 990, Siquijor Island/Philippines, January 2004

Image 66/143: Bigeye Travellies

A group of bigeye travellies — Nikon Coolpix 990, Siquijor Island/Philippines, January 2004

Image 67/143: Coral Twig

A little twig crowded with corals, sponges and sea squirts — Nikon Coolpix 990, Siquijor Island/Philippines, January 2004

Image 68/143: Royal Angelfish

A royal angelfish — Nikon Coolpix 990, Siquijor Island/Philippines, January 2004

Image 69/143: Moorish Idol Fish

Two Moorish Idol Fish eating from a coral — Nikon Coolpix 990, Siquijor Island/Philippines, January 2004

Image 70/143: Nembrotha Milleri

A nudibranch. Looks like a Nembrotha Milleri. — Nikon Coolpix 990, Siquijor Island/Philippines, January 2004

Image 71/143: Lionfish

A lion fish — Nikon Coolpix 990, Siquijor Island/Philippines, January 2004

Image 72/143: Sponges

Reef scene with an orange and a blue sponge. — Nikon Coolpix 990, Siquijor Island/Philippines, January 2004

Image 73/143: Sea Turtle

A sea turtle awaken by a nosy photographer — Nikon Coolpix 990, Siquijor Island/Philippines, January 2004

Image 74/143: 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

Image 75/143: 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

Image 76/143: 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

Image 77/143: Nembrotha Kubaryana

A nudibranch of type Nembrotha Kubaryana — Nikon Coolpix 990, Siquijor Island/Philippines, January 2004

Image 78/143: Ghost Crab

A ghost crab within some corals — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004

Image 79/143: Hawkfish

A hawkfish — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004

Image 80/143: Lionfish

A lion fish — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004

Image 81/143: Moray Eel

Two white-eyed moray eels — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004

Image 82/143: Thecacera Picta

A nudibranch of type Thecacera Picta — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004

Image 83/143: Melibe Mirifica

Melibe Mirifica, of the Thetydae family. This nudibranch is hunting like a vacuum cleaner for little crabs on the sand — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004

Image 84/143: Baby Lionfish

A baby lion fish — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004

Image 85/143: Green Fish

A fish in a seagrass field — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004

Image 86/143: Fish

A fish in a seagrass field — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004

Image 87/143: 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

Image 88/143: Seahorse

Another cute seahorse — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004

Image 89/143: 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

Image 90/143: Chromodoris reticultata

A nudibranch. Possibly a Magnificent Slug (Chromodoris reticultata). — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004

Image 91/143: 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

Image 92/143: Banded boxer shrimps

Two banded boxer shrimps — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004

Image 93/143: Sweepers

A group of sweepers — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004

Image 94/143: 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

Image 95/143: Fimbriated Moray

A fimbriated moray with a banded boxer shrimp. — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004

Image 96/143: Sand Dunes

Sand dunes under water — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004

Image 97/143: Jackfish

A swarm of jackfish — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004

Image 98/143: Unicorn Fish

A bignose unicorn fish — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004

Image 99/143: Bluespotted Stingray

A bluespotted stingray tries to cover itself in the sand. — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004

Image 100/143: Bluespotted Stingray

A bluespotted stingray — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004

Image 101/143: Goatfish

A goatfish searching with his tentacles for food in the sand. — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004

Image 102/143: Yellow Ribbon Sweetlipfish

A yellow ribbon sweetlip fish. — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004

Image 103/143: Fish Swarm

A swarm fish — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004

Image 104/143: Sepia

A green-coloured sepia with raised tentacles — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004

Image 105/143: Fish

A black-yellow striped fish is hiding between algae on sand. I haven't found what species it is. — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004

Image 106/143: 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

Image 107/143: Hairy Frogfish

Another hairy frogfish, hidden in a bunch of algae. — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004

Image 108/143: Hairy Frogfish

A hairy frogfish, hidden in a bunch of algae. — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004

