Sabang, Philippines

Two and a half week diving with Cocktail Divers in Sabang in the north of the Philippine island Mindoro. The dive base belongs to the Garden of Eden Resort and offers three dives plus a night dive per day. The dive excoursions are made with small wooden motor boats for maximum 10 people. The ride to the dive site takes about 5-30 minutes. There also are day trips with traditional Banca ships. Sabang can be reached from Manila by a 2.5 bus and a 1.5 boat ride. November 5 to 17, 2009, 168 Images.

Image 1/168: Chromodoris willani

A nudibranch (Chromodoris willani). Dive #350: "Sabang Point", Sabang, Mindoro Island, Philippines — Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/8.0, 60 mm, ISO 100, Thursday, November 5, 2009 08:24:55

Image 2/168: Juvenile Fish

A juvenile fish. They always dancing so funny like they're on extasy. Dive #350: "Sabang Point", Sabang, Mindoro Island, Philippines — Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/8.0, 60 mm, ISO 100, Thursday, November 5, 2009 08:29:13

Image 3/168: Necklace Seastar

A necklace seastar, also called pearl seastar (lat. Fromia monilis). Dive #350: "Sabang Point", Sabang, Mindoro Island, Philippines — Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/8.0, 60 mm, ISO 100, Thursday, November 5, 2009 08:31:29

Image 4/168: Anemone fisches

Anemone fisches. Dive #350: "Sabang Point", Sabang, Mindoro Island, Philippines — Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/11.0, 60 mm, ISO 100, Thursday, November 5, 2009 08:42:45

Image 5/168: Young Anemone Fish

A young anemone fish, guarded by its parents. Dive #350: "Sabang Point", Sabang, Mindoro Island, Philippines — Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/11.0, 60 mm, ISO 100, Thursday, November 5, 2009 08:43:59

Image 6/168: Wart slug

A wart slug (Phyllidia coelestis) with coral polyps. Dive #350: "Sabang Point", Sabang, Mindoro Island, Philippines — Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/11.0, 60 mm, ISO 100, Thursday, November 5, 2009 08:50:32

Image 7/168: Anemone fishes

Anemone fishes. Dive #350: "Sabang Point", Sabang, Mindoro Island, Philippines — Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/8.0, 60 mm, ISO 100, Thursday, November 5, 2009 08:58:39

Image 8/168: Anemone fishes

Anemone fishes. Dive #350: "Sabang Point", Sabang, Mindoro Island, Philippines — Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/8.0, 60 mm, ISO 100, Thursday, November 5, 2009 08:58:57

Image 9/168: Ghost pipefish

Dive #351: "Shark Cave", Sabang, Mindoro Island, Philippines — Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/11.0, 60 mm, ISO 100, Friday, November 6, 2009 02:42:30

Image 10/168: Nudibranch

Dive #351: "Shark Cave", Sabang, Mindoro Island, Philippines — Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/11.0, 60 mm, ISO 100, Friday, November 6, 2009 02:45:59

Image 11/168: Sea cucumber

A small yellow sea cucumber (lat. Pentacta lutea). Dive #351: "Shark Cave", Sabang, Mindoro Island, Philippines — Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/11.0, 60 mm, ISO 100, Friday, November 6, 2009 02:47:53

Image 12/168: White tip reef shark

This white tip reef shark was taking a nap in a crevice until it was disturbed by divers and swam away. Dive #351: "Shark Cave", Sabang, Mindoro Island, Philippines — Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/5.6, 60 mm, ISO 100, Friday, November 6, 2009 02:52:55

Image 13/168: Porcelain crab

A pretty porcelain crab hiding in an anemone. Eine Porzellankrabbe in einer Anemone. Dive #352: "Dungong Wreck", Sabang, Mindoro Island, Philippines — Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/11.0, 60 mm, ISO 100, Friday, November 6, 2009 05:19:44

Image 14/168: Mantis shrimp

A mantis shrimp (lat.lysiosquillina sp.) is looking out of its hole in the ground. They have very fascinating eyes and are able to see ultra violet and polarized light. Dive #352: "Dungong Wreck", Sabang, Mindoro Island, Philippines — Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/11.0, 60 mm, ISO 100, Friday, November 6, 2009 05:27:06

Image 15/168: Partner shrimps

Two almost transparent partner shrimps. Dive #352: "Dungong Wreck", Sabang, Mindoro Island, Philippines — Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/11.0, 60 mm, ISO 100, Friday, November 6, 2009 05:28:53

Image 16/168: Cleaning wrasse

A cleaning wrasse (lat. labroides dimidiatus) is helping a barb to get rid of parasites. Dive #352: "Dungong Wreck", Sabang, Mindoro Island, Philippines — Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/5.6, 60 mm, ISO 100, Friday, November 6, 2009 05:43:34

Image 17/168: Anemone fish

Two anemone fish are looking out of their anemone. They can be very aggressive when protecting their territory. Brave fish. They even bite, which doesn't hurt at all. Dive #352: "Dungong Wreck", Sabang, Mindoro Island, Philippines — Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/8.0, 60 mm, ISO 100, Friday, November 6, 2009 06:01:48

Image 18/168: Pipe fish

A pipe fish (lat. corythoichthys flavofasciatus) is swimming over the ground. Dive #353: "The Hill", Sabang, Mindoro Island, Philippines — Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/11.0, 60 mm, ISO 100, Friday, November 6, 2009 08:25:15

Image 19/168: False cleaning wrasse

A false cleaning wrasse (lat. spidontus taeniatus) is hiding in a pipe and waiting for its next victim. It looks almost like the real cleaning wrasse, but instead of biting off parasites, it bites the fish instead. Dive #353: "The Hill", Sabang, Mindoro Island, Philippines — Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/11.0, 60 mm, ISO 100, Friday, November 6, 2009 08:31:13

Image 20/168: Black frogfish

These black frogfish are hard to spod. And if you found one, they aren't very photogenic. There is little to almost none contrast. Dive #353: "The Hill", Sabang, Mindoro Island, Philippines — Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/8.0, 60 mm, ISO 100, Friday, November 6, 2009 08:44:43

Image 21/168: Hawkfish

A hawkfish (lat. cirrhitichthys) sitting on top of a stone cora. In german they are called "Korallenw├Ąchter" (coral guard). Dive #353: "The Hill", Sabang, Mindoro Island, Philippines — Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/11.0, 60 mm, ISO 100, Friday, November 6, 2009 08:51:29

