Wednesday, September 26, 2007
Fujiko. Keep diving. When is you 2000 dives?
Japanese: Konbanwa....kyou no shashin ha ichi mai dake ne. Shouto Fujiko san no 1000 bon desu. cake ha arimasu yo. Shouto Fujiko san, omedetou gozaimasu. Ganbatte ne. Itsu 2000 bon?
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Depend on what divers like to see. If they like nudibranchs, Mabul and Kapalai Island are the best place for them to hunt for nudibranch best shoot.
Solar Nudibranch ( Phyllodesmium longicirrum)
Sunday, September 23, 2007
Flamboyant Cuttlefish (Metasepia pfefferi)
M. pfefferi is a robust-looking species, having a very broad, oval mantle. Arms are broad and blade-like, with arm pair I being shorter than the rest. The protective membranes are narrow in both sexes. Arm suckers are arranged in four rows. The modified arm used for fertilisation, called the hectocotylus, is borne on the left ventral arm. The oral surface of the modified region of the hectocotylus is wide, swollen, and fleshy. It bears transversely grooved ridges and a deep furrow running along the middle. The sucker-bearing surface of the tentacular clubs is flattened, with 5 or 6 suckers arranged in transverse rows. These suckers differ greatly in size, with the largest located near the centre of the club. Three to four median suckers are especially large, occupying most of middle portion of the club. The swimming keel of the club extends considerably near to the carpus. The dorsal and ventral protective membranes are not joined at the base of the club, but fused to the tentacular stalk. Dorsal and ventral membranes differ in length and extend near to the carpus along the stalk. The dorsal membrane forms a shallow cleft at the junction with the stalk. This particular species of cuttlefish is the only one known to walk upon the sea floor. Due to the small size of its cuttlebone, it can float only for a very limited time.
Most sources agree that M. pfefferi grows to 8 cm in mantle length, although others give a maximum mantle length of 6 cm.The dorsal surface of the mantle bears three pairs of large, flat, flap-like papillae. Papillae are also present over the eyes.
The cuttlebone of this species is small, two thirds to three quarters the length of the mantle, and positioned in its anterior. Characteristically of the genus Metasepia, the cuttlebone is rhomboidal in outline. Both the anterior and posterior of the cuttlebone taper gradually to an acute point. The dorsal surface of the cuttlebone is yellowish and evenly convex. The texture throughout is smooth, lacking bumps or pustules. The dorsal median rib is absent. A thin film of chitin covers the entire dorsal surface of the cuttlebone. The cuttlebone lacks a pronounced spine; if present, it is small and chitinous. The striated zone of the cuttlebone is concave, with the last loculus being strongly convex and thick in the front third. The sulcus is deep, wide, and extends along the striated zone only. Striae (furrows) on the anterior surface form an inverted V-shape. The limbs of the inner cone are very short, narrow, uniform in width, with the U-shape thickened slightly towards the back. The cuttlebone of M. pfefferi does not possess an outer cone, unlike that of most other cuttlefish species.
Saturday, September 22, 2007
The Crocodile fish, Cymbacephalus beauforti (Knapp, 1973), aka Crocodilefish, De Beaufort's flathead ... is a mottled brownish gray species of flatfish with fluorescent green markings criss-crossing its body. It often camouflages itself on sheltered or semi-exposed reefs. It may reach 50 centimeters in length and has 9 or 10 dorsal spines, 11 dorsal soft rays, no anal spines, 11 anal soft rays, and large pelvic fins. Juveniles are entirely black, though as they age they gradually take on the blotched pattern of the adult. The rear edge of the maxilla ends well in front of eye, and near the eye there is a prominent pit, a smooth infraorbital ridge, and a smooth suborbital ridge bearing 2 spines. The interopercular flap is usually broader than long, with several subdivisions. The eyes of the Crocodilefish have frilly iris lappets, which help break up the black pupil of the fish, and thus improve its camouflage.
This paragraph was taken from
Thecacera sp or we normally called it Pikachu. One of the special nudibranch in Mabul and Kapalai. Sometime also can find it in Sipadan. But, to find them in this post is not that easy. You know what they doing? Meeting? No... Mating. Hahahaha...
