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An English filmmaker based in Bangkok. Mostly underwater.
Scuba diving trips to the Similan Islands, Gulf of Thailand, Burma, North Sulawesi, Bali and Malaysia.
Boonsung wreck off Khao Lak, then Anilao in the Philippines.
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I’m delighted to announce that my 3rd DVD, Mucky Secrets -...
Published 1:57 am, 1 Apr 2015
I’m delighted to announce that my 3rd DVD, Mucky Secrets - The Marine Creatures of the Lembeh Strait, is finally available at http://www.bubblevision.com/underwater-videos/Lembeh/Mucky-Secrets.htm
I worked really hard to make this as good as it could be, and I’m very happy with the result. There are interactive menus and subtitle tracks of either my narration, or the names of the species and dive sites.
Besides the prologue video and the main feature, I also found space to include my older 19-minute Lembeh video as a bonus feature.
This version nearly didn’t happen, but I got a few requests, and there’s a small ongoing market for DVDs, so I pulled my finger out and got it made.
Really pleased with the result, and I now feel like I have a little collection, rather than just a couple of DVDs.
A pair of saddleback clownfish (Amphiprion polymnus), also known...
Published 12:27 pm, 7 Mar 2015
A pair of saddleback clownfish (Amphiprion polymnus), also known as saddleback anemonefish, tend to their eggs at the dive site Bethlehem, between Caban Island and Marcaban Island near Anilao, Batangas, the Philippines.
Clownfish eggs are laid in a roughly circular patch stuck securely to the reef next to or slightly under the host sea anemone. The female lays the eggs and the male fertilizes them afterwards.
The parents continuously aerate the eggs with their mouths and fins to keep them oxygenated and clean as they grow. Any unhealthy eggs are picked off by the parents. The smaller male clownfish tends to do more of the work while the larger female parent defends the nest and her mate.
The eggs hatch in 7 to 10 days. As they develop the eyes become relatively large compared to the body. These eggs are quite mature and the larval clownfish babies probably hatch from the nest that night.
In the film Finding Nemo, the characters were intended to be a slightly different species: ocellaris clownfish, Amphiprion ocellaris, otherwise known as clown anemonefish.
The sea anemone in this footage is a Haddon’s carpet anemone, Stichodactyla haddoni.
I shot this with a Panasonic GH4 in a Nauticam NA-GH4 housing. I used an Olympus M.Zuiko ED 12-50mm f3.5-6.3 EZ lens.
The fire urchin, Asthenosoma varium, is a dangerous sea urchin....
Published 8:32 am, 3 Mar 2015
The fire urchin, Asthenosoma varium, is a dangerous sea urchin. It is characterized by a fiery coloration and by globular swellings beneath the tips of it’s thousands of venomous spines. It can infict a very painful sting.
Various crustaceans form commensal relationships with the fire urchin to protect themselves from predators. Coleman shrimps, Periclimenes colemani, usual live in pairs on top of the fire urchin. The female is larger than the male. Zebra crabs, Zebrida adamsii, and urchin shrimps, Allopontonia brockii, are often found near the bottom of fire urchin. They feed on organic matter on the substrate as the sea urchin moves. This type of symbiotic relationship benefits the shrimps and crabs but not the host urchin.
Shot in Anilao, The Philippines, with my Panasonic GH4.
Just keep swimming!On a dive at Balanoy, otherwise known as...
Published 8:24 am, 9 Feb 2015
Just keep swimming!
On a dive at Balanoy, otherwise known as “Secret Garden”, in Anilao, The Philippines, dive guide Obet spotted a school of young saddleback clownfish, Amphiprion polymnus, in the shallows, fighting against the current.
This is the first video I have published that was shot with my new Panasonic GH4 camera in Nauticam housing. I was using the Olympus 12-50mm f/3.5-6.3 ED M.Zuiko EZ lens which has a macro mode for the close-up shots.
Following on from the series, here is my “Mucky...
Published 8:27 am, 1 Sep 2014
Following on from the series, here is my “Mucky Secrets” documentary in full. It’s a nature documentary about the marine life of the Lembeh Strait at the heart of the Coral Triangle off north Sulawesi in Indonesia. The Lembeh Strait is a popular scuba diving destination, famed for its excellent “muck diving”. A huge diversity of weird and wonderful marine creatures can be found on the mucky seabed, including everything from tropical fish to benthic sharks to nudibranchs. Critters compete for survival with an armoury including camouflage, mimicry, toxicity, and dazzling coloration.
“Mucky Secrets” is an excellent resource for scuba divers, aquarists, marine biology students and anybody interested in the underwater world. The documentary features underwater macro footage from many of Lembeh’s famous dive sites including Critter Hunt, Police Pier, Tanjung Kusu-Kusu, Nudi Falls, Aer Perang, Jahir, Makawide, Nudi Retreat, Retak Larry, TK (Teluk Kembahu), Hairball and Aw Shucks.
Marine life featured in the film:
0:05:57 Tunicates - sea squirts - ascidians
0:06:37 Symbiosis - sea anemones - anemonefish (clownfish)
0:07:29 Commensal shrimps (partner shrimps)
0:09:12 Emperor shrimp
0:11:07 Mantis shrimps
0:12:34 Squat lobsters
0:13:27 Hermit crabs
0:14:26 True crabs
0:15:55 Sea Urchins
0:17:11 Blue spotted stingrays
0:18:15 Brownbanded bamboo shark
0:18:59 Snake eels
0:20:27 Moray eels
0:21:34 Ribbon eels
0:27:06 Pygmy seahorse
0:30:38 Ghost pipefishes
0:33:22 Shrimpfishes - razorfishes
0:33:58 Seamoths - short dragonfish
0:35:03 Oriental flying gurnard
0:37:46 Sea pen
0:46:39 Juvenile fishes
0:47:12 Spotted parrotfish
0:49:05 Yellowblotch razorfish
0:50:24 Boxfishes - cowfishes
0:50:57 Puffers (pufferfish)
0:52:21 Sharpnose puffers (tobies)
0:53:45 Panther grouper
0:54:10 Whitemargin stargazer
0:54:54 Leopard flounder
0:57:27 Ambon Scorpionfish
1:02:29 Demon stinger (spiny devilfish, bearded ghoul)
1:11:34 Flame scallop
1:12:03 Sea snails
1:14:37 Sea slugs - nudibranchs
1:21:49 Sea slugs feeding
1:23:57 Nudibranchs mating
1:26:11 Sap-sucking slug
1:26:59 Headshield slugs
1:27:49 Sea hares
1:30:21 Polyclad flatworm
1:31:18 End credits