|Greatings from Bali|
When you dive or snorkel at Amed diving sites you are not just seeing some of the most pristine coral reefs on the
|Amed Scuba, Diana and Stephan in Gili Selang|
|Amed Scuba: Viktoria Kleyer, group of Anthias|
|Amed Scuba, Anthias|
|Amed Scuba, Anthias|
|Fabio Strazzi, Amed Scuba: Hippocampus bargibanti|
Denise's pygmy seahorse (Hippocampus denise) is a species of fish in the Syngnathidae family. Originally described from Indonesia and other places. Pygmy seahorses are among the most well camouflaged species in the oceans, being very difficult to spot amongst the gorgonian coral they live in.
Hippocampus denise is tiny, growing only to a total length of 1.5 cm. It is orange and resembles the pygmy seahorse, Hippocampus bargibanti, though its tubercles are less distinct. Wikipedia
|Fabio Strazzi, Hippocampus Denise|
Perhaps the most fascinating of coral reef fish adaptations are the variety of brilliant and bizarre color patterns that adorn them. Many fish often take on the color patterns of their environment, either to sneak up on prey, or to hide from predators, like this black frogfish nestled amongst the sponge, coral, hydroids and tunicates– yes, that is a frogfish!
Antennarius maculatus, also known as the Warty frogfish or Clown frogfish, is a Marine fish belonging to the family Antennariidae.
Antennarius maculatus is a small sized fish which grows up to 15 centimetres. Like other members of its
|Amed Scuba, Clown Frogfish|
While color can be a key component for finding a mate, for some species like the frogfish above, drawing attention visually is not necessarily the best form of flirting. Frogfish survive by making themselves as inconspicuous as possible, so when it comes time to broadcasting their intentions, they do so chemically, by releasing distinctive scent or ‘pheromone’ into the water. This is handy as subtlety is important when there are plenty of other species of fish that would also happily make you a meal.
|Amed Scuba, Pegasus|
|Amed Scuba, snake eel|
CuttlefishThe name cuttlefish is misleading, as they are not a fish but an invertebrate - member to the squid and octopus family. When it comes to both standing out and fitting in, they have it all going on. Masters of camouflage and disguise, cuttlefish use their color changing ability to blend in with the reef background when they want to sneak up on unsuspecting fish or evade a larger predator.
|Amed Scuba, Cuttlefish|
LionfishMost fish found on coral reefs are ray-finned. These skeletal arrays in a fish's fins provide the stiffness needed to serve as paddles for locomotion or stabilizers. Sometimes, these stiffer stabilizing fins can become a form of defense – and act as a distraction, serving as a warning as well as partial camouflaging. The lionfish has several adaptations; for example, his spinal array is both wickedly sharp and carries a brutally painful toxin, whereas his pectoral fins are soft and feathery serving both to confuse and broadcast to a predator “don’t mess with me.”
|Amed Scuba, Lionfish|
home. Many of these colors and patterns are a form of adaptation - from the obvious to provide concealment, or to openly broadcast “I am here.” Of course, the reasons behind some of the more flamboyant colorations are not always easily identified.
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From a macro festival with pygmy sea horses, pegasus- or frog fishes with ghost pipe fishes etc. to a wide angle festival at the USSAT Liberty shipwreck in Tulamben the variety in Bali is exciting! Drop offs, drift dives, shipwrecks, untouched coral gardens and still more for example in Crystal Bay where the visibility is mostly awesome to meet the famous Sunfish (Mola mola), the largest bone fish in the world with a span as large as 4 meters. One think we should not miss! We should meet the awesome and huge Manta rays in Nusa Penida! Amed Scuba offers you the best diving sites in Bali!
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