Thursday, September 20, 2007
Snakey Bornella (Bornella anguilla)
Correct me if i am wrong. I found there are few type (almost the same like this) share the same name. And according to Mr. Hirotaka Takagi, he asked somebody who expert in nudibranches. They still dun have the specific name for this nudibranch.
We are not sure with this nudibranch as well. We couldn't find the name in the book. Maybe you can help us. U can share your information to us if u have the updated book. We found in one book, its look almost the same. The name is Gymnodoris citrina. Correct me if i am wrong.
Gorgonian Horned Shrimp ( Periclemenes sp).
This amazingly camouflaged shrimp was observed in several occasions at Sipadan in the Sulawesi, always perfectly mimicking the gorgonians on which it is exclusively found. ( This paragraph was taken from – A diver’s guide to Underwater Malaysia: Macrolife written by Andrea and Antonella Ferrari)
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Sunday, September 16, 2007
This group is very lucky! We are hard to see leopard shark in Sipadan Island. But this group even can see them mating. I never see it. I want to see.
These photos a bit dark because its were taken around 30meter. Thanks Mr. Daniele Etro for sharing his photos with us.
Saturday, September 15, 2007
Actually, we realize that different diver love different stuff. Western diver love big stuff more. Beside, most of the Japanese love macro stuff. Hahaha....To be a very good dive master is not that easy as u imagine. We need to take care what they want? What they need? We will do our best.....!
clown triggerfish (Balistoides conspicillum)
This fish can reach up to about 50 cm (20 in) in length. It has strong jaws which can be used to crush and eat sea urchins, crustaceans and hard-shelled mollusks.
This fish has unique coloration. The ventral surface has large, white spots on a dark background, and its dorsal surface has black spots on yellow. There is a vertical, white (slightly yellow) stripe on the caudal fin. The brightly painted yellow mouth may be used to deter potential predators.This fish has a form of camouflage that is, or is similar to, countershading. From below, the white spots look like the surface of the water above it. From above, the fish will blend in more with the coral reef environment.
These paragraphs were taken from
Long Nose Hawkfish (Oxycirrhites typus)
The Longnose Hawkfish is one of the most popular of the hawkfish. They are a very interesting fish to watch and have very intricate and colorful markings. They have tufts (typical of hawkfish) on the dorsal fin rays and the nostrils, and there coloration is to mimic the Gorgonian Color that they live in. They do this almost perfectly.
This paragraph was taken from
Thursday, September 13, 2007
Pygmy Seahorse (Hippocampus bargibanti)
Pygmy seahorse seem to live exclusively on soft coral colonies in deep water (around 20 meter +) and in current-swept areas. It small size and extremely cryptic body shape, coloration and skin texture make it hard to spot. Full range of distribution is still under dispute: reliable sources have recorded it in the vicinity of Mabul and Kapalai. ( This paragraph was taken from – A diver’s guide to Underwater Malaysia: Macrolife written by Andrea and Antonella Ferrari)
Dwarf Pipehorse (Acentronura tentaculata)
An exceptionally well camouflaged little species which looks like a cross between a seahorse and a pipefish proper. A stationary bottom dweller, not uncommon but exceedingly difficult to locate due to its cryptic habits (it stays anchored to small sea grasses by it tail, swaying in the current) and its hairy appendages, which make it look like rotting vegetation. ( This paragraph was taken from – A diver’s guide to Underwater Malaysia: Macrolife written by Andrea and Antonella Ferrari)Special thank to Mr. Yasuda Yasuhiro for sharing his best picture. ( Arigaju...hehehe...oyaji gyagu (Japanese Language))
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
These fishes belong in the "Order Perciformes" and "Suborder Percoidei" as members of the "Family Microdesmidae" (Dartfishes & Wormfishes) consisting of 2 subfamilies, 10 genera, and 73 species.Often thought of as "Gobies" however, they are members of the Dartfish Family Microdesmidae. These fish are zooplankton feeders, and generally hover in open water, yet near the safety of an area where they can quickly retreat if threatened. They like the security of wedging themselves into tight places for a restful night's sleep. Unfortunately, nighttime predators such as crabs may make them an evening snack.
