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#1 pummkin

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Posted 09 October 2004 - 01:25 AM

We've got stonefish & we've got the real monty. I couldn't stop the goosebumps over how ugly this is....!

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Posted 09 October 2004 - 02:57 AM

You have my vote :)

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Posted 09 October 2004 - 08:13 AM

mmm might need a second oppionion, but it dont look like one to me. Looks more live a devil fish ?

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Posted 09 October 2004 - 09:04 AM

Yep, thats the Spiny Devilfish Inimicus didactylus

They sure are ugly though

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Posted 09 October 2004 - 06:41 PM

Yep, Inimicus for sure. Good one too.
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Posted 09 October 2004 - 09:30 PM

not sure how anyone can get a "good " picture of an animal as ugly as that :) . They were litterally every where in Lembeh Straits... u needed to reall watch your self when settlling down to take pics.

I got a few too



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Posted 10 October 2004 - 06:47 AM

To the contrary, I think they're far more photogenic than all those cutsey anemone fish filling everyone's galleries. Not just their mothers love them!
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Posted 10 October 2004 - 08:18 AM

Lol....... mmm I dont see them making the cover of "scuba diver" or "asian Diver " magazine in the near future , but yeh, I am sure that their mums love them no matter what ! ....... I heard their venom is pretty bad........ anyone been stung by one...what what it like ( if your still alive to tell the story )

How are u Leslie ?..... cheers

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Posted 10 October 2004 - 10:41 AM

I've never read any stories about this guy's venom, just that it can be deadly. Once I was working aboard ship doing trawls when a guy got stung by the local scorpionfish. His hand become extremely swollen & painful but he was quite macho & kept on sorting fish. A colleague was on another cruise when a woman sat on a scorpionfish (don't ask, I don't know details). She went into shock & had to be airlifted off the ship. The Indo-Pacific scorpions are supposed to be much worse than ours.

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Posted 10 October 2004 - 08:41 PM

Heheheh! :) I was in a minefield of urchins as I hovered precariously over this Iminussses WhachamaTustus fella to have a closer look. It was the first time I had seen such a creature after 12 years of diving & thousand over dives later. I live in Malaysia & this was taken in Tioman Island, where the movie Bali Hai was made. In this part of the world, they call it REAL Stonefish, apparently to distinguish from the FALSE Stonefish, which always rest in pairs. Gotta dig up all my photos to find it. Once I do, will post it here! :D

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Posted 11 October 2004 - 06:38 AM

Apa Khabar !...... I have like wise been about 10years underwater, and can still count real stone fish on one hand ( I think). They are very very very difficult to spot as they are so well camourflaged. I remember a dive guide 9 years ago showing me one, and .... well, I could not see it, even with my nose 30 cm from it. Only after he gave it a nudge, I saw it ( as it moved ). The one i saw had the right name " stone " cause it swam like a lazy stone....very very slow and awkward. Here is another one , it looks different than the ones ( 2 or 3 ) I have see in thailand, but this one is from Mataking near the pier. Even this one was pretty hard to see.



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Posted 16 October 2004 - 08:02 AM

Aiyeeee! Thought this is a Stargazer? No? Seen one at Kapalai, Sabah & they look fat & ugly! I think I'd stick to taking Sea Gummies' pix. For your information, we call nudibranchs, Sea Gummies coz they look & sometimes feel like Gummy Bears! It's a girl thing so don't ask me if it's a valid name! If it sounds cute, it's probably feminine!!!

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Posted 16 October 2004 - 08:35 AM

Here are some from Lembeh, that I still have online to help with the IDs:

Inimicus (road kill):
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Stonefish (a nice yellow one):
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Stargazer (what an original composition, NOT):
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Posted 19 October 2004 - 07:46 PM

Hi Alex,

Do you have another photo of the Inimucus (road kill)? I've not seen such colouration before.

Mind sharing some other photos of it with us?

:)