On a muck-dive we encountered a beautiful anemone. It was tiny around 2cm in diameter and I don’t know the name or was able to ID it. So if you know anemone and know what it is please leave a comment. Taken at 17m depth Andaman sea Ao Nang Krabi Thailand. Taken by #Underwaterphotographer #DanielSasse #yourshotphotographer #Scubadiving #Aonang #Krabi #photooftheday #Marinelifeprotection #Ouroceans #Underwaterphotography #natgeo #nature #uwpic #Savetheoceans #Marineconservation #Oceandefender #Saveourseas #underwaterlife #fish #ecowarrior #natgeowild

Mouth brooding male Cheilodipterus macrodon, the large-toothed cardinalfish. You can see the eggs in its mouth Mouthbrooding, also known as oral incubation and buccal incubation. Typically, after courtship, the male fertilises the eggs and then collects them in his mouth, holding onto them until they hatch. During this time he cannot feed. Taken by #Underwaterphotographer #DanielSasse #yourshotphotographer #Scubadiving #Aonang #Krabi #photooftheday #Marinelifeprotection #Ouroceans #Underwaterphotography #natgeo #nature #uwpic #Savetheoceans #Marineconservation #Oceandefender #Saveourseas #underwaterlife #fish #ecowarrior #natgeowild

A flying Thysanozoon nigropapillosum gold-speckled flatworm. They grow up to 76mm.The dorsal surface is deep black and covered with numerous yellow-tipped papillae varying in size. The ventral surface is dark brown. The outer margin of the body is slightly wavy and bordered in opaque white. They have small, ear-like pseudotentacles in the middle of the anterior end. They swim by propelling themselves through the water with a rhythmic undulating motion of the body. Taken by #Underwaterphotographer #DanielSasse #yourshotphotographer #Scubadiving #Aonang #Krabi #photooftheday #Marinelifeprotection #Ouroceans #Underwaterphotography #natgeo #nature #uwpic #Savetheoceans #Marineconservation #Oceandefender #Saveourseas #underwaterlife #fish #ecowarrior #natgeowild

Small and hard to photograph but I was lucky enough to get a portrait shot of a Chrysiptera parasema, also known as yellowtail damselfish. In the wild, male C. parasema have their own territories, located near a nesting site. Each territory contains eggs from previous females. The females will swim around inspecting each male and its territory before choosing one based on its size and the number of eggs in its territory. As a part of the evaluation, the female will display a light ring around her eyes, and the male will respond with its own displays. The next day, the female will spawn with the chosen male. An individual male can have up to 10,000 eggs from different females. Males often abandon their territories to claim territories with more eggs, as this makes them appear more favorable to the females. The eggs hatch after up to 4 days, depending on temperature, and the male is responsible for guarding and caring for the eggs. The subsequent larval stage can take 10 to 50 days. Taken by #Underwaterphotographer #DanielSasse #Scubadiving #Aonang #Krabi #photooftheday #Marinelifeprotection #Ouroceans #Underwaterphotography #Fortheoceans #nature #uwpic #Savetheoceans #Marineconservation #Oceandefender #Saveourseas #underwaterlife #fish #ecowarrior #wildlife #underwaterworld

This Hypselodoris pulchella #nudibranch was a bit Special it had a split tail as you can see on the picture. Not sure if this is a genetic mutation or if it was an attack from a predator. If you have any idea let me know what you think. Nevertheless the nudi seemed to be fine. Taken by #Underwaterphotographer #DanielSasse #Scubadiving #Aonang #Krabi #photooftheday #Marinelifeprotection #Ouroceans #Underwaterphotography #Fortheoceans #nature #uwpic #Savetheoceans #Marineconservation #Oceandefender #Saveourseas #underwaterlife #fish #ecowarrior #wildlife #underwaterworld

Today is international whaleshark day. Let us appreciate and protect this magnificent shark. 10 facts about whaleshark 10. With the exception of the Mediterranean Sea, whale sharks can be found in all temperate and tropical oceans around the world and migrate thousands of miles to different feeding grounds. 9. The whale shark has distinctive light-yellow/white markings (random stripes and dots) on its very thick, dark gray skin. 8. Despite their size, whales sharks are considered harmless and are often referred to as “gentle giants.” 7. It is thought that whale sharks may have a lifespan of 100 to 150 years. 6. The whale shark is a filter feeder and can neither bite nor chew. Although its mouth can stretch to four feet wide, its thousands of teeth are so tiny that it can only eat small shrimp, fish and plankton by using its modified gill rakers as a suction filter. 5. A whale shark can process more than 6,000 liters of water an hour through its gills. 4. A whale shark’s mouth is at the very front of its head—as opposed to the underside of the head like most sharks. 3. It is thought that less than 10 percent of whale sharks born survive to adulthood. Upon giving birth, the mother shark leaves her young to fend for themselves. 2. Whale sharks are slow swimmers, moving at speeds of no little more than 3 miles per hour. 1. The main threat to whale sharks is the growth of unregulated and unsustainable fisheries to supply international trade demands for shark fins, liver oil (used to waterproof wooden boats), skin and meat. Taken by #Underwaterphotographer #DanielSasse #Scubadiving #Aonang #Krabi #photooftheday #Marinelifeprotection #Ouroceans #Underwaterphotography #Fortheoceans #nature #uwpic #Savetheoceans #Marineconservation #Oceandefender #Saveourseas #underwaterlife #fish #ecowarrior #wildlife #underwaterworld