Image 22/168: Blue dragon

This nudibranch is sometimes called "blue dragon" (lat. pteraeolidia ianthina). It has the phenomenal capability to grow algae in its body which create sugar from sunlight. Therefore this nudibranch requires very little food. There are many different colour variations ranging from blue to brown/green, depending on its age and type of algae breeding. (ref. Sea Slug Forum). Dive #353: "The Hill", Sabang, Mindoro Island, Philippines — Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/11.0, 60 mm, ISO 100, Friday, November 6, 2009 08:57:23

Image 23/168: Razorfish 1

A small group of striped razorfish (lat. aeoliscus strigatus). At this time there was a rather strong current, but those fish were doing synchron swimming with head down and tails up. Dive #353: "The Hill", Sabang, Mindoro Island, Philippines — Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/5.6, 60 mm, ISO 100, Friday, November 6, 2009 09:06:14

Image 24/168: Razorfish 2

A small group of striped razorfish (lat. aeoliscus strigatus). The visibility was not that great. I was ca 2-3 m away when I took this picture. The contrast was strongly enhanced in this picture. Dive #353: "The Hill", Sabang, Mindoro Island, Philippines — Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/5.6, 60 mm, ISO 100, Friday, November 6, 2009 09:06:24

Image 25/168: Razorfish 2

A small group of striped razorfish (lat. aeoliscus strigatus). The visibility was not that great. I was ca 2-3 m away when I took this picture. The contrast was strongly enhanced in this picture. Dive #353: "The Hill", Sabang, Mindoro Island, Philippines — Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/5.6, 60 mm, ISO 100, Friday, November 6, 2009 09:07:28

Image 26/168: Hermit crab

A pretty pink-yellow hermit crab is looking out of its snail shell. Dive #354: Sabang laguna, Mindoro island, Philippines — Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/11.0, 60 mm, ISO 100, Friday, November 6, 2009 10:49:29

Image 27/168: Nudibranch A sea slug of family Chromodorididae (or chromodorids

. The exact name I haven't found yet. There's also some backscatter in the water that needed to be cleaned on the image. But the picture isn't that pretty anyway. Dive #354: Sabang laguna, Mindoro island, Philippines — Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/11.0, 60 mm, ISO 100, Friday, November 6, 2009 10:58:00

Image 28/168: Hermit crab

A hermit crab is hiding between the rubble on the ground. Dive #354: Sabang laguna, Mindoro island, Philippines — Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/11.0, 60 mm, ISO 100, Friday, November 6, 2009 10:59:42

Image 29/168: Three Mandarin Fish

Some jewels hidden between all the coral rubble. These here are called Mandarin fish (lat. synchiropus splendidus) and only 3-4 cm in size. They come out only for ca 1 hour during the dusk. Dive #354: Sabang laguna, Mindoro island, Philippines — Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/11.0, 60 mm, ISO 100, Friday, November 6, 2009 11:08:46

Image 30/168: Two Mandarin Fish

Some jewels hidden between all the coral rubble. These here are called Mandarin fish (lat. synchiropus splendidus) and only 3-4 cm in size. They come out only for ca 1 hour during the dusk. Dive #354: Sabang laguna, Mindoro island, Philippines — Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/11.0, 60 mm, ISO 100, Friday, November 6, 2009 11:11:24

Image 31/168: Three Mandarin Fish

Some jewels hidden between all the coral rubble. These here are called Mandarin fish (lat. synchiropus splendidus) and only 3-4 cm in size. They come out only for ca 1 hour during the dusk. Dive #354: Sabang laguna, Mindoro island, Philippines — Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/11.0, 60 mm, ISO 100, Friday, November 6, 2009 11:17:08

Image 32/168: Mandarin Fish

A jewel hidden between all the coral rubble. These here are called Mandarin fish (lat. synchiropus splendidus) and only 3-4 cm in size. They come out only for ca 1 hour during the dusk. Dive #354: Sabang laguna, Mindoro island, Philippines — Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/11.0, 60 mm, ISO 100, Friday, November 6, 2009 11:18:18

Image 33/168: Decorator Crab

Decorator crabs are glueinng anemones and various stuff on their back and legs for protection and hiding. Dive #354: Sabang laguna, Mindoro island, Philippines — Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/11.0, 60 mm, ISO 100, Friday, November 6, 2009 11:38:17

Image 34/168: Flat Crab

This flat crab is trying to hide in a crevice between stone corals. Dive #354: Sabang laguna, Mindoro island, Philippines — Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/11.0, 60 mm, ISO 100, Friday, November 6, 2009 11:40:34

Image 35/168: Puffer Fish

This giant puffer fish didn't want to be photographed from the front. Dive #355: Coral Cove, Mindoro island, Philippines — Nikon D200, 1/80 s, F/5.6, 24 mm, ISO 200, Saturday, November 7, 2009 02:44:38

Image 36/168: Barrel Sponge

A small hawkfish is sitting on top this big barrel sponge. Dive #355: Coral Cove, Mindoro island, Philippines — Nikon D200, 1/80 s, F/5.6, 12 mm, ISO 200, Saturday, November 7, 2009 02:50:17

Image 37/168: Plate Coral

A yellow feather sea star is sitting on the edge of this plate coral. Dive #355: Coral Cove, Mindoro island, Philippines — Nikon D200, 1/80 s, F/8.0, 12 mm, ISO 200, Saturday, November 7, 2009 03:00:08

Image 38/168: Reef Top

On the top of this reef one finds lots of corals, feather sea stars and anemones. Dive #355: Coral Cove, Mindoro island, Philippines — Nikon D200, 1/80 s, F/8.0, 12 mm, ISO 200, Saturday, November 7, 2009 03:02:00

Image 39/168: Mantis Shrimp

This mantis shrimp (lat. lysiosquillina sp.) is hiding in its hole and looking curiously at the divers swimming by. They have very fascinating eyes. Dive #356: Sabang laguna, Mindoro island, Philippines — Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/16.0, 105 mm, ISO 200, Saturday, November 7, 2009 08:30:18

Image 40/168: Partner Shrimp

One can see the eggs inside this transparent partner shrip sitting on a tentacle of an anemone. Dive #356: Sabang laguna, Mindoro island, Philippines — Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/16.0, 105 mm, ISO 200, Saturday, November 7, 2009 08:52:40

Image 41/168: Anemone Fish Baby

A tiny small (ca 1cm) anemone fish. Fun fact that Disney didn't tell us: Anemone fish are born male. When the dominant female of a group dies the oldest male changes its gender and turns into a female. Dive #356: Sabang laguna, Mindoro island, Philippines — Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/16.0, 105 mm, ISO 200, Saturday, November 7, 2009 08:53:50

Image 42/168: Cylinder Rose

Close-up photo f the tentacles of a cylinder rose anemone. Dive #356: Sabang laguna, Mindoro island, Philippines — Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/16.0, 105 mm, ISO 200, Saturday, November 7, 2009 09:00:01

