|Colors of the deep, who knew?|
Scuba Diving Gato Island, Philippines
Since the discovery of a thresher shark dive near Malapascua Island, adventurous divers have been flocking to the golden sand shores of this little tropical island north of Cebu, Philippines. Everyone wants to see big animals like the threshers. Those in the know come here for two reasons; thresher sharks and tiny macro critter hunting. The place to go for the latter is a nearby rock, jutting straight up out of the clear blue water, covered in dense jungle. Terns squawk as they fly in and out of caves and overhangs, but the real wildlife lives just underwater. Gato is famous for sea snakes but also houses treasures like sea horses, nudibranchs, frogfish, and even little white tip reef sharks.
Colors and patterns of all kinds shock the senses as you dive around the island. The shallows are best for nudibranchs and frogfish, while the sea horses like it a bit deeper.
|Wild patterns of a pufferfish|
|Rare painted frogfish|
|This eel was coiled back, ready to spring|
|Family of Coleman Shrimp|
|Sometimes macro critter hunting can be a tough game of where's waldo|
|Electric orange and green nudibranch|
|Gato Island Sea Snake!|
|Close-up of the neon orange rhinophores|
|This seahorse was hunting upside down!|
|Eel Nudibranch, named after the way it undulates like an eel as it swims|
|One of my favorite frogfish to date|
|Almost out of air, I had just enough to snag a photo of this bright orange frogfish|