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Clownfish - False Clown Anemonefish by Ulrika Kroon Atmopshere Resort Dauin Dumaguete Philippines

With the movie “Finding Nemo”, the clownfish leaped to instant fame. Cute, colorful and with a distinctive personality, they are hard to miss on the coral reef. Believe it or not, there are actually thirty different species of clownfish including the “false clown anemonefish”, the species that our friend Nemo belongs to. Clownfish are a type of damselfish and are also referred to as anemonefish, due to the fact that they live in anemones. There are ten different species of anemones that are hosts to clownfish, with some clownfish only found in one species while others can be found in all …

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Hairy Shrimp If you have been diving on the Atmosphere house reef, then you know that we like to spend a lot of time in the seagrass during the safety stop. Sometimes we find frogfish, nudis, pygmy squid, different species of pipefish, and even the occasional octopus. Not many of these, besides baby frogfish, are incredibly tiny, so you might be wondering – why is the dive guide inspecting every blade of grass? The answer is that they are searching for one of my new favorite critters, the hairy shrimp (Scientific Name: Phycocaris simulans)! Before I arrived at Atmosphere in 2014, …

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A mating pair of octopus on the Atmosphere Resorts house reef

July, August and September have been great months for diving here at the Atmosphere House Reef. We have had mating pairs of frogfish, pregnant ornate ghost pipefish and banded pipefish, a few pairs of leaf scorpion fish, and most recently, a few mating pairs of octopus, all on the house reef! We have known about a few octopus that reside in our house reef for a while, but our divers started seeing a pair together in the beginning of July, which usually means that they are preparing to mate since octopus are very territorial and not usually found together. In …

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A Harley on the Atmosphere House Reef

One of the most sought after underwater critters is the beautiful harlequin shrimp, found in the Indo-Pacific. Despite being a very rare critter, the harlequin shrimp makes an appearance in Dauin from time to time and is mainly found in coral reefs, not at ‘mucky’ dive sites. We have been lucky at Atmosphere, with three visits this year, counting in the one on the house reef right now! “Harleys” as many call them, are usually found in pairs and often mate for life. We had a pair in March and, more recently, this single female in August. In a pair, …

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Jawfish on the Atmosphere Resorts house reef Jawfish on the Atmosphere Resorts house reef

One of the many awesome critters we have in Dauin – and even better, plenty on the Atmosphere Resorts house reef – is the jawfish. There are roughly 40 species of jawfish, but one species, the Yellowbarred jawfish, is happy to call the our house reef its home. You can find a good number of these small fish (up to 10 cm) below the main reef in the rubble field between 10-15 meters depth. Although they are sometimes hard to spot, if you know where to look on our house reef, notably in round holes about an inch in diameter, …

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