These paragraph are taken from http://www.saltcorner.com/sections/zoo/dartfishes.htm
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Jawfish are aptly named with their huge mouths that seem to take up their entire head. These unique little fish also have large eyes, elongated bodies and unusual lifestyles.
Jawfish spend most of their time in their burrows, which they dig in the sand using their powerful jaws. They rarely venture far from their holes and will quickly disappear into their underground homes if they sense the slightest bit of danger.
Jawfish are found near coral reefs throughout the world where they mainly feed on plankton and other tiny creatures. Most species usually grow to between 4 to 6 inches, though some types can grow to 18 inches.
( These paragraph are taken from http://www.tropicalfish.at/saltwater/jawfish/jawfish.html)
Monday, September 10, 2007
Mid Blue-Ringed Octopus is another one of the smaller, but more deadly marine animals that inhabit shallow coastal. They normally found at reefs and rubble areas.
Mid Blue-Ringed Octopus is small, and rarely is larger than about 20 centimeters from the tip of one tentacle across to the tip of the opposite tentacle. The blue-ringed octopus is normally light in color, with dark brown bands over its eight arms and body, with blue circles superimposed on these dark brown bands. When the octopus is disturbed or taken out of the water, the colors darken and the rings turn a brilliant electric-blue color, and it is this color change that gives the animal its name.
The octopus secretes a very deadly venom, either by biting with its parrot-like beak, or by squirting the poison into the water surrounding its prey (usually small crustaceans like crabs). The poison is so strong that it causes immediate respiratory paralysis and death can occur within an hour and a half. The direct bite from the blue-ringed octopus is usually painless, and may not be noticed immediately by the victim, who may have mistakenly picked up an interesting looking octopus while searching through a tide pool. However, the deadly effects of the poison will be noticed immediately. The poison apparently interferes with the body's nervous system. The victim will immediately experience numbness of the mouth and tongue, blurring of vision, loss of touch, difficulty with speech and swallowing, and paralysis of the legs and nausea. If the victim does not receive medical treatment immmediately, full paralysis may occur within minutes, followed by unconsciousness and death due to heart failure and lack of oxygen. There is no antivenom for the poison from a blue-ringed octopus. It is usually necessary to perform continuous CPR on a victim until the effects of the venom have subsided. This may take several hours, but it may mean the difference between life or death for the victim. ( these paragraph are taken from http://longwood.cs.ucf.edu/~MidLink/seawasps.html)
Hope u all be careful when u are diving. Underwater world is beautiful and can be dangerous as well.
Sunday, September 09, 2007
I am trying not to make it like a book. Otherwise u all going to sleep when u read it.
I am knowing that my writing is not so good as u expecting. I am not novel writer. This is what i can do. Sorry for my writing problem. Hope u still can understand what i am trying to say out.
Anita Abel with her 100 dives.
Marijie Wesseling with her 50 dives
Keep diving and hope u will reach more higher in the future...See ya.
Saturday, September 08, 2007
Mr. Alan with his lovely giant frogfish. His pet name Along....hahaha
White Banded Cleaner Shrimp is our dentist. Say hi to our dentist. Make an appointment if u need their service..... Telephone number... +60101007007
Our guest from South Africa Folker Ausdemkhamen also come here for this special treatment. He said he will come back again. He is totally enjoy!
Welcome! Welcome! Welcome!........ Do visit us!
Friday, September 07, 2007
Again, special thank to those who share your photo to everybody. Please take more good photo and share with us. We are waiting for u....hehehehe...!
Thursday, September 06, 2007
Our MC for last night, Miss Belma.
Wow....! This is Hawaii dance....They can also dance this...don't play play....! No need to go Hawaii, just come here...!
Mengalai dance....one of the Bajau cultural dance! It is a Bajau wedding ceremony dance.
" I like U" song dance. Performed by bar, front office and mini mart staff.
" Chopeta" song dance......! Have u watch before?
How? did u enjoy the dances?
See.....They are so enjoy! Don't u?
Allan: Don't hold me! Let me die!
Eva: don't be like that! Don't know how to dance is not your fault.....! Even u want to die, just go other place, don't make dirty our restaurant....hahahaha
Jimmy: ya ya...! That right!
