12 critters of christmas

In the countdown to Christmas, Atmosphere is celebrating the incredible diversity of amazing critter species we can find along Dauin’s coastline! Here are some of our favourite critters … 1. The ambon scorpionfish (Pteroidichthys amboinensis) This sedentary scorpionfish is top of the list for many muck divers. To enhance its camouflaging abilities it gathers drifting algae, making it incredibly difficult to spot. Then, once it has had enough, it sheds the outer layer of skin and starts all over again. 2. The candy crab (Hoplophrys oatesi) This cryptic crab, also known as a soft coral crab, is the only species …

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I recently wrote about my 14 month-long search for the elusive greater blue-ringed octopus and the running joke that my bad luck had become in the dive centre. However, it’s as though they heard my cry. Just a couple of weeks later I SAW MY FIRST ONE! Joining guests who were sympathetic to my status as a bad luck charm, I ventured out with my camera and a small bubble of hope that this may be the day. Just 10 minutes into the dive our guide Sai put out the ‘I’ve found something’ noise of “ding, ding, ding” and gestured …

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A short update from our quick-fire beach clean-up on December 12 – following a few days of calm seas, the wind switched back to normal earlier in the week and with that came a sudden flurry of trash. This beach clean-up was our heaviest yet, with 96 kg of trash during only 30 minutes. 95% was plastic, including 333 plastic bottles, 114 shoes & flip flops and a paddling pool! More worrying was the sheer amount of small polystyrene pieces collected. Our rough counting put it near a 1,000, but this is likely to be a huge underestimate. A change in …

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