Saturday, 15 February 2020

Amazing macro diving off Kota Kinabalu

Macro Mania! 

Here in Kota Kinabalu we have a wide range of dive sites & among them you can also find lots of macro.  The term macro means large in scale & is a term used in relation to small creatures because photographers use macro lenses to allow them to take big close up images of the minuscule animals. Marco is now used widly in the diving community for dives that do not focus on the big stuff.

Experienced photographers come seeking smaller inhabitants of the reefs around Kota Kinabalu.

The underwater world really got into the festive spirit this year, providing us with a wealth of gifts in small and colourful packages. Our staff and guests have spotted some incredible critters in the past month.

Anna's chromodoris nudibranch 
A patient search & the help of our eagle eyed  dive guides and you will find some amazing reef dwellers! Among them could be Nudibranchs, shrimps, crabs, pipefish, frogfish, stonefish & so much more!

Slow moving marine life has a huge attraction for photographers, allowing for plenty of time to perfect that shot! 

 Nudibranchs hold a special appeal due to the large number of different species, colours, patterns and their inability to go anywhere in a hurry! 

Magnificent Anemone Shrimp

Waiting for the perfect shot of these cute anemone shrimp while they are cleaning away!
Spotted Porcelain crab

Scorpion Fish

You will often find scorpion fish hiding away in tube coral, or just camouflaged against a rocky wall!

Lovely headsheild slug

Bubble coral shrimp

Orangutan crab

One of my favourites & apt for Borneo, these tiny cute Orangutan crabs are often found on bubble coral, there carapace is so small & has extra long arms compared to its body. It has red/orange fluffy hair, the crab just chills around waiting for plankton to get stuck in its luscious locks & then uses its claws to groom & pick it out for a snack for the day. 

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