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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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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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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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Critters, critters, critters. Critters here, critters there, critters everywhere! Well, that’s how it feels here in Dauin at the moment. One critter that seems to be taking over is the ghost pipefish. At my favorite dive site Cars, we usually see between 10 and 20 per dive during the spring months and three different species. Ghost pipefish are a common request by divers here at Atmosphere, and with good reason. We have four species of ghost pipefish in Dauin, three of which we see all the time and one species that makes an appearance every now and then. The most …

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Critters in Muck at Atmosphere Resort

What is muck diving? Why would you want to dive in muck? Don’t you like coral? These are some of the questions that many divers are asked when they bring up muck diving in conversation. Some people are turned off by the idea simply because of the name without actually realizing what muck diving is. To us here at Atmosphere, muck diving is an absolutely amazing game of hide-and-go-seek where there is always something new to see or experience. You can dive the same site twice in a day and see completely different critters, so it’s always a good idea …

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