Rhinopia in Dauin Dumaguete Philippines at Atmosphere Resorts

After a couple of weeks of rumors in the area, we can confirm with these awesome shots by Atmosphere’s marine biologist Daniel Geary that we do indeed have Rhinopia here in Dauin. Still a baby, this weedy rhinopia (Rhinopias frondosa) hopefully has many friends around. We also hope that he or she will find a nice colored sponge or coral to sit next to and take on a  bit of color – as they expertly do. Rhinopias are among the holy grails of macro diving – very rare species within the scorpion fish family. There are 6 different Rhinopias and this …

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One of the cutest, and most awkward, fish in the ocean is the yellow boxfish – specifically the juvenile. We have plenty of them in Dauin and usually have a few residents that live on the house reef. They’re not the most graceful, but they’re always great fun to watch. The yellow boxfish (Ostracion cubicus) is a common sighting throughout the Indian and Pacific Oceans, with some in the Atlantic Ocean, although concentrated in the south eastern areas. They can grow to a maximum size of around 30-40 cm. These fish are indeed box shaped, hence the name, but are …

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I saw my first frogfish six years ago in Malapascua, Philippines. It was a giant frogfish, black of course, and I called it grumpy fish. I thought it was cool, and that was that. Fast forward a year later, this time in Oslob one island over, and I found my first frogfish on my own, this time a giant purple one. That was the exact moment I fell in love with frogfish. Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine that this weird fish would evolve into a passion of mine. I never imagined that I would speak at dive …

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Blue Ring Octopus, Atmosphere Resorts, Dauin Philippines

Critter life is quite seasonal here in Dauin. Whether its water temperature, wind, changes in underwater habitat, or other environmental factors, there are clear patterns and trends when it comes to fish and other critters. We love October here at Atmosphere because, not only is it octopus and cephalopod season, but it also has a nice ring to it – Octopus October. Truth be told, Octopus October is not entirely correct. It should be called “Cephalopod September until December-ish.” Octopus are not the only special critter during this season as cuttlefish also begin to appear. This year we had plenty …

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Although they can be difficult to find, frogfish are one of the best subjects for underwater photographers, especially beginners. They come in all different colors, all different sizes, and don’t like to move around that much. Sometimes they are so camouflaged or hidden that the resulting photograph is cluttered, boring, or makes it hard to even see where they are. Luckily, there are plenty of techniques when photographing them that allow for great, creative photos.   Behavior One alternative frogfish shot is to show the entire fish with its lure out. This is good if you want him to fill …

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