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Scuba Dive in Anilao - Underwater Macro Photography, Anilao Muck dive

SQUAT LOBSTER

Squat lobsters are decapod crustaceans of the families Galatheidae, Chirostylidae, Munididae, Munidopsidae and Kiwaidae, including the common genera Galathea and Munida. They are not lobsters, but are more closely related to porcelain crabs, hermit crabs and then, more distantly, true crabs. They are distributed worldwide in the oceans, and occur from near the surface to deep sea hydrothermal vents. There are currently 870 described species

Squat lobsters are much smaller than commercially harvested true lobsters. For example, Munida rugosa has a maximum body length of 10 centimetres (4 in) with abdomen extended, and the striated squat lobster Galathea australiensis has a carapace that reaches 15 cm (6 in) in length.

The body of a squat lobster is usually flattened, the abdomen is typically folded under itself, and the first pereiopods (front legs) are greatly elongated and armed with long chelae (claws). The fifth pair of pereiopods is usually hidden within the gill chamber, under the carapace, giving squat lobsters the appearance of having only eight pereiopods.

Oscellated octopus "MOTOTI"


Rudman's phyllodesmium

Jakobsen's phyllodesmium


Emperor shrimp


Coleman shrimp


Skeleton shrimp

Bobtail squid


Ghostpipe fish

Seahorses


Saw-blade shrimp

Flamboyant cuttlefish


Pygmy seahorse


Marble shrimp


Squat lobster


Nudibranchs


Nudibranchs 2


Electric scallop


       

Most Popular Dive sites


MAINIT POINT (ANILAO SECRET BAY)

Mainit, Tagalog for "hot", is a world-famous dive site near Anilao that is literally hot along the shore, with warm springs found just offshore. Underwater macro photographers love to explore Mainit for the wide variety of undersea life that flourishes there. This is definitely one of the prime places for MUCK DIVING!.

Other quality muck dive sites are Anilao Pier, Basura and Balanoi Secret Garden.

ANILAO TWIN ROCKS

'Twin Rocks' is one of the best, and most popular, recreational diving sites in Anilao. It is a marine sanctuary where wildlife flourishes. So-called because of two parallel sets of rock formation at a depth of 5-18m/15-60 feet), Twin Rocks is one of the busiest dive sites in Anilao. It is most often requested by both beginning and experienced open water divers who love shallow dives and healthy, vibrant reefs. A wide variety of Giant Clams, Surgeonfish, Batfish and schools of Jack are commonplace.

SOMBRERO ISLAND, BEATRIZE ROCK, SEPOC WALL AND KIRBYS ROCK

These dive sites are all located roughly 15 minutes by boat from the Anilao resorts. They are popular reefs and hideouts for underwater photographers. Each of these dive sites are very healthy and contain lots of soft and hard corals found on gentle, broad slopes that give way to sudden, steep drop-offs. Excellent for wide-angle underwater photography.