A selection of baby frogfish with a special place in Atmosphere's marine biologist Daniel Geary's heart

I haven’t written a frogfish blog in awhile, terrible I know and I apologize, so in honor of this year’s baby frogfish season I have decided to go into my archives and take a look back at some of my all time baby frogfish encounters. I have seen hundreds and hundreds of frogfish in my time working at Atmosphere Resorts & Spa, with around 400 different individuals encountered in 2016 alone, but luckily a few baby frogfish really stand out in my memory. One of my favorite baby frogfish is a juvenile red painted frogfish, around 1 cm, that I …

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Octopus sex at Atmosphere resort in Dauin, Dumaguete, Philippines

Octopus are one of the most interesting critters a diver can encounter while underwater. Whether the fact that they can squeeze into any crevice that their beak will fit into or that they can change color and texture in an instant, one of the most interesting things about octopus is actually their sex life. Octopus will begin to metabolize their own muscles when they become sexually mature to make their eggs and sperm. Because of this, almost all species of octopus lay one clutch of eggs and then die.   The male mototi, the one with the stripes, showing off …

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Underwater selfie with a blue ringed octopus at Atmosphere Resort Philippines with Daniel Geary

One of many reasons I enjoy working at Atmosphere is that I can take my camera with me when I am diving with guests. Not only does this help me build my portfolio, but guests can get a better view of the tiny macro critters we see when the photos are enlarged on my computer after the dive.  This has been a great year for my underwater photography – I won a category in a national photo contest and I have had my photographs in my first three publications – two photos in Sport Diver Magazine (April, October) and two …

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Juvenile Harlequin Sweetlips

This year I took part in my first underwater photography contest, the annual SNUPS (Splash-NUDI Underwater Photo Shootout) event that takes place here in the Philippines. This year we had enough people from Dumaguete/Dauin that wanted to participate that they gave us our own leg to compete against Anilao and Cebu/Malapascua. It’s an amateur competition, so no professionals allowed! One great aspect of this competition is that it doesn’t allow any cropping or photo manipulation – photos must be transferred in their original format straight from the camera. Although post-processing (Photoshop, Lightroom, etc) is accepted and almost necessary in the …

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A schedule packed full of diving

It has been diving galore this month as Instructors Don, Lor, Daniel and Lauren have all been very busy with numerous PADI courses. Guests Immo and Luci both completed their Open Water Courses mid August. Our Marine Biologist Daniel helped guest Katherine complete her Rescue Course on the same week. Lauren was in charge of a number of DSD’s in English and French over the last couple of weeks and a kids Bubblemaker course with 9 year old Sara last week. This week Don is doing DSD’s for Filipino couple Fene and Roy and Lor is teaching one of our …

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