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Andrew Wu 🐻 πŸ‡ΈπŸ‡¬  Dive. Travel. Photography. Join me in my travels around South-east Asia! Next: πŸ‡²πŸ‡Ύ Pulau Tioman 18Aug to 20Aug βœ‰οΈ: namelessbear@yahoo.com.sg

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This Blue-ringed octopus may be small in size, but watch out! They are one of the most venomous marine animals out there, more than capable of killing an adult human.
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While deadly, they are also incredibly beautiful to watch when agitated as the rings covering their body flash a bright blue.
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Go ahead and admire, but don't get too close! πŸ‘ŠπŸΌπŸ»

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Another awesome weekend in Tioman!
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A big congratulations to these newly-certified PADI Open Water divers! It was a fun weekend, and I'm glad to share your first dives with you as your Divemaster.
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Hats off to our instructor, @min_meanie, for an excellent job getting these students' feet wet, and also for the pictures!
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I'm starting to really enjoy this Divemaster thing.. Tioman, I'll be back for yet another awesome weekend in a few days! πŸ‘ŠπŸΌπŸ»

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No, what you're looking at aren't soft coral, but a pair of nudibranch (Tritonia sp 1).
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Evolved to look very similar to the soft coral they feed on, these sea slugs are excellent at mimicry.. So good that I had to stare long and hard at where my guide was pointing before I realised what I was looking at! πŸ‘ŠπŸΌπŸ»

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Fire urchins make an awesome backdrop for subjects like this Coleman shrimp (Periclimenes colemani)!
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Careful when you're getting close for a shot, though.. These urchins' sting hurt.. And, contrary to popular belief, peeing on the wound doesn't help much.
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Reminds you of 'the ground is lava', no? πŸ‘ŠπŸΌπŸ»

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Yay, promo!
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Simply Scuba has an awesome deal for 4 divers going to Tioman for any combination of Open Water, Advanced Open Water, Rescue, or leisure from now till October 2017!
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Come dive with me! πŸ‘ŠπŸΌπŸ»

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Another shot of a Nembrotha chamberlaini feeding!
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The blue tube in the lower middle of this picture is the sea slug's mouth extending into a sea squirt, sucking out those yummy inner organs.. Yum! πŸ‘ŠπŸΌπŸ»

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On our way to Tioman.. Good morning, everyone! πŸ‘ŠπŸΌπŸ»

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'Best eyebrows in the business'
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Charming lil fella, isn't he?
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Apart from charming your socks off, their eyebrows enhance their already awesome, shaggy camouflage. They even change colours over time to match their environment! .
Don't you wish you had eyebrows like this guy? πŸ‘ŠπŸΌπŸ»

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Frogfish, particularly those of the hirsute variety, usually get a lot of love from divers.
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Like this hairy frogfish (Antennarius striatus) pictured, most of them have a lure attached to their forehead which they use to bait prey closer.
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When prey get close enough, these normally slow-moving creatures attack, and fast! Opening their mouths wide and sucking in water, prey are pulled in faster than the blink of an eye!
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Pretty badass, no? πŸ‘ŠπŸΌπŸ»

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Look closely.. What appears to be soft coral is in fact a nudibranch that mimics soft coral, the Phyllodesmium crypticum!
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This excellent camouflage allows the sea slug to feed on Xenia soft coral in safety, storing the zooxanthellae they eat in their cerata. When the zooxanthellae photosynthesise, the nudibranch is nourished, effectively making them solar-powered!
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How cool is that?! πŸ‘ŠπŸΌπŸ»

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Peekaboo!
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This yellow combtooth Blenny peeks out from it's home in a bottle to say hello!
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Many Blennies can't swim very well and spend most of their time on or near the bottom.
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Some are even able to spend short periods of time on land, using their fins to 'walk' about! πŸ‘ŠπŸΌπŸ»

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