World record , biggest wave ever surfed!

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WATCH IT AGAIN.... BELOW..BUT WITHOUT THE MUSIC!! ITS EVEN MORE EXCITING, THIS IS THE ONLY FOOTAGE  OF A MOMENT IN HISTORY THAT WILL NEVER BE REPEATED ! The KIWI dude  MIKE PARSONS taking on JAWs in MAUI. ..From the documentary the Billabong Odysey. Take in the sound of CRASHING WAVES and the WIND as you watch , 
ENJOY THE RIDE!! TURN UP YOUR SPEAKERS.Listen to the wind and Crashing waves...Mind Blowing !!









fASCINATING MACRO CRITTERS









Pylons of a rig!
Photo taken by student of mine Aric Chia.

SAWBLADE SHRIMP

pics by edwin eng,








WHIP CORAL CRAB

Lazy good for nothing hanger on.


Remorra. Laziest fish. Likes to hang around bigger fishes like stingrays or sharks. Bigger the better.These lazy buggers cant even be bothered to swim,with suction cups on their backs,they just stick themselves to their host hitching a ride, detaching themselves to feed when their hosts eat. Sharks for example , as they grab food and tear it to pieces,bits or small chunks will drift about and these opportunist fish will grab its share and then stick itselves back on to the main body after the snacks. Waiting for the next convenient meal to come about. No wonder they are called suckers or parasites.

Underwater ninja.Mimic octo.

Look is it a flounder , no , is it a bunch of deadly seasnakes,no,could it be a stingray? No its just a mimic octopus.

Underwater ninjas .it can pretend to be what it feels like to camouflaged itself or to prey on food!

If ever there is a animal i totally respect underwater it has got to be the mimic octopus.Shapeshifter , invisible critter ,master of disguise , it not only can blend into any environment but actually by memory mimic another creature to deter or to prey upon prey.Amazing to watch.!!


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video video

1st  video is when it adapting itself to look like the seagrass ,  and the other has it pretending to be a flounder fish.



























 
This last cephalopod may not be as versatile as the  Mimic octo , but still pretty good in any book!







Damselfish.The vegetable grower.farmer fish!

Small but fearless. Next time you scuba dive on a shallow reef.
And you come across this puny little fish aggresively darting at you.

Once..it is warning you to steer clear..
Twice if you stubbornly insist on confronting it..

Third time is usually a charm..the little bugger will really take a nip at you..

This damsel buggers are really fearless..They will take on fish or divers 50 times its own size..
Not that it hurts , actually more amusing than painful when bitten by a damselfish.

 But have a heart. There is a good reason why it is so aggressively trying to chase you away from the vicinity.
Some damsels are nicknamed farmer fish. In the real sense of the word.
They actually grow their own food, just like a vegetable farmer would do.
Damsels are known to cultivate their own crop of algae.

 Certain types of damsels graze on algae among the coral reefs and some actually swim around collecting algae and plant it all in a chosen patch, concentrated on a rock.or coral.
They will graze around and gather the algae onto a small patch on a selected patch , the algae they harvested .

So have a heart,next time you are diving the reef and the damsel have a go at you. The thing is merely protecting its algae farm it has so carefully cultivated and when you wander too close ,you are perceived as threat to its crops,stealing the spoils of its hard work.

Raiding its store.



 So if you get accosted by the damsel,if you look around ,with a keen eye and you may notice a patch of healthy thick clump of algae concentrated on a rock or coral patch , close to where the attack happened,That is  what it is defending...It's food source...
Like in the video above ....
See the healthy clump of algae on the bleached staghorn...





Yup indeed.these Damsels are fearless and by no means helpless  in Distress






Why i like to go scuba diving! Amazing cleaning stations



 Observing marine life and interaction of  events that happens around coral reefs. Dramas unfold like a TV soap opera,of sneakiness,intrigue, with elements of a spy drama ,there is deceit , grace , treachery ,trickery, trust ,betrayal,transformation,mutual respect,confusion,panic,agony, intelligence,posturing, beauty , courtship , seduction , delicate meticulous treatment,.harmony,balance,

Evolved from thousands of centuries of interaction between the organisms,creatures more ancient than human history,fierce predators turn docile,tiny fishes taking on other animals 50 times its own size,without fear protecting a small tuft of algae,it nurtured n cultivated,parasitic fishes, hitchhiking, too lazy to hunt for their own food preferring to grab leftover chunks ,killer lice slowly sucking out the life of the fish it has latched on , ritual of courtships, dances or posturing  with strikingly beautiful colors being used  to attract or seduce the opposite sex .
 Fascinating to watch as events unfold and being able to interpret the going ons is immensely rewarding,anemone condos or tiny cleaner shrimps,bigger boxer shrimps,venomous spines of scorpion fishes,or pencil urchins,deadly toxins of seasnakes 10 times more potent than the cousins on land.!


Cleaning stations.
  Fishes have no arms nor legs to scratch themselves when their bodies itch,as they swim about grazing for food,its inevitable they will pick up unwelcomed guest, hitch hikers that latches on to their bodies from their bodily contacts with the reef or  free swimming parasites that drift with the currents.
Or algae growth on their bodies as they swim about , the oceans are full of microscopic life in the form of plankton or tinier micro organism that floats and drifts with the currents.
 Its just mother nature's  design of the food chain link. Which in itself is another intriguing story. As for scuba divers,to be able to recognise a cleaning station and interpret the going ons,can be a rewarding and entertaining sight when observed.

 Its intriguing to admire the trust involved when species are being cleaned.
Predators like moray eels,sting rays  or generally those bigger fish that prey on smaller fishes ,quick snacks,seem to know where the boundaries of respect lies,more so for the smaller cleaner wrasses or cleaner shrimps which during the course of their feeding of the parasites,if the bigger fish should decide to make a quick snack of them,there really isnt much they can do to get out of the situation,especially when they are literally in the mouths already of the fish
.Amazing how restraint is  applied ,as the fishes let the cleaners do their jobs.Goin in and out of the gills and agaped mouths and eyes,hovering motionless as the cleaners go about their business.



















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