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Dedicated underwater fathers - Pygmy seahorse, jawfish, cardinalfish and pipefish, all with eggs in Dauin, Dumaguete, Philippines. Photos by Daniel Geary at Atmosphere Resort.

When it comes to reproduction in the ocean, things can get a little weird. There are animals that can change sexes (ghost pipefish) as well as animals that are both sexes (nudibranch), and even animals that can jettison an arm to grow a new animal (starfish). There are many fish that have role reversals where the fathers take care of the eggs until they hatch. The most well-known example is the seahorse, but there are many more dedicated underwater fathers that take on the motherly duties. Notice the reproductive pouch of this pregnant pygmy seahorse male Seahorse fathers with eggs …

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juvenile clown frogfish yawning by Daniel Geary at Atmosphere Philippines

You think the frogfish is yawning? Think again… In honor of recent Frogfish February (and March!), I have decided to write yet another frogfish blog. For this one, I’m going to focus on the facts behind the ‘holy grail’ of frogfish photos – the yawn. Every photographer wishes for the frogfish yawn, although sometimes you can wait an entire dive and still not see it. Other times, like waiting for a hairy frogfish to yawn, you let someone else take some photos and it yawns seven times in a row. Such is life. A frogfish yawn is a very funny …

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Frogfish at Atmosphere Philippines - 10 different species in one day!

As most of our diving guests know, February and March are intense months for Frogfish lovers with more species and sightings than most of us can imagine. Our marine biologist Daniel has been very busy teaching his PADI Frogfish Specialist course and we are proud to say that on one course dive in March, Daniel and his students saw 10 different frogfish species in one day! Not ten frogfish – ten species! Two of the highlights were a juvenile hispid frogfish, a rosy frogfish and the first sargassum fish in a year, a smaller than 1 cm juvenile.

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PADI Frogfish Specialist distinctive course at Atmosphere Resort Philippines

It doesn’t get much more distinctive than this! We can proudly announce that thanks to our passionate frogfish-loving marine biologist Daniel Geary, we now have a PADI Frogfish Specialist Diver course at Atmosphere Resorts & Spa. Approved by PADI, the course has two dives and some very interesting theory bits where you will learn about species, sizes, behavior, how to find them and much more. Where better to do so in frogfish-packed Dauin in Dumaguete, and better yet at Atmosphere Resort where the house reef is a paradise for frog fish lovers? The first two students were Duncan Perry and …

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Frogfish heaven - 12 of the 16 frogfish captured on one dive at Atmosphere

If you have visited us at Atmosphere or been to our facebook page then you already know one thing – I am beyond obsessed with frogfish, which you can read more about here in my blog about frogfish from last year. The reason I am writing about frogfish again is because right now is my favorite time of year – baby frogfish season! Starting around January until around May, baby frogfish start turning up everywhere. Right now, nearly every dive site has a baby frogfish, even on our house reef. Last month on one day we saw sixteen baby frogfish …

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