Image 43/168: Trigger Fish

A small green trigger fish. Probably a juvenile form of a bigger species. Dive #356: Sabang laguna, Mindoro island, Philippines — Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/16.0, 105 mm, ISO 200, Saturday, November 7, 2009 09:15:53

Image 44/168: Juvenile Dragon Wrasse 1

This is a juvenile rockmover or dragon wrasse (lat. novaculichthys taeniourus). It was hiding in a bunch of sea grass in low water and imitating the movement of the swell. It was pretty difficult to take a picture of it, because it was always hiding quickly when it saw me. Dive #356: Sabang laguna, Mindoro island, Philippines — Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/16.0, 105 mm, ISO 200, Saturday, November 7, 2009 09:24:32

Image 45/168: Juvenile Dragon Wrasse 2

This is a juvenile rockmover or dragon wrasse (lat. novaculichthys taeniourus). It was hiding in a bunch of sea grass in low water and imitating the movement of the swell. It was pretty difficult to take a picture of it, because it was always hiding quickly when it saw me. Dive #356: Sabang laguna, Mindoro island, Philippines — Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/16.0, 105 mm, ISO 200, Saturday, November 7, 2009 09:27:59

Image 46/168: Pavel

My dive buddy with its frog inmidst of orange anthias and behind yellow crust anemones. Dive #357: Verde Island, Philippines — Nikon D200, 1/60 s, F/5.0, 10.5 mm, ISO 100, Tuesday, November 10, 2009 03:28:25

Image 47/168: Gorgony

My dive buddy hiding behind a giant gorgony. Dive #357: Verde Island, Philippines — Nikon D200, 1/60 s, F/5.0, 10.5 mm, ISO 100, Tuesday, November 10, 2009 03:30:36

Image 48/168: Anthias

Yellow sponges, crust anemones, coral trout and many orange antias. Dive #357: Verde Island, Philippines — Nikon D200, 1/60 s, F/5.0, 10.5 mm, ISO 100, Tuesday, November 10, 2009 03:32:54

Image 49/168: Gorgony

A nice big gorgony. If you look very closely, you can see five pygmy sea horses of 0.5 pixel size. Dive #357: Verde Island, Philippines — Nikon D200, 1/60 s, F/5.0, 10.5 mm, ISO 100, Tuesday, November 10, 2009 03:33:25

Image 50/168: Corals

Swarms of anthias hiding in corals. Dive #357: Verde Island, Philippines — Nikon D200, 1/60 s, F/5.6, 10.5 mm, ISO 100, Tuesday, November 10, 2009 03:39:07

Image 51/168: Feeding Orgy

Those butterfly fish must have been very hungry. Dive #357: Verde Island, Philippines — Nikon D200, 1/60 s, F/5.6, 10.5 mm, ISO 100, Tuesday, November 10, 2009 03:43:44

Image 52/168: St. Scubadus

The patron of all scuba divers with his glowing halo. Dive #357: Verde Island, Philippines — Nikon D200, 1/60 s, F/16.0, 10.5 mm, ISO 100, Tuesday, November 10, 2009 03:47:32

Image 53/168: Reef Top

On the top of this reef are many corals growing. Dive #357: Verde Island, Philippines — Nikon D200, 1/60 s, F/8.0, 10.5 mm, ISO 100, Tuesday, November 10, 2009 03:57:20

Image 54/168: Reef Top

On the top of this reef are many corals growing. Dive #357: Verde Island, Philippines — Nikon D200, 1/60 s, F/8.0, 10.5 mm, ISO 100, Tuesday, November 10, 2009 03:58:08

Image 55/168: Barrel Sponge

A big barrel sponge, with by many white sea cucumbers and some feather seastars. Dive #358: Verde Island, Philippines — Nikon D200, 1/80 s, F/10.0, 10.5 mm, ISO 100, Tuesday, November 10, 2009 05:20:20

Image 56/168: Lion Fish

Not so easy to take a picture of a lion fish and the sun with a fisheye lens. I think I should have closed the f-stop a bit or reduced shutter time so that the sun isn't blurred that big. The shadow on the bottom is from the camera housing. Dive #358: Verde Island, Philippines — Nikon D200, 1/80 s, F/10.0, 10.5 mm, ISO 100, Tuesday, November 10, 2009 05:46:17

Image 57/168: Nudibranch

Picture of two green sea slugs taken with the fisheye lens. I had to remove many scratches and reflections afterwards because the sun and the strobe were lighting directly into the dome port. Dive #358: Verde Island, Philippines — Nikon D200, 1/80 s, F/14.0, 10.5 mm, ISO 100, Tuesday, November 10, 2009 05:49:31

Image 58/168: Reef Scene

Reef scene with anthias and an blue sea star. Dive #358: Verde Island, Philippines — Nikon D200, 1/80 s, F/10.0, 10.5 mm, ISO 100, Tuesday, November 10, 2009 06:05:12

Image 59/168: Bat Fish

On the wreck of the Alma Jane one usually encounters a group of longfin batfish (lat. platax teira). The two dark ones on the top are juveniles. Dive #359: Alma Jane Wreck, Sabang, Mindoro island, Philippines. — Nikon D200, 1/60 s, F/5.6, 22 mm, ISO 100, Wednesday, November 11, 2009 02:40:53

Image 60/168: Cargo Bay

Inside the cargo bay of the sunken Alma Jane wreck. Dive #359: Alma Jane Wreck, Sabang Mindoro island, Philippines. — Nikon D200, 1/60 s, F/5.6, 12 mm, ISO 400, Wednesday, November 11, 2009 02:45:10

Image 61/168: Bat Fish

On the stern of Alma Jane wreck there is this stationary group of bat fish. Dive #359: Alma Jane Wreck, Sabang, Mindoro island, Philippines. — Nikon D200, 1/60 s, F/5.6, 15 mm, ISO 100, Wednesday, November 11, 2009 02:56:41

Image 62/168: Snapper

A swarm of yellow bigeye snapper (lat. lutjanus lutjanus) is hanging in the current above Alma Jane wreck. Dive #359: Alma Jane Wreck, Sabang, Mindoro island, Philippines. — Nikon D200, 1/60 s, F/5.6, 24 mm, ISO 100, Wednesday, November 11, 2009 02:59:51

Image 63/168: Mast

Corals are growing on the mast of Alma Jane wreck. Dive #359: Alma Jane Wreck, Sabang, Mindoro island, Philippines. — Nikon D200, 1/60 s, F/5.6, 12 mm, ISO 100, Wednesday, November 11, 2009 03:04:50

