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Stingrays & sharks. Part 4 of my documentary, "Mucky Secrets", about the fascinating marine creatures of the Lembeh Strait in Indonesia.

In this video we look at the two most common stingrays in the Lembeh Strait. The bluespotted stingray (Neotrygon kuhlii) and bluespotted ribbontail ray (Taeniura lymma), also known as the blue-spotted stingray, are both occasionally found. They both like to camouflage themselves by burying themselves in the sand, but the latter species prefers to seek the shelter of outcrops, and has a more circular shape and vivid coloration. Stingrays breathe through their spiracle, a hole just behind the eye.

Pelagic sharks; sharks that must keep moving to breathe, are not at all common in the Lembeh Strait. But the benthic (bottom-dwelling) brownbanded bamboo shark (Chiloscyllium punctatum), sometimes known as a catshark, is sometimes seen. Juveniles bear strong banding, possibly mimicking the coloration of some dangerous snakes and eels. These sharks can pass water over their gills while remaining still on the seabed. In adulthood the coloration fades to a more uniform gray. The shark has two sensitive barbels above the mouth that help it find prey when it hunts at night.

There are English captions showing either the full narration or the common and scientific names of the marine life, along with the dive site names.

"Mucky Secrets" is being serialised weekly on YouTube. Please subscribe to my channel to receive notifications of new episodes as I release them. The series will feature a huge diversity of weird and wonderful marine animals including frogfish, nudibranchs, scorpionfish, crabs, shrimps, moray eels, seahorses, octopus, cuttlefish etc..

Thanks to the staff and keen-eyed divemasters of Two Fish Divers (http://www.twofishdivers.com), for accommodation, diving services and critter-spotting.

The video was shot by Nick Hope with a Sony HVR-Z1P HDV camera in a Light & Motion Bluefin HD housing with Light & Motion Elite lights and a flat port. A Century +3.5 diopter was used for the most of the macro footage.

I have more scuba diving videos and underwater footage on my website at:
http://www.bubblevision.com

I post updates about my videos here:
http://www.facebook.com/bubblevision
http://google.com/+bubblevision
http://www.twitter.com/nicholashope
http://bubblevision.tumblr.com

Full list of marine life and dive sites featured in this video:

00:04 Bluespotted Stingray, Neotrygon kuhlii, Hairball
00:12 Bluespotted Stingray, Neotrygon kuhlii, Makawide
00:33 Bluespotted Ribbontail Ray, Taeniura lymma, Critter Hunt
00:45 Bluespotted Ribbontail Ray, Taeniura lymma, Tanjung Kusukusu
01:08 Brownbanded Bamboo Shark (juvenile), Chiloscyllium punctatum, Aw Shucks
01:38 Brownbanded Bamboo Shark, Chiloscyllium punctatum, Aer Perang
01:52 Convict Snake Eel, Leiuranus versicolor, Jahir 02:20

Aw Shucks
Indonesia

This is in HD so please click on the '360p' at the bottom right of the video window and increase the quality before watching. Tank Cave has more than 8km of line in it and is on average 10m deep allowing very long dives with no deco to be done.
Filmed by Anna Kozlova, reproduced with permission. For higher quality video see her website at www.diverclub.ru/eng/ 09:59

Tank Cave
Australia

14:14

Sveta Marina Wall
Croatia

Crabs & Shrimps at Night. Part 27 of my DVD, "Reef Life of the Andaman", available at http://www.bubblevision.com/marine-life-DVD.htm

Night diving offers the opportunity to see many crustaceans that are typically hidden in the reef during daylight, but are highly active under the hours of darkness. This video features 13 species.

At Koh Doc Mai, near Phuket in Thailand, and in the Similan Islands, we see banded coral shrimps (Stenopus hispidus) plucking plankton from the water to eat. Rock cleaner shrimp (Urocaridella sp.) are busy cleaning a large snapper and a fimbriated moray eel (Gymnothorax fimbriatus).

Space is at a premium on the reef. In the Mergui Archipelago in Burma (Myanmar) we see a fimbriated moray sharing its home with a variable coral crab (Carpilius convexus).

Female crabs carry their eggs under their apron for a few months while the embryos develop. We witness the dramatic sight of a spendid round crab (Etisus splendidus) releasing her brood. As she pumps her lower body, thousands of tiny larvae are released and drift away in the current.