Image 109/143: 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

Image 110/143: Lyre Fish

A lyre fish — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004

Image 111/143: Baby Sepia

A cute little white sepia hiding under a leaf — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004

Image 112/143: Sand diver

This funny looking fish is a gold-bar sand-diver (lat. trichonotus halstead). From time to time they are spreading their big yellow pectoral fins and three long dorsal fin extension. Probably for showing off for the females in the background. They reminded me a bit on Jar Jar Binks from Star Wars. Unfortunately the image quality is very poor. — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004

Image 113/143: Nudibranch

A little green nudibranch — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004

Image 114/143: Sand diver

This funny looking fish is a gold-bar sand-diver (lat. trichonotus halstead). From time to time they are spreading their big pectoral fins and three long dorsal fin extension. This one has black pectoral fins, other ones have yellow. Probably for showing off for the females in the background. They reminded me a bit on Jar Jar Binks from Star Wars. Unfortunately the image quality is very poor. — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004

Image 115/143: Cockatoo waspfish

I was first thinking that this is a tiny scorpion leaffish, but it is a juvenile cockatoo waspfish. Thanks to Thomas Ehrensperger for pointing this out. — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004

Image 116/143: Nudibranches

Two nudibranches — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004

Image 117/143: Ship Wreck

Diving into the lion fish ship wreck. — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004

Image 118/143: Decorator Crab

A little decorator crab on a soft coral — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004

Image 119/143: Ship Wreck

A ship wreck — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004

Image 120/143: Ship Wreck

A ship wreck with lion fish and diver. — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004

Image 121/143: Sea Urchins

A group of three sea urchins — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004

Image 122/143: Fish

A fish in a seagrass meadow — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004

Image 123/143: Filefish

A green filefish — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004

Image 124/143: 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

Image 125/143: 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

Image 126/143: Coral reef

Underwater reef scene — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004

Image 127/143: Snappers

A group of yellow fin snappers — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004

Image 128/143: Red Snapper

A big red snapper. Hope this one didn't end o a plate. — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004

Image 129/143: Harlequin Sweetlip

A harlequin sweetlip. — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004

Image 130/143: Reef

Underwater reef scene — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004

Image 131/143: Garden Eels

Two splendid garden eel peeping out of the sand. — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004

Image 132/143: Scorpionfish

A pretty scorpionfish — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004

Image 133/143: Spiral coral

A spiral coral — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004

Image 134/143: 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

Image 135/143: Lionfish

A lionfish — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004

Image 136/143: Two Gobys

Two gobys on the sand — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004

Image 137/143: Underwater reef scene

Underwater reef scene in shallow water — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004

Image 138/143: Chromodoris quadricolor

Two nudibranches of type Chromodoris Quadricolor, nickname: pyjama nudibranch — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004

Image 139/143: Ribbon Eel

A female ribbon eel. Males are black and old females are yellow — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004 — Nikon E990, 1/125 s, F/6.7, 21.3 mm, ISO 100, Tuesday, January 13, 2004 14:34:07

Image 140/143: Anemone

A white anemone on black sand. — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004 — Nikon E990, 1/125 s, F/7.0, 8.2 mm, ISO 100, Thursday, January 15, 2004 07:27:39

Image 141/143: Decorator Crab

A decorator crab on the sand — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004 — Nikon E990, 1/125 s, F/6.4, 12.1 mm, ISO 100, Thursday, January 15, 2004 07:41:17

Image 142/143: 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 — Nikon E990, 1/91 s, F/4.2, 21.3 mm, ISO 100, Monday, January 19, 2004 04:06:34

Image 143/143: Razor Wrasse

Looks like a razor wrasse peeping out of the sand. — Nikon Coolpix 990, Negros/Philippines, January 2004 — Nikon E990, 1/125 s, F/4.4, 19 mm, ISO 100, Sunday, January 25, 2004 07:54:06