Image 64/168: Puffer Fish Eye

Close-up picture of the eye of a puffer fish. Dive #360: Sabang Point, Mindoro Island, Philippines — Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/11.0, 105 mm, ISO 100, Wednesday, November 11, 2009 07:57:30

Image 65/168: Lizard Fish

A small lizard fish is sitting on a stone coral. Dive #360: Sabang Point, Mindoro Island, Philippines — Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/11.0, 105 mm, ISO 100, Wednesday, November 11, 2009 08:07:22

Image 66/168: Jaw Fish

A yellowbarred jawfish (lat. opistognathus sp.) is looking out of its hole. One can recognize this spiecies from the yellow spot on the iris. The males keep their egs for approximately 5-7 days in their mouth until they hatch. Dive #360: Sabang Point, Mindoro Island, Philippines — Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/11.0, 105 mm, ISO 100, Wednesday, November 11, 2009 08:14:21

Image 67/168: Goby

A small goby is sitting on a stone coral. Dive #360: Sabang Point, Mindoro Island, Philippines — Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/16.0, 105 mm, ISO 100, Wednesday, November 11, 2009 08:31:16

Image 68/168: Nudibranch

A colorful sea slug. Dive #360: Sabang Point, Mindoro Island, Philippines — Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/16.0, 105 mm, ISO 100, Wednesday, November 11, 2009 08:37:02

Image 69/168: Nudibranch

A colorful sea slug. Dive #360: Sabang Point, Mindoro Island, Philippines — Nikon D200, 1/351 s, F/16.0, 105 mm, ISO 100, Wednesday, November 11, 2009 08:48:39

Image 70/168: Neon slug

This nudibranch is called neon slug or dusky nembrotha (lat. nembrotha kubaryana). Dive #361: Sinandigan Wall, Sabang, Mindoro Island, Philippines — Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/16.0, 105 mm, ISO 100, Thursday, November 12, 2009 02:22:34

Image 71/168: Wart slug

After taking a picture of this wart slug (lat. Phyllidia coelestis the strobe no longer worked because the flash shoe slid away. — Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/16.0, 105 mm, ISO 100, Thursday, November 12, 2009 02:29:08

Image 72/168: Bat Fish

A portrait of a bat fish which was swimming by the wreck in Sabang's lagoon. Dive #362: Sabang Laguna, Mindoro Island, Philippines — Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/16.0, 105 mm, ISO 100, Thursday, November 12, 2009 07:30:40

Image 73/168: Bat Fish

A portrait of another bat fish which was swimming by the wreck in Sabang's lagoon. Dive #362: Sabang Laguna, Mindoro Island, Philippines — Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/16.0, 105 mm, ISO 100, Thursday, November 12, 2009 07:36:07

Image 74/168: Coral Catfish

A swarm of young coral cat fish. They look funny how they swirl through the sand, but they're poison. They have a sting on their dorsal fin. Dive #362: Sabang Laguna, Mindoro Island, Philippines — Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/16.0, 105 mm, ISO 100, Thursday, November 12, 2009 07:45:04

Image 75/168: Coral Catfish

A swarm of young coral cat fish. They look funny how they swirl through the sand, but they're poison. They have a sting on their dorsal fin. Dive #362: Sabang Laguna, Mindoro Island, Philippines — Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/16.0, 105 mm, ISO 100, Thursday, November 12, 2009 07:46:21

Image 76/168: Coral Catfish

A swarm of young coral cat fish. They look funny how they swirl through the sand, but they're poison. They have a sting on their dorsal fin. Dive #362: Sabang Laguna, Mindoro Island, Philippines — Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/16.0, 105 mm, ISO 100, Thursday, November 12, 2009 07:46:31

Image 77/168: Razor Wrasse

Unfortunately the razor wrasse on this picture has a cut-off tail fin. It already had disappeared when trying to take the next picture. They are fast. Dive #362: Sabang Laguna, Mindoro Island, Philippines — Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/16.0, 105 mm, ISO 100, Thursday, November 12, 2009 07:49:22

Image 78/168: Snake Eel

This black-finned snake eel (lat. Ophichthus melanochir) is sticking its head out of its hole. Dive #362: Sabang Laguna, Mindoro Island, Philippines — Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/16.0, 105 mm, ISO 100, Thursday, November 12, 2009 07:51:32

Image 79/168: Mantis Shrimp

A swimming mantis shrimp. Unfortunately not entirely sharp but at least one can see how this animal is swimming with its fins on the belly. Dive #362: Sabang Laguna, Mindoro Island, Philippines — Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/16.0, 105 mm, ISO 100, Thursday, November 12, 2009 07:54:50

Image 80/168: Sea urchin

Macro image of a sea urching. The round thing is not the eye. It's the butthole. Some sea urchins have light sensitive cells on their skin so they can distinguish between light and shadow. Dive #362: Sabang Laguna, Mindoro Island, Philippines — Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/16.0, 105 mm, ISO 100, Thursday, November 12, 2009 07:57:14

Image 81/168: Gurnard

An oriental fying gurnard (lat. Dactyloptena orientalis) is spreading its wonderfull coloured pectoral fins. Dive #362: Sabang Laguna, Mindoro Island, Philippines — Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/8.0, 105 mm, ISO 100, Thursday, November 12, 2009 08:00:10

Image 82/168: Gurnard

An oriental fying gurnard (lat. Dactyloptena orientalis) is creeping over the ground using its fin extensions. Dive #362: Sabang Laguna, Mindoro Island, Philippines — Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/8.0, 105 mm, ISO 100, Thursday, November 12, 2009 08:00:40

Image 83/168: Gurnard

An oriental fying gurnard (lat. Dactyloptena orientalis) is creeping over the ground using its fin extensions. Dive #362: Sabang Laguna, Mindoro Island, Philippines — Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/8.0, 105 mm, ISO 100, Thursday, November 12, 2009 08:00:45

Image 84/168: Pufferfish

This whitespotted puffer fish (lat. Arothron hispidus) is feeding off the sea grass. Dive #362: Sabang Laguna, Mindoro Island, Philippines — Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/9.5, 105 mm, ISO 100, Thursday, November 12, 2009 08:04:23

Image 85/168: Sea Turtle

Once you are diving with a 105mm macro lens on the house reef you might encounter a giant sea turtle eating the sea grass. Dive #362: Sabang Laguna, Mindoro Island, Philippines — Nikon D200, 1/91 s, F/4.8, 105 mm, ISO 100, Thursday, November 12, 2009 08:11:27

Image 86/168: Sea Turtle

The sea turtle swam to the surface for taking a breath. I had to enhance contrast and colours for this picture because the water wasn't clear and I had the wrong lens for this kind of subject. Dive #362: Sabang Laguna, Mindoro Island, Philippines — Nikon D200, 1/91 s, F/4.8, 105 mm, ISO 100, Thursday, November 12, 2009 08:14:53

