During the SE wind season when visibility goes down we get to look closer at all the small stuff.........yes, its oh so cool to see big sharks and rays etc but sometimes the small stuff is so colourful, delicate and amazing .. just take a look at what we have on our reefs:.
The leaf fish is very difficult to find but seems to be territorial so once the Divemasters have found one they can usually find it again. We get several different colours and have seen the purple ,( as shown ) white ( which is most common) , black, yellow and pink Only a few cms long you really have to look closely .
The ghost pipe fish is usually mistaken for floating sea grass so it pays to move slowley and to look very closely at subjects that appear not to be fish...............you never know they actually may be a fish!! This delicate subject was found floating across a coral head. At only 4 cms long it could easily be missed
Lastly was found a coral head with 2
different kinds of lionfish . The black and white juvenile common Indian lionfish is the most common of the species found in the Indian Ocean . Next to it is the orange coloured Zebra dwarf lionfish . Always be careful of the toxic spines found along the length of the spine.A sting from these is a big mistake so keep your hands to yourself and dont touch .
So next time the SE winds are blowing and visability goes down dont every think that there is nothing to see........ its all there .You just have to look!