Tag: All Frequently Visited Locations

Items of interest likely to be found at all (or most) of the popular dive/snorkelling sites in this area.

Items of interest likely to be found at all (or most) of the popular dive/snorkelling sites in this area.

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Lined Butterflyfish (Chaetodon Lineolatus) at Sail Rock

A Lined Butterflyfish (Chaetodon lineolatus) above the East Pinnacle at

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Magnificent Anemone (Heteractis Magnifica) with Pink Anemonefish (Amphiprion Perideraion)

A Pink Anemonefish (Amphiprion Perideraion) settles into its host Magnificent Anemone (Heteractis Magnifica) as the early evening sunlight begins to fade over Mae Haad/Koh Ma reef.

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White-Eyed Moray Eel (Siderea Thyrsoidea)

The White-Eyed Moray Eel (Siderea Thyrsoidea) is reasonably common at all local dive sites, particularly Sail Rock where this individual was photographed.

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Leopard Coral Grouper (Plectropomus Leopardus)

Although this photo was shot in poor visibility (hence the snow-like particles), taken at Angthong Marine park, i've included it as it gives a very good example of the brown/redish colour variation.

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Leopard Coral Grouper (Plectropomus Leopardus)

This large Leopard Coral Grouper (Plectropomus Leopardus), photographed at Sail Rock shows the colour-changing ability shared by many fish species.

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Ox-Eye Scad (Selar Boops)

The resident shoal of Ox-Eye Scad (Selar Boops) at Mae Haad/Koh Ma reef, at the north of Koh Phangan.

This large shoal can be found on most dives at the north end of the reef and along the south side of Koh Ma island.
The seem to prefer this location and rarely stray far from here.

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Elephant's Ear Anemone (Amplexidiscus Fenestrafer)

This photograph, taken at Sail Rock, shows the underside of an Elephant's Ear Anemone (Amplexidiscus Fenestrafer) and its method of attaching itself to a suitable surface by means of a powerful pedal disk or "foot" as it is more commonly known.

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Elephant's Ear Anemone (Amplexidiscus Fenestrafer)

This photo shows the characteristic parallel ridges which form a margin around the flat, tentacle-covered disc of the Elephant's Ear Anemone (Amplexidiscus Fenestrafer).

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Elephant's Ear Anemone (Amplexidiscus Fenestrafer)

This photo shows an Elephant's Ear Anemone (Amplexidiscus Fenestrafer) forming a characteristic ball.

This would suggest that the anemone has caught a prey item (most likely a small fish) within its stinging tentacles and is in the process of maneuvering it towards the central mouth.

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Black-Tip Grouper (Epinephelus fasciatus)

A rather startled looking Black-Tip Grouper (Epinephelus fasciatus) again showing how relatively easy it is to approach this species for some really close-up photographs.