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#1 saudio

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Posted 22 November 2013 - 06:30 PM

Visited Wakatobi for the first time last month.  Here are a few shots I liked.  7D, Nauticam, Z240, lenses. 

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Prettiest Basket Star I've ever seen

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Bigeyes who were hiding from the current behind a small bommie and let me get close

 

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Soft Coral Crab


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Crinoid Squat Lobster

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Posted 22 November 2013 - 09:18 PM

Looking great Mike.  How did you like the resort?  Did you get to go out on the Pelagian?

 

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#3 Alison Perkins

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Posted 23 November 2013 - 03:54 AM

I really enjoyed your images. Thanks for sharing.

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Posted 23 November 2013 - 09:55 AM

Looking great Mike.  How did you like the resort?  Did you get to go out on the Pelagian?

 

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Steve

thanks Steve!  As I expected, the resort, staff, rooms, food were all incredible.  The diving was overall excellent, but I did notice there seemed to be fewer macro critter ops there than almost all the other places I have visited in Indo.  The house reef was amazing, although we only got in three house reef dives in 9 days diving.  Didn't get on the Pelegian, I went on a land excursion in Bangkok on the way and 10 days of diving was all I could manage. 



I really enjoyed your images. Thanks for sharing.

My pleasure Alison.  I'll post a few more later. 

 

Mike



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Posted 28 November 2013 - 01:31 PM

Here are a few more. 

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Real deal Nemo fish.

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This are Delicate Tube Worms, less that 1/2 inch across, feeding in the strong current

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Our friendly DM, Dollar

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Splendid Dottyback, tending eggs inside a hole in a sponge.



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Here a shot I always hoped to get, a male Yellow Barred Jawfish brooding eggs in it's mouth. You can see the eyes of the juveniles inside the eggs.



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Lizard Fish

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This Map Puffer settled into the sand to have his gills cleared of parasites by cleaner wrasse. His teeth proved to be more interesting

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Mirror Basslets being cleaned. One of the prettiest small fish on the reef
 



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Posted 28 November 2013 - 01:33 PM

And yet a few more
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This is a Pyrosome, I found this colony of Zooids shallow at a safety stop, and miraculously IDed it while googling another creature



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Leaf Scorpionfish




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Posted 28 November 2013 - 01:36 PM

And yet even a few more.
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This was a very unusual shot for me, three Nudibranchs mating simultaneously. Never seen three of them touching wieners before.
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A Pygmy Seahorse, about 1/3 inch tall



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This is a close up of the eye decorations of a Sharp Nose Pufferfish


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Glass shrimp, 100mm Macro with SubSea +10

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One of my favorite wide angle shots of the trip, soft coral deep on a wall

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Spadefish with Isopod parasites



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Posted 28 November 2013 - 01:39 PM

If a mod happens to read this, could you please edit the subject of this thread and add the words (More pics added)?

 

Thanks

 

Or, is there a way for me to edit my original post?  I can only find an edit button on the last post of the thread.  Maybe I'm missing something.

 

Thanks,

 

Mike



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Posted 16 December 2013 - 09:52 AM

Very nice shots. Great job.

 

My first trip to Indonesia was to Wakatobi, and it was a real eye-opener. Having been to Raja Ampat a couple of times and other Indo-Pacific destinations, I rank it a little bit lower than some other locations, although I still have great memories of lots of wonderful dives.

 

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Posted 17 December 2013 - 12:50 PM

But a hell of  alot easier to get to! Eh!



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Posted 19 December 2013 - 06:18 AM

Very nice shots. Great job.

 

My first trip to Indonesia was to Wakatobi, and it was a real eye-opener. Having been to Raja Ampat a couple of times and other Indo-Pacific destinations, I rank it a little bit lower than some other locations, although I still have great memories of lots of wonderful dives.

 

Erwin

Thanks Erwin.  It was pretty much the consensus of our travel group, many of whom had visited other Indo locations, that Wakatobi was a great location, with wonderful staff and facilities, and great diving by any standard, but still not as diverse and creature intense as Raja, Komodo, or Banda.  It's worth a visit on it's own merits, there aren't many places where you are as well cared for and well fed, but for hard core photographers who can't manage frequent trips to Asia, there may be better choices.  And, it's pretty expensive.