Underwater life at Pulau Weh, Indonesia…

Made a trip to Pulau Weh (off Sumatra Island) many moons ago, with my ‘sweeto-haato’ aka dive buddy…
This location is known for the tsunami that happened in December 2015…
Incidentally, we were there during the 10th anniversary of the disaster..
Locals refer to Pulau Weh as ‘Sabang’, which is actually the name of the biggest town in the island…
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The weather was horrendous throughout the whole time we were there…
Strong gales, heavy rains, choppy seas, huge surges, you name it…
Still, we tried our best to enjoy the trip although I almost threw out in one of the outings…
My missus was smiling away while I agonized…

This anemone fish is a lovely specimen no doubt, but I was more attracted to those ‘nipples’ that house the fish…

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This rose-like specimen is the egg of the nudibranch…
I have seen this on numerous occasions and I still marvel at how pretty some eggs can look like…

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A very friendly Emperor Angelfish… Size was about 40 centimeters…

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Could this be a Golden Damselfish?
They are small but are quite aggressive towards ‘intruders’ coming into their territory…

PC230613aThis Coral Grouper caught my eye as it was moving about, looking for some crevice to hide…
This is a very popular table fish in seafood restaurants in Asia…

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Am not so sure, but I think this is a Squat Lobster…
It was hiding comfortably in some kind of barrel coral…
Not too big… perhaps twenty centimeters?

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Collared Butterfly-fish are often seen in pairs, and sometimes in large groups…
They feed on coral polyps…

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This starfish looked like a stuffed pillow to me…
Not too often that I came across such a specimen…

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Arc-eyed Hawkfish perched on top of a coral head…
They like to dart around, but I think they are very photogenic subjects…

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Freckled Hawkfish looking very pretty…
They feed on small fishes or shrimps…

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I believe this might be a Red-cheek Anthias…
They congregate in large schools, swimming against the current…
They are one of my favorite fishes to photograph…

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16 thoughts on “Underwater life at Pulau Weh, Indonesia…

  1. You took so sharp pictures.What type of camera did you use those pictures underwater? Interested in entering The Sony photography contest?

  2. Hi Lrong, these are truly awesome photos, NG-like shots! The nudibranch is so small yet it has that eggmass! How big is it? My mouth watered in thinking about those yummy fishes, OMG if i were you i might not be able to control myself in catching one. Haha! Best regards also to your suweeto hato.

    • Thank you so much for your compliments, Andrea… that eggmass is about 3 to 4 centimeter in diameter, I think… they are really very flower-like… thanks for your regards to my sweeto haato… at this very moment, she is in Hokkaido, running a marathon…

  3. Stunning underwater photographs. What camera did you use? And you are not a National geographic professional photographer, are you? If you are, then I’ve to boast to my friends about that :-). But, you are just like NG pro photographers.

    • Heeeaaah… you speak too well of me… (blushing…)
      Perhaps I should be thinking of a career change? 🙂
      Anyway, am using a ‘normal’ point and shoot camera… would love to shoot the underwater pics with an SLR but it is simply too heavy to carry the camera all the way from home…

    • Thank you very much, Alice, for having so much faith in my ‘skills’… the fish pictures at Pulau Weh were taken in late December 2014… which means that they are excluded from the competition as only pictures taken in 2015 are accepted… now, I took a good look at the pictures I captured in 2015… hmmm… anyway, I registered my name and look forward to some serious picture taking in 2016… perhaps there might be a picture or two that I can submit in 2016… many thanks for the information and encouragement… will certainly put this into good use…

      • The deadline is January 12, 2016 for the pictures taken in 2015. Three free entries. I’m sure you have some good pictures and they can be edited I think, so what are you waiting for?

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