Everyone is familiar with the fact that plants have the power to turn the sunrays into the energy while animals need to munch on food instead. But did you know that there are certain marine animals running on solar energy before it was cool? Last time we already talked about the nudibranch Shaun the sheep, but there are also other interesting nudis worth mentioning.
Did you know that in tropical waters around Bali you can find an underwater beauty which got their nickname after a popular child character the “Shaun The Sheep”?
This adorable nickname originates from their appearance characterized by black rounded eyes, sheep-like face and cute feelers. So-called "Leaf Sheep", also known under the scientific name Costasiella kuroshimae, is species of sacoglossan sea slug - nudibranch. This ocean inhabitant is rather small, growing only up to 5mm. You can find it munching on algae, leaves or seagrass on shallow parts of the reef.
While diving in Padangbai, Bali is said to bring the most exciting and satisfying experience to divers, the charms and exciting surprises of the Bali marine world is second to none in the whole indo-pacific region.
Are you a lover of the marine world? Are you considering going macro diving on your next vacation? If so, then diving in Bali should be an experience you shouldn’t miss. Today, we will be focusing on an incredibly charming member of the marine world that can be mostly found on either massive sea stars or sea cucumbers and on few occasions, can be also found on slugs all around the Padangbai and Bali aquatic region, THE EMPEROR SHIRMP.
There are many amazing dive sites around Bali. However, if you want to dive or snorkel alongside magical manta rays, there is only one place you need to go: Manta point at Nusa Penida attracts these friendly giants all year round. Before you embark on this exciting scuba diving trip, we invite you to get to know the manta a little better. Here are some of the many interesting facts about manta rays:
1. Mammal or fish?
Many mistakenly consider mantas to be mammals. In reality, they are fish, belonging to the same class (Elasmobranchii) as sharks, and other species of ray.
Threat of Ghost Fishing Nets and How Can We Help
Ghost fishing has received much attention in the past couple of years, especially due to the way it threatens marine animals. People have been leaving discarded fishing gear in water bodies for a long period of time. Both marine animals as well as birds can get trapped in these fishing lines. They also tend to swallow all the fishing related debris, which can lead towards injuries and distress in the long run. Some of them might have to experience painful deaths after suffering for several hours.
How to scuba dive safely
There is one simple rule every diver should know and respect - limit the interactions with the marine life ideally to zero contact. Underwater animals and plants have been there for millions of years, while humans have found home on land. As cute as many of them might look, there are several good reasons why we should not touch or harass marine life. Direct interaction might be allowed (or even necessary) only in case of an official scientific research such as tagging certain fish or during rescue activities.
A Date With The Gentle Giants
Let me tell you one thing straight away – nothing can prepare you for this experience. It doesn’t matter whether you have 10 dives or a hundred, meeting these graceful creatures face to face will leave you breathless (metaphorically speaking). Manta Rays are one of the main reasons why many people come diving to Bali. However you don’t have to be a scuba diver to enjoy a magical encounter with these friendly giants.
OK Divers presents the underwater world of Padangbai
Anemonefish, or more commonly referred to as clown fish, are native to the warmer waters of the Pacific and Indian Oceans. You can spot them quite easily when diving in Padangbai too. Thanks to the cute animated movie Finding Nemo, this little fish has become very popular and sought after even by scuba divers.