Image 87/168: Greyface Moray Eel

A small greyface moray eel (lat. gymnothorax thyrsoideus) is snaking through the coral blocks at night for hunting. Dive #363: Sabang Laguna, Mindoro Island, Philippines — Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/13.0, 105 mm, ISO 100, Thursday, November 12, 2009 10:46:42

Image 88/168: Scorpion Fish

This scorpionfish is lying on a stone coral, spreading its beard and hopes that I don't see it. Dive #363: Sabang Laguna, Mindoro Island, Philippines — Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/19.0, 105 mm, ISO 100, Thursday, November 12, 2009 10:51:52

Image 89/168: Mandarin Fish

Two mandarin fish (lat. Synchiropus splendidus) are doing their love dance in the dusk. Dive #363: Sabang Laguna, Mindoro Island, Philippines — Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/19.0, 105 mm, ISO 100, Thursday, November 12, 2009 10:53:25

Image 90/168: Baby Calmar 1

This baby calmar is only 1 cm in size. It raises its tentacles for threatening like an adult. A guide discovered it during a night dive. Was pretty tricky to take a picture of it with the macro lens. Will it grow one day to a Architeuthis measuring 13 m? Dive #363: Sabang Laguna, Mindoro Island, Philippines — Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/22.0, 105 mm, ISO 100, Thursday, November 12, 2009 11:17:28

Image 91/168: Baby Calmar 2

This baby calmar is only 1 cm in size. It raises its tentacles for threatening like an adult. A guide discovered it during a night dive. Was pretty tricky to take a picture of it with the macro lens. Will it grow one day to a Architeuthis measuring 13 m? Dive #363: Sabang Laguna, Mindoro Island, Philippines — Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/22.0, 105 mm, ISO 100, Thursday, November 12, 2009 11:19:56

Image 92/168: Snowflake Moray Eel

This snoflake moray eel (lat. Echidna nebulosa) is snaking through the nightly coral reef hunting for something to swallow. Did you know that moray eels have two sets of jaws just like H. R. Giger's alien from the sci-fi movie "Alien"? Dive #363: Sabang Laguna, Mindoro Island, Philippines — Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/16.0, 105 mm, ISO 100, Thursday, November 12, 2009 11:26:54

Image 93/168: StargazerA whitemargin stargazer (lat. Uranoscopus sulphureus

digging into the sand. It is pumping up its body and sinking bit by bit more into the sand. Dive #364: Sabang Laguna, Mindoro Island, Philippines — Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/16.0, 105 mm, ISO 100, Friday, November 13, 2009 02:41:59

Image 94/168: Stargazer

A whitemargin stargazer (lat. Uranoscopus sulphureus) digging into the sand. It is blowing out the tentacles in its mouth while pumping up its body. The tentacles are used to attract bait once it is completely dug into the sand. Dive #364: Sabang Laguna, Mindoro Island, Philippines — Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/16.0, 105 mm, ISO 100, Friday, November 13, 2009 02:42:02

Image 95/168: Stargazer

A whitemargin stargazer (lat. Uranoscopus sulphureus) completely dug and hidden in the sand. Only the eyes and the edge of the mouth are visible. It can easily be overseen, even by humans. Dive #364: Sabang Laguna, Mindoro Island, Philippines — Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/18.0, 105 mm, ISO 100, Friday, November 13, 2009 02:44:00

Image 96/168: Goby with Pistol Shrimp

The pistol shrimp and goby are living together in a symbiotic relationship. The shimp is good in digging tunnels, but it is blind. With one of its antennas it always keeps in contact with the goby, which watches out for danger. If one gets too close, it wiggles its tail and the shrimp disappears in the tunnel. If one gets even closer, both disappear in their tunnel for several minutes. Dive #364: Sabang Laguna, Mindoro Island, Philippines — Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/18.0, 105 mm, ISO 100, Friday, November 13, 2009 02:47:58

Image 97/168: Coral Fish

The little coral fish always hiding between the branches of a table coral are just sweet. Dive #364: Sabang Laguna, Mindoro Island, Philippines — Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/18.0, 105 mm, ISO 100, Friday, November 13, 2009 02:52:01

Image 98/168: Coral Fish

The little coral fish always hiding between the branches of a table coral are just sweet. Dive #364: Sabang Laguna, Mindoro Island, Philippines — Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/16.0, 105 mm, ISO 100, Friday, November 13, 2009 02:54:58

Image 99/168: Moray Eel

A white eyed, also called greyface, freckled or slender moray eel (lat. Gymnothorax thyrsoideus) is hiding underneath a block of coral. Dive #364: Sabang Laguna, Mindoro Island, Philippines — Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/16.0, 105 mm, ISO 100, Friday, November 13, 2009 02:58:13

Image 100/168: Black Frogfish

The black frogfish is usually not very photogenic and mostly appears as a black, structureless blob on pictures. One needs a strong flash and light it from the side to see the structure of its skin, which is all covered with little knobs. This technique is also used inside of optical instruments to reduce stray light. Here one can see its fishing rod which is between the eyes and mouth. Dive #364: Sabang Laguna, Mindoro Island, Philippines — Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/11.0, 105 mm, ISO 100, Friday, November 13, 2009 03:15:30

Image 101/168: Swarm of Coral Catfish

A swarm of young striped catfish (lat. Plotosus lineatus) swirling through the sand like a cloud in a food orgy. The scenerey and swarm dynamics are fascinating to observe. Dive #364: Sabang Laguna, Mindoro Island, Philippines — Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/18.0, 105 mm, ISO 100, Friday, November 13, 2009 03:22:42

Image 102/168: Blotcheye Soldierfish

Two blotcheye soldierfish (lat. Myripristis murdjan) which are hiding underneath a ship wreck. Dive #364: Sabang Laguna, Mindoro Island, Philippines — Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/10.0, 105 mm, ISO 100, Friday, November 13, 2009 03:30:51

Image 103/168: Lionfish

A lionfish that I could surprise with my camera before it turned its back to me and tried to hide. Dive #364: Sabang Laguna, Mindoro Island, Philippines — Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/10.0, 105 mm, ISO 100, Friday, November 13, 2009 03:34:51

Image 104/168: Scorpionfish

A well carmouflaged scorpionfish looking like a piece of coral block. Dive #364: Sabang Laguna, Mindoro Island, Philippines — Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/14.0, 105 mm, ISO 100, Friday, November 13, 2009 03:36:01

Image 105/168: Network Pipefish

A network pipefish (lat. Corythoichthys flavofasciatus). At night they all gathered on top of a coral. Dive #364: Sabang Laguna, Mindoro Island, Philippines — Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/14.0, 105 mm, ISO 100, Friday, November 13, 2009 03:47:21