Zanzibar Whip Coral Shrimp (Dasycaris zanzibarica). This Shrimp ist less than 1.5cm in length and is mostly sitting on black whip corals but hard to find since it’s camouflaged like the coral. Taken by #Underwaterphotographer #DanielSasse #Scubadiving #Aonang #Krabi #Thailand #Marinelifeprotection #Ouroceans #Underwaterphoto #Fortheoceans #Natgeo #snorkeling #Savetheoceans #Marineconservation #Oceandefender #Saveourseas #underwaterlife #fish #ecowarrior #ilovediving #wildlife

Brilliant flatworm (Pseudobiceros fulgor). Did you know? Pseudobiceros are hermaphrodites. Flatworms engage in penis fencing. 😂 When the “winner” touches its penis to the “skin” of the other, insemination occurs, and the “loser” has to bear the burden of motherhood. Taken by #Underwaterphotographer #DanielSasse #Scubadiving #Aonang #Krabi #photooftheday #Marinelifeprotection #Ouroceans #Underwaterphotography #Fortheoceans #nature #uwpic #Savetheoceans #Marineconservation #Oceandefender #Saveourseas #underwaterlife #fish #ecowarrior #wildlife #underwaterworld

Juvenile pharaoh cuttlefish (Sepia pharaonis). This one was only 8cm in length. The pharaoh cuttlefish is a large cuttlefish species, growing to 42 cm in mantle length and 5 kg in weight. Taken by #Underwaterphotographer #DanielSasse #Scubadiving #Aonang #Krabi #photooftheday #Marinelifeprotection #Ouroceans #Underwaterphotography #Fortheoceans #nature #uwpic #Savetheoceans #Marineconservation #Oceandefender #Saveourseas #underwaterlife #fish #ecowarrior #wildlife #underwaterworld

She loved her own mirror in my port glass. Do you think she recognized herself? Hawksbill sea #turtle is a critically endangered sea turtle belonging to the family Cheloniidae. It is the only extant species in the genus Eretmochelys. (Eretmochelys imbricata) Conservation status: Critically Endangered (Population decreasing) Did you know: Young hawksbills have a heart-shaped carapace. Taken by #Underwaterphotographer #DanielSasse #Scuba #Diving #Scubadiving #Aonang #Krabi #Thailand #Underwaterphotography #Tauchen #phiphiislands #Marinelifeprotection #Ouroceans #Underwaterphoto #Fortheoceans #Natgeo #cmas #Savetheoceans #Marineconservation #Oceandefender #Saveourseas #uwpics #fishporn #fish #ecowarrior #ilovediving #happybubbles

Did you have to look twice before you saw it? Indian ocean Walkman (Inimicus didactylus) Closeup profile portrait. Due to the fact that this species lives a fairly sedentary life, mostly buried in sand it will often become riddled with parasites, algae and crustaceans due to the amount of time spent motionless waiting for prey. Fortunately for the indian oceanic walkman this isn’t much of a problem as it has the ability to shed its outer layer, effectively getting rid of any unwanted passengers. When disturbed by a potential predator, the indian ocean walkman fans out its brilliantly colored pectoral and caudal fins as a warning. Once dug in, it is very reluctant to leave its hiding place. When it does move, it displays an unusual way of moving, it crawls slowly along the seabed, employing the four lower rays (two on each side) of its pectoral fins as legs. Taken by #Underwaterphotographer #DanielSasse #Scubadiving #Aonang #Krabi #photooftheday #Marinelifeprotection #Ouroceans #Underwaterphotography #Fortheoceans #nature #uwpic #Savetheoceans #Marineconservation #Oceandefender #Saveourseas #underwaterlife #fish #ecowarrior #wildlife #underwaterworld

Today is the last day of #sharkweek which means it is the last day of me featuring my #shark pictures. Brownbanded bamboo shark, (Chiloscyllium punctatum) the most amazing fact about this shark is it can survive out of the water for up to 12 hrs. Concave posterior margined dorsal fin. No color patterns for the adults but the juveniles have dark transverse bands with some dark spots. These sharks are nocturnal animals and Classified as Near Threatened (NT) on the IUCN Red List. Its minimum population doubling is 4.5–14 years range. The major threats to these sharks are the loss of their habitat, pollution, and hunting (both for aquarium trade as well as food). Reproduction is oviparous. Taken by #Underwaterphotographer #DanielSasse #Scubadiving #Aonang #Krabi #photooftheday #Marinelifeprotection #Ouroceans #Underwaterphotography #Fortheoceans #nature #uwpic #Savetheoceans #Marineconservation #Oceandefender #Saveourseas #underwaterlife #fish #ecowarrior #wildlife #underwaterworld Poseidon Dive Center Ao Nang

Because it’s #sharkweek I’ll feature my #shark pictures. Zebra Shark (Stegostoma fasciatum). I love sharks they are so beautiful! Taken by #Underwaterphotographer #DanielSasse #Scuba #Diving #Scubadiving #Aonang #Krabi #Thailand #Underwaterphotography #Tauchen #phiphiislands #Marinelifeprotection #Ouroceans #Underwaterphoto #Fortheoceans #Natgeo #cmas #Savetheoceans #Marineconservation #Oceandefender #Saveourseas #uwpics #fishporn #fish #ecowarrior #ilovediving #happybubbles #shