Tag Archives: marine life

crazy crabs of Dauin, Atmosphere resorts, Philippines

Muck diving has a lot of weird and wonderful critters, but my favorite critters (besides frogfish) are the ones that really go above and beyond when it comes to taking advantage of the environment. Its one thing to change color or simply look like your surroundings, but there are a few crazy crabs I want to highlight that really get their money’s worth from the environment. There are many species of crabs, including hermit crabs, that utilize their environment as camouflage. They don’t just blend in with their surroundings, they become their surroundings. They will remove plant material, hydroids, anemones, …

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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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When you visit us here at Atmosphere Resorts, you don’t have to be an adult to enjoy all of what we have to offer. Whether it’s diving, the spa, yoga or excursions, there are always kid-friendly options. We pride ourselves in our happy hour (and a half) with drink specials changing daily that include non-alcoholic beverages for those who don’t drink alcohol or are too young. When it comes to the spa and yoga, kids deserve to get pampered too. We have put together a spa kids’ menu so that they can enjoy a relaxing time at the spa as …

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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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10 things you did not know about Nudibranchs

Normally when people think of the word slug, they think of something slimy and undesirable, but that’s not the case when it comes to the underwater world. Nudibranchs, kind of like a sea slug, come in virtually every color and combination of colors and are extremely beautiful. Although most of the time they are quite small, they are so awesome that this makes up for what they lack in size. Here are 10 pretty cool things you might not know about nudibranchs. Nudibranch comes from the Latin word ‘nudus’ and the Greek word ‘brankhia,’ meaning ‘naked’ and ‘gills’ respectively. This …

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