Cephalopods

Macrotritopus Sp. – Planktonic paralarvae

I’ve been very lucky, as a macro videographer, to have lived and worked in Lembeh and Ambon over the last six years or so. It has given me the opportunity to film some of the rarest and most unusual critters in the underwater world. My critter checklist has been getting smaller over the years, but …

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Flamboyant Cuttlefish – Amazing Feeding
Metasepia pfefferi

  Flamboyant Cuttlefish are one of the stars on the underwater world. Beautiful creatures to watch, as they display wonderful shifting colours. They are also relatively unconcerned by divers, allowing close interactions. This video shows an amazing capture of the cuttlefish extending its two feeding arms independently, rather than pushing them out together to feed. …

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Coconut Octopus giving birth
Amphioctopus marginatus

  This week we went to a dive site I had never been to before, in the south of Lembeh, on the mainland. It was very mucky but, as seems to be the case when going somewhere for the first time, very productive. Two Mimics, Ghost Pipefish, Pipehorses and then Ade (my wonderful trusty Dive …

Coconut Octopus giving birth
Amphioctopus marginatus
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Flamboyant Cuttlefish in Slow Motion
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  Flamboyant Cuttlefish are one of the most wonderful creatures we get in Lembeh. They are small (of course) but have the ability to flash bright colours when excited. They are also amazing to watch feed, as they crawl around, searching for small prey. When you watch them it looks like they extend a tube …

Flamboyant Cuttlefish in Slow Motion
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Mimic Octopus – includes a fight
Thaumoctopus mimicus

  Mimic Octopus are one of the most iconic critters we have in Lembeh. They are on most of our guests ‘wish list’, not surprisingly, as they are an amazing creature. Mimic Octopus are not called ‘mimics’ because they mimic an octopus, but because we believe they mimic other creatures. They have been seen to …

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Thaumoctopus mimicus
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Blue Ring Octopus hunting
Hapalochlaena sp.

  I managed to film a very interesting sequence of some Blue Ring action that I hadn’t seen before. As I was filming this one it started to hunt. After finding a small squat lobster it would stretch it’s tentacles straight out, rigidly in front of it’s head and then started blowing the sand directly …

Blue Ring Octopus hunting
Hapalochlaena sp.
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Flamboyant Cuttlefish Birth
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I was very lucky this week to not only witness a Flamboyant Cuttlefish laying her eggs, but I also saw a Flamboyant Cuttlefish being born. Flamboyant’s lay their eggs under coconut shells, where they slowly mature until they leave their egg sacks. Another amazing sight to see. It took me a long time to finally …

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