At Thailand's Boonsung wreck, a crucifix crab (Charybdis (Charybdis) feriata) tries to appear as large and intimidating as possible by spreading its claws, before escaping into the shelter of the wreck, while at Western Rocky Island we see a tiny bull crab (Naxioides taurus) crawling across a gorgonian sea fan.

The flat rock crab, Percnon planissimum, is a common sight in the Andaman Sea, as is the swimming crab, Charybdis sp., which we see defending its territory by fighting off a passing common decorator crab (Schizophrys aspera). This decorator crab has large claws and covers itself with other marine organisms such as stinging hydroids for camouflage and defence. The horrid elbow crab (Daldorfia horrida) becomes completely encrusted with growth, while the spider decorator crab (Camposcia retusa) covers itself with sponges which continue to grow while on the crab, and enable it to blend in with the reef. The sponge crab, Dromia dormia, carries a large spone with its rearmost legs. We see one fling itself off the edge of the reef in an attempt to escape our lights.

Hermit crabs live inside empty snail shells in order to protect their soft abdomen. We see white-spotted hermit crabs (Dardanus megistos) in a variety of different shells. Anemone hermit crabs (Dardanus pedunculatus) carry live sea anemones on its shell as an extra defence. At Honeymoon Bay we a pair of them, perhaps in a dispute over territory.

The full narration is available as English, German or Spanish subtitles by turning on the closed captions (CC). There are also closed captions available showing scientific and common names of the marine life in English, German or Dutch, along with dive site names.

I post updates about my videos, and interesting underwater videos from other filmmakers here:
http://www.facebook.com/bubblevision
http://www.twitter.com/nicholashope

Thanks to Mark Ellison for the music track, "The Cool Of The Forest".

Thanks to Santana Diving of Phuket (http://www.santanaphuket.com), to Elfi and Uli Erfort and Daniel Bruehwiler for help with the German translation, and to Frank Nelissen for the Dutch subtitles.

Full list of marine life and dive sites featured in this video:

00:00 Banded Coral Shrimp, Stenopus hispidus, Koh Doc Mai
00:30 Emperor Red Snapper, Lutjanus sebae, Koh Doc Mai
00:45 Fimbriated Moray, Gymnothorax fimbriatus, Koh Doc Mai
00:56 Fimbriated Moray, Gymnothorax fimbriatus, Shark Cave
01:00 Fimbriated Moray, Gymnothorax fimbriatus, Moving Wall
01:07 Fimbriated Moray, Gymnothorax fimbriatus, Pinnacle Arch
01:23 Variable Coral Crab, Carpilius convexus, Pinnacle Arch
01:31 Variable Coral Crab, Carpilius convexus, Western Rocky Island
01:39 Splendid Round Crab, Etisus splendidus, Koh Tachai
02:01 Crucifix Crab, Charybdis (Charybdis) feriata, Boonsung Wreck
02:18 Bull Crab, Naxioides taurus, Western Rocky Island
02:36 Flat Rock Crab, Percnon planissimum, Snapper Alley
02:43 Swiming Crab, Charybdis sp., Koh Doc Mai
02:51 Common Decorator Crab, Schizophrys aspera, Moving Wall
03:04 Common Decorator Crab, Schizophrys aspera, Shark Cave
03:24 Horrid Elbow Crab, Daldorfia horrida, Fan Forest Pinnacle
03:34 Horrid Elbow Crab, Daldorfia horrida, Shark Cave
03:44 Spider Decorator Crab, Camposcia retusa, Western Rocky Island
03:54 Spider Decorator Crab, Camposcia retusa, Koh Tachai
04:04 Spider Decorator Crab, Camposcia retusa, Cavern Island
04:13 Sponge Crab, Dromia dormia, Western Rocky Island
04:22 Sponge Crab, Dromia dormia, Shark Cave
04:38 White-spotted Hermit Crab, Dardanus megistos, Boonsung Wreck
04:45 White-spotted Hermit Crab, Dardanus megistos, Koh Tachai
05:01 White-spotted Hermit Crab, Dardanus megistos, Eagle Rock
05:07 White-spotted Hermit Crab, Dardanus megistos, Cavern Island
05:31 Anemone Hermit Crab, Dardanus pedunculatus, Honeymoon Bay 06:33

Koh Dok Mai
Thailand


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