Our guest Tatara Yuka has celebrated her birthday last night. Please send your bless to her....hehe...Wish her always happy and doing best in her life. "Omedeto Gozaimasu, Yuka san!" "Ima nansai? hehehe" ( in English: Happy Birthday, Yuka! How old are u?)
We are welcome all of u to celebrate your birthday here......! And enjoy diving with us....!
Wednesday, September 05, 2007
Sea Condition: Bit choppy
Water Temperature: 27-29 Celsius
Dive Guide: Alex, Allan, Jimmy, Bobby, Jay, Froilan and Ramil
I couldn't get the update photo from our guest. So i just can show u this photo. These are a few days ago, but we still saw them recently.
Dogtooth Tuna..... look scary....! Not even u, we also scared of them.....hehehe...
Snake eel..... U didn't see it doesn't mean its not exist....They can be everywhere....! Scary or not?
Hi...our dearest guest, don't forget every Friday. We have BBQ dinner. Don't miss it...
Tuesday, September 04, 2007
Sea Condition: Calm
Water Temperature: 27-29 Celsius
Dive Guide: Bobby, Richard, Allan, Jimmy, Froilan and Ramil
From what i got, today seem very calm not even sea condition but underwater as well. My friends said today quite boring. But for guest is interesting. Hahahaha....As we have diving here for long time until now, every fish seem very common for us....Hehehe...unless we see big school hammerhead shark, manta ray, treasure shark, whale shark.....! Today don't have new picture. I just put some remain pictures from guest and me also.
How about this photo? Nice view? Of course....the only nice view in Mabul Island what?
Now is a season of Ornate Ghost Pipefish (Solenichthys cyanopterus). Maybe? Now we start to see some of them.
Who say trumpet fish (Aulostomus chinensis) is no special? I say special....U know why? I tell u why! To swim and stand vertically is not easy u know...hahahaha...
Monday, September 03, 2007
Sea Condition: very calm
Water Temperature: 27-28 Celsius (come back to normal)
Dive Guide: Allan, Jimmy, Alexander Ho, Richard, Bobby and Jay
Hi....Before i am going further. We would like to congratulate Shikamura Satomi for reaching her 50 dives. Please keep diving and having fun. Always remember : safety first ! (anzen daiji ne!).
Ok....today information about Sipadan dive. Jimmy's group saw big school of barracuda. Yes...Yes...Yes....Barracudas are coming back. What u waiting for? Come back and dive with us...hahaha...! Jay and Jimmy went for early morning dive. Like usual, we saw big school of Bumphead Parrotfish, jack fish, batfish and also very big Grey Reef Shark! Scary...!
Bobby's group want to Si Amil Island. I will try to update the photo for u all.
Satomi, omedeto gozaimasu! Daibing ha ganbatte ne. (Congratulation, Satomi. Do your best in diving)
So sad.....sad...sad....! I don't want to say anything! This guy is totally memory lost. Help him! he he!
Giant Travelly always in between school of jack fish. But now they going out....for a while...! So hot inside! No air conditioner supply some more hahaha!
Giant jawfish.... How giant? Just come here to check....hehehe
Metalic Shrimp Goby......one of the Japanese favorite gobies.
Hei....Don't fishing here! We are trying to protect the reefs and fish here. If u want to fishing, just go more further up from here...!
Sunday, September 02, 2007
Sea Condition: Quite calm
Water Temperature: 26-28 celsius
Dive Guide: Allan, Richard, Bobby, Jay and Ramil
This few day quite calm. Barracudas seem like on leave. But, according to Allan, they saw school of barracuda at Coral Garden. They are back! Yeah...Yeah...! I love u barracuda...! They saw Hammerhead shark also. Jay's group faced very strong down current. Waw...crazy man! Make u nightmare. So, please always follow your guide no matter where u dive? no matter how good u are? Local dive guide know better than u! Today pictures are......
Sipadan map at dive center SWV resort. Don't forget to log your dive. Don't like that! Don't get lazy!
1 hour stop at the beach, Sipadan Island. Let's drink.
so tire after traveled very long distance. Sleep first...!
Waw.. Alarm clock is ringing. Time to go....
Common octopus.....! I'm hiding. U didn't see me!
Netted Ceratosoma (Ceratosoma sp)