A Nudibranch. Check out the stalks for eyes and the 'flower' on it's ass.These pictures are featured courtesy of Ariel, the Little Mermaid aka Chloe Chin. She's hot, lives to dive and enjoys her duck comfit. I thought I'd share these pictures with you as I'm not a diver so I find these sea creatures out of this world! Now we know where Industrial Light and Magic and Stan Winston Studios get their inspirations!
These pictures were taken a week ago in the Lembeh Strait, North Sulawesi off the coast of Bitung . The sea itself is dirty with garbage, junk and gunk from fishing boats BUT this has created an ecosystem at the sea bed that supports life forms worthy of a Mos Eisley cantina! Although these are little buggers (some smaller than a grain of rice) some of them are poisonous.
A lone Nudibranch
Most Freaky MOFO
Who left their shaggy dog at the bottom of the ocean??? - A Hairy Frog Fish
Most Watdafuk Fish
Ornate Ghost Pipefish
Devil Stinger (front view)
Devil Stinger (side profile)
Pics from above the Sea
I hope she doesn't read this but I think Ariel's pictures are cool (she'll never let me hear the end of it). Not bad for a hot number cruncher.
As you can see, the sea may be shit but with moments like this it more than makes up from getting fish bones tangled up in your hair.
Getting to Lembeh:
Fly AirAsia from KL to Manado. Land transfer about an hour to Bitung where you take a boat to Lembeh Island. The resort Ariel stayed in was the NAD Lembeh Resort. Dive package available is about RM1,800 5 days 4nights inclusive full room and board and diving. Flight cost separate.
For more on North Sulawesi go HERE.
*All Pictures property of Chloe Chin