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The Stuff Of Nightmares, Lembeh Strait


The Stuff Of Nightmares, Lembeh Strait – image © Chris Mitchell

The Bobbitt worm looks like something you’d never want to meet, especially on a night dive. But they’re a star attraction in Indonesia’s Lembeh Strait. This ambush predator buries itself vertically in the sand and then explodes upwards with lightning speed to catch its prey with its scissor-like jaws. Thankfully bobbitt worms are only a few inches wide – although they can be over a metre in length – and pose little danger to divers who keep their fingers – and everything else – to themselves. While it’s scientifically known as Eunice Aphroditois, its popular name comes from the infamous 1993 incident which made international headlines when Lorena Bobbitt cut off her adulterous sleeping husband’s penis with a knife. (Not a sentence I imagine you were expecting to read on a diving website). (Lembeh Strait, 2011)

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Tsunami Memorial, Similan Islands, Thailand


Tsunami Memorial, Similan Islands, Thailand – image © Chris Mitchell

The 2004 tsunami had a truly devastating impact on the town of Khao Lak in Thailand, the main jumping off point for diving liveaboards heading out to the Similan Islands. Visit Khao Lak now and you’d never know that much of the town was completely destroyed by the wave. A permanent underwater memorial was erected at Hideaway Bay dive site in the Similans, depicting 12 signs of the Chinese Zodiac. Here’s my 2005 article for Asian Diver magazine on being on one of the first dive boats to dive the Similan Islands again after the tsunami.

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Crab In The Coral Shadows, Bali


Crab In The Coral Shadows, Bali – image © Chris Mitchell

While Tulamben in north-east Bali is rightly famous for the beautiful Liberty shipwreck, it’s also a haven for macro life both amongst the coral reefs aloong the coast and the seemingly barren black sand slopes underwater. This crab was well-hidden beneath the folds of soft coral, waiting to ambush its next prey and staying hidden from predators. (Tulamben, 2007)

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We Are Ghostpipe Fish Family, Dauin, Philippines


We Are Ghostpipe Fish Family, Dauin, Philippines – image © Chris Mitchell

Finding one ornate ghostpipe fish is pretty special. Finding a family of three ghostpipe fish is awesome, particularly in this delicate display of spectral white. While Dumaguete is mainly famous for Apo Island as a dive destination, Dauin – the stretch of coastline along the mainland – is hugely rewarding as a nursery for many marine critters. (Dauin, 2010)

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