Image 106/168: Juvenile Oriental Sweetlip

This juvenile oriental sweetlip was hard to catch with the camera. It was moving as fast as a it just had extasy. I wonder if they move always that way or just if the feel them observed. Dive #364: Sabang Laguna, Mindoro Island, Philippines — Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/14.0, 105 mm, ISO 100, Friday, November 13, 2009 03:56:48

Image 107/168: Giant Clam

A dive site with many giant clams. Unfortunately the visibility there is not very good. Dive #365: The Hill, Sabang, Mindoro Island, Philippines — Nikon D200, 1/80 s, F/9.0, 10.5 mm, ISO 100, Friday, November 13, 2009 08:18:38

Image 108/168: Stone Coral

A lizard fish on a stone coral. With enough back light from the sun one hardly can recognize the bad visibility. Dive #365: The Hill, Sabang, Mindoro Island, Philippines — Nikon D200, 1/80 s, F/9.0, 10.5 mm, ISO 100, Friday, November 13, 2009 08:29:52

Image 109/168: Table Coral

A nice coral block with a table coral inmidst of a shallow sandy dive site. Dive #365: The Hill, Sabang, Mindoro Island, Philippines — Nikon D200, 1/80 s, F/9.0, 10.5 mm, ISO 100, Friday, November 13, 2009 08:37:38

Image 110/168: Table Coral

Another nice coral block with a table coral inmidst of a shallow sandy dive site. Dive #365: The Hill, Sabang, Mindoro Island, Philippines — Nikon D200, 1/60 s, F/6.3, 10.5 mm, ISO 100, Friday, November 13, 2009 08:40:08

Image 111/168: Frogfish

A yellow-brown frog fish between sponges inmidst of a bunch of horn corals. Dive #365: The Hill, Sabang, Mindoro Island, Philippines — Nikon D200, 1/60 s, F/6.3, 10.5 mm, ISO 100, Friday, November 13, 2009 08:47:44

Image 112/168: Frogfish

A yellow-brown frog fish between sponges inmidst of a bunch of horn corals and a diver in the background. Dive #365: The Hill, Sabang, Mindoro Island, Philippines — Nikon D200, 1/60 s, F/6.3, 10.5 mm, ISO 100, Friday, November 13, 2009 08:48:44

Image 113/168: Mandarin Fish

A mandarin fish (lat. Synchiropus splendidus) looking out for a mate. Only 3-4 cm in size and shy but very beautiful. They don't like bright light and come out only during dusk. Dive #366: Sabang Laguna, Mindoro Island, Philippines. — Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/18.0, 105 mm, ISO 100, Friday, November 13, 2009 10:52:14

Image 114/168: Mandarin Fish

A mandarin fish (lat. Synchiropus splendidus) looking out for a mate. Only 3-4 cm in size and shy but very beautiful. They don't like bright light and come out only during dusk. Dive #366: Sabang Laguna, Mindoro Island, Philippines. — Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/18.0, 105 mm, ISO 100, Friday, November 13, 2009 10:52:17

Image 115/168: Mandarin Fish

A mandarin fish (lat. Synchiropus splendidus) looking out for a mate. Only 3-4 cm in size and shy but very beautiful. They don't like bright light and come out only during dusk. Dive #366: Sabang Laguna, Mindoro Island, Philippines. — Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/18.0, 105 mm, ISO 100, Friday, November 13, 2009 11:26:52

Image 116/168: Pyjama Slug

A pretty pyjama slug (lat. Chromodoris lochi). Unfortunately one of the antennas and the gills are not very sharp. F-stop 16 seems not enough depth of field, maybe f/32 would be better for the 105mm macro lens. Dive #366: Monkey Beach, Sabang, Mindoro Island, Philippines. — Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/18.0, 105 mm, ISO 100, Saturday, November 14, 2009 08:16:56

Image 117/168: Brittle Star in Soft Coral

Looks like a worm with bristles, but there must be somewhere a brittle star hidden behind the branch of this soft coral. Dive #366: Monkey Beach, Sabang, Mindoro Island, Philippines. — Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/18.0, 105 mm, ISO 100, Saturday, November 14, 2009 08:22:39

Image 118/168: Tube Worm

The gills of a tube worm living in a stone coral. If you get too close it makes *FLUPP* and they're gone. Dive #366: Monkey Beach, Sabang, Mindoro Island, Philippines. — Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/18.0, 105 mm, ISO 100, Saturday, November 14, 2009 08:28:22

Image 119/168: Nosestripe Anemonefish

Two very nervous nosestripe anemonefish (lat. Amphiprion akallopisos), also called skunk clownfish, protecting their anemone from a dangerous photographer. Dive #366: Monkey Beach, Sabang, Mindoro Island, Philippines. — Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/13.0, 105 mm, ISO 100, Saturday, November 14, 2009 08:41:58

Image 120/168: Butterflyfish

A butterflyfish biting on a stone coral. The advantage of a long lens is that one can take pictures of fish without disturbing their natural behaviour. But the water has to be very clear. If the distance is one meter and more image contrast is lost. The strobe light has to travel the distance twice. Dive #366: Monkey Beach, Sabang, Mindoro Island, Philippines. — Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/9.0, 105 mm, ISO 100, Saturday, November 14, 2009 08:50:06

Image 121/168: Long-nosed Butterflyfish

A long-nosed butterflyfish (lat. Foreipiger flavissimus) is feeding of the tentacles of a coral. Dive #366: Monkey Beach, Sabang, Mindoro Island, Philippines. — Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/9.0, 105 mm, ISO 100, Saturday, November 14, 2009 08:51:09

Image 122/168: Anthias Females

A group of female anthias are swimming against the current. Dive #366: Monkey Beach, Sabang, Mindoro Island, Philippines. — Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/9.0, 105 mm, ISO 100, Saturday, November 14, 2009 08:53:53

Image 123/168: Black-backed Butterflyfish

Caught a swimming black-backed butterflyfish (lat. Chaetodon melannotus) with my macro lens. Dive #366: Monkey Beach, Sabang, Mindoro Island, Philippines. — Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/9.0, 105 mm, ISO 100, Saturday, November 14, 2009 08:56:27

Image 124/168: Anthias Male

This is probably a male anthias. Dive #366: Monkey Beach, Sabang, Mindoro Island, Philippines. — Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/9.0, 105 mm, ISO 100, Saturday, November 14, 2009 08:58:25

Image 125/168: Blenny

A blenny peeping out of its hole in a coral block. With the cute tentacles above its eyes it almost looks like a coral. Dive #368: Sabang Laguna, Mindoro Island, Philippines. — Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/22.0, 105 mm, ISO 100, Sunday, November 15, 2009 02:41:48

Image 126/168: Goby with Pistol Shrimp

Another species of a goby and pistol shrimp, sharing their home, digging and guarding tasks. Dive #368: Sabang Laguna, Mindoro Island, Philippines. — Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/22.0, 105 mm, ISO 100, Sunday, November 15, 2009 02:45:32

Image 127/168: Long-spine Porcupinefish

This longspined or freckled porcupinefish (lat. Diodon holocanthus) has just realized that I have discovered it in its hiding place. Dive #368: Sabang Laguna, Mindoro Island, Philippines. — Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/22.0, 105 mm, ISO 100, Sunday, November 15, 2009 02:48:49

Image 128/168: Clownfish

This clownfish is just telling a funny joke about a mussel. Dive #368: Sabang Laguna, Mindoro Island, Philippines. — Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/22.0, 105 mm, ISO 100, Sunday, November 15, 2009 03:01:05

Image 129/168: Clownfish Family

And the whole clownfish family in their home anemone. The biggest one is the female, the small ones are the males, which turn into a female if the oldest female dies. I bet not even Nemo and Marlin know this. Dive #368: Sabang Laguna, Mindoro Island, Philippines. — Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/22.0, 105 mm, ISO 100, Sunday, November 15, 2009 03:01:40

Image 130/168: Tube Anemone Swimming Crab

A swimming crab (lat. Lissocarcinus laevis) eating some jellyfish in a tube anemone. From far away this small, cracked tube anemone in a field of sand looked not very interesting. Dive #368: Sabang Laguna, Mindoro Island, Philippines. — Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/22.0, 105 mm, ISO 100, Sunday, November 15, 2009 03:08:22

Image 131/168: Shrimp with Eggs

One can see the eggs inside this translucend shrip. It is sharing the tube anemone with the swimming crab from the previous picture. Dive #368: Sabang Laguna, Mindoro Island, Philippines. — Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/22.0, 105 mm, ISO 100, Sunday, November 15, 2009 03:11:35

Image 132/168: Sole

The skewed face of a sole. When they're young, they swim vertical and have one eye on each side. When getting older, one eye wanders from one side to the other and the fish swims horizontal. Dive #368: Sabang Laguna, Mindoro Island, Philippines. — Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/22.0, 105 mm, ISO 100, Sunday, November 15, 2009 03:19:42

Image 133/168: Sole

Another sole with a tubular nose hole. Dive #368: Sabang Laguna, Mindoro Island, Philippines. — Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/22.0, 105 mm, ISO 100, Sunday, November 15, 2009 03:21:56

Image 134/168: Young Lionfish

This young lionfish was very shy and squeezed itself into acorner. Probably it didn't kow yet that it was poisonous. Dive #368: Sabang Laguna, Mindoro Island, Philippines. — Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/22.0, 105 mm, ISO 100, Sunday, November 15, 2009 03:26:46

Image 135/168: Frogfish

A brown frogfish with black dots, which was hiding in a ball of rope on the ground. One can see its little fishing rod that is used to attract bait. Dive #368: Sabang Laguna, Mindoro Island, Philippines. — Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/18.0, 105 mm, ISO 100, Sunday, November 15, 2009 03:32:26

Image 136/168: Juvenile Lionfish

A young lionfish was trying to hide heads down on a stone. Dive #368: Sabang Laguna, Mindoro Island, Philippines. — Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/22.0, 105 mm, ISO 100, Sunday, November 15, 2009 03:38:13

Image 137/168: Sole

The skewed face of a sole with very interesting eyes. It could move both of them individually, scanning the environment, like the gun turret of a tank. Dive #368: Sabang Laguna, Mindoro Island, Philippines. — Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/22.0, 105 mm, ISO 100, Sunday, November 15, 2009 03:48:20

Image 138/168: Scorpionfish

A scorpionfish lying on the ground. I spent several minutes waiting for it to open it's mouth but it didn't want to do so. Dive #368: Sabang Laguna, Mindoro Island, Philippines. — Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/22.0, 105 mm, ISO 100, Sunday, November 15, 2009 03:52:08

Image 139/168: Hermit Crab

A pretty red hermit crab with white dots and bushy legs is looking out of its snail shell. Dive #368: Sabang Laguna, Mindoro Island, Philippines. — Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/22.0, 105 mm, ISO 100, Sunday, November 15, 2009 03:56:10

Image 140/168: Pufferfish

A puffersfish trying to hide under a tree trunk. It has teeth like a rabbit. Dive #368: Sabang Laguna, Mindoro Island, Philippines. — Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/16.0, 105 mm, ISO 100, Sunday, November 15, 2009 04:00:17

Image 141/168: Perches

Are these perches coming from Lake Zurich and spending their holiday also in the Philippines? Dive #368: Sabang Laguna, Mindoro Island, Philippines. — Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/16.0, 105 mm, ISO 100, Sunday, November 15, 2009 04:02:42

Image 142/168: Pufferfish

Gotcha! Yet another pufferfish that was discoverd in its hiding place. Dive #368: Sabang Laguna, Mindoro Island, Philippines. — Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/22.0, 105 mm, ISO 100, Sunday, November 15, 2009 04:08:43

Image 143/168: Christmas Tree Worm

The gills of a christmas tree worm, living in its tube in a stone coral. There weren't many of them around here. Dive #368: Sabang Laguna, Mindoro Island, Philippines. — Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/22.0, 105 mm, ISO 100, Sunday, November 15, 2009 04:10:24

Image 144/168: Network Pipefish

A network pipefish (lat. Corythoichthys flavofasciatus) that wasn't always looking away from the camera. Dive #368: Sabang Laguna, Mindoro Island, Philippines. — Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/22.0, 105 mm, ISO 100, Sunday, November 15, 2009 04:11:44

Image 145/168: Sea Snake

A sea snake is snaking through the corals, hunting for bait. It wasn't neither aggressive nor interested at all in us. After a while it was lying down for taking a nap. Was a small snake, only 2 cm in diameter. Dive #368: Sabang Laguna, Mindoro Island, Philippines. — Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/22.0, 105 mm, ISO 100, Sunday, November 15, 2009 04:13:49

Image 146/168: Ship Wreck

One of the ship wrecks in the lagoon of Sabang. Well, perfectly shot with perfect illumination. But later I discovered that the camera was set to manual focus accidentally. With a 10.5 mm fisheye lens one doesn't see it through the viewfinder, one can only hear if the focus motor moves or not when pointing the camera in different directions. It's all blurred. Only when scaling down it looks like it was sharp. Dive #369: Sabang Laguna, Mindoro Island, Philippines. — Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/8.0, 10.5 mm, ISO 100, Sunday, November 15, 2009 07:19:10

Image 147/168: Bat Fish

These bat fish didn't want to cross in front of the sun. Unfortunately not sharp, because autofocus was accidentally turned off. Dive #369: Sabang Laguna, Mindoro Island, Philippines. — Nikon D200, 1/125 s, F/10.0, 10.5 mm, ISO 100, Sunday, November 15, 2009 07:24:04

Image 148/168: Sea Stars

An underwater meadow full of sea stars. Okay, I cheated a bit and placed some of them close to each other. Unfortunately there is a shadow of a ship in the center of the image. Dive #369: Sabang Laguna, Mindoro Island, Philippines. — Nikon D200, 1/60 s, F/11.0, 10.5 mm, ISO 100, Sunday, November 15, 2009 08:04:25

Image 149/168: Ship's Keel

Underwater view of a ship's keel with the propeller in the lagoon of Sabang. Dive #369: Sabang Laguna, Mindoro Island, Philippines. — Nikon D200, 1/160 s, F/6.3, 10.5 mm, ISO 100, Sunday, November 15, 2009 08:17:31

Image 150/168: Coral Catfish

A pack of small coral catfish, that was swimming over the sea grass meadow and placed nicely in front of the camera. Dive #369: Sabang Laguna, Mindoro Island, Philippines. — Nikon D200, 1/60 s, F/13.0, 10.5 mm, ISO 100, Sunday, November 15, 2009 08:28:14

Image 151/168: Boat Wreck

The wreck of a small sunken boat. Dive #369: Sabang Laguna, Mindoro Island, Philippines. — Nikon D200, 1/125 s, F/5.6, 10.5 mm, ISO 100, Sunday, November 15, 2009 08:31:51

Image 152/168: Lionfish

A small lionfish. Dive #370: Sabang Laguna, Mindoro Island, Philippines. — Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/16.0, 60 mm, ISO 100, Sunday, November 15, 2009 11:13:57

Image 153/168: Lionfish

And another small lionfish. Dive #370: Sabang Laguna, Mindoro Island, Philippines. — Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/16.0, 60 mm, ISO 100, Sunday, November 15, 2009 11:16:06

Image 154/168: Box Crab

A well carmouflaged box crab (lat. Calappidae) on sand. Dive #370: Sabang Laguna, Mindoro Island, Philippines. — Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/16.0, 60 mm, ISO 100, Sunday, November 15, 2009 11:22:03

Image 155/168: Crab

Another tiny crab that is a master of disguise. Dive #370: Sabang Laguna, Mindoro Island, Philippines. — Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/16.0, 60 mm, ISO 100, Sunday, November 15, 2009 11:33:56

Image 156/168: Bristle Worm

A bristle worm (lat. Polychaetes) running across the sand. Dive #370: Sabang Laguna, Mindoro Island, Philippines. — Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/16.0, 60 mm, ISO 100, Sunday, November 15, 2009 11:39:21

Image 157/168: Brittle Star

This tentacles probably belong to a brittle star hiding in the sand and fishing for plankton. Dive #370: Sabang Laguna, Mindoro Island, Philippines. — Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/16.0, 60 mm, ISO 100, Sunday, November 15, 2009 11:45:23

Image 158/168: Shrimp

A fresh shrimp, not fried and without cocktail sauce. Dive #370: Sabang Laguna, Mindoro Island, Philippines. — Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/16.0, 60 mm, ISO 100, Sunday, November 15, 2009 11:57:46

Image 159/168: House with Antenna

This hermit crab must have TV in its snail shell house. At least it has an antenna. Dive #370: Sabang Laguna, Mindoro Island, Philippines. — Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/16.0, 60 mm, ISO 100, Sunday, November 15, 2009 12:05:04

Image 160/168: Razorfish

During this night dive there were about hundred of razorfish. But unfortunately they alway broke up one one pointet a light into that direction for taking a picture. Swarm dynamics is something fascinating. Dive #370: Sabang Laguna, Mindoro Island, Philippines. — Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/16.0, 60 mm, ISO 100, Sunday, November 15, 2009 12:14:06

Image 161/168: Moray Eel

A yellowhead moray eel snaking through the corals at night hunting for prey. Dive #370: Sabang Laguna, Mindoro Island, Philippines. — Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/16.0, 60 mm, ISO 100, Sunday, November 15, 2009 12:16:56

Image 162/168: Hermit Crab

A hermit crab taking its anemones out for a walk. Dive #370: Sabang Laguna, Mindoro Island, Philippines. — Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/16.0, 60 mm, ISO 100, Sunday, November 15, 2009 12:19:48

Image 163/168: Ghost Pipefish

This ghost pipefish is tring to hide in the arms of a feather seastar. It's well hidden and one can compare it's small size. Dive #371: Bouldes, Sabang, Mindoro Island, Philippines. — Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/22.0, 105 mm, ISO 100, Tuesday, November 17, 2009 02:17:35

Image 164/168: Pygmy Seahorse

A pygmy seahorse hiding in a gorgony at around 30 meters depth. It didn't want to look at the camera and I didn't have much time to take a picture, because there were some nasty koreans tapping on my shoulder. Dive #371: Bouldes, Sabang, Mindoro Island, Philippines. — Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/22.0, 105 mm, ISO 100, Tuesday, November 17, 2009 02:29:09

Image 165/168: Pygmy Seahorse

A pygmy seahorse hiding in a gorgony at around 30 meters depth. It didn't want to look at the camera and I didn't have much time to take a picture, because there were some nasty koreans tapping on my shoulder. Dive #371: Bouldes, Sabang, Mindoro Island, Philippines. — Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/22.0, 105 mm, ISO 100, Tuesday, November 17, 2009 02:29:29

Image 166/168: Octopus

An octopus hiding in a hole and looking at the divers. It's fascinating how they can quickly change their form and skin structure to blend in with the background. Dive #371: Bouldes, Sabang, Mindoro Island, Philippines. — Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/16.0, 105 mm, ISO 100, Tuesday, November 17, 2009 02:37:03

Image 167/168: Christmastree Worm

A christmastree worm in a stone coral showing its blue gills. Dive #371: Bouldes, Sabang, Mindoro Island, Philippines. — Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/22.0, 105 mm, ISO 100, Tuesday, November 17, 2009 02:45:34

Image 168/168: Ghost Pipefish

Another ghost pipefish. Or was it the same that tried to hide in the arms of a feather seastar? Dive #371: Bouldes, Sabang, Mindoro Island, Philippines. — Nikon D200, 1/250 s, F/22.0, 105 mm, ISO 100, Tuesday, November 17, 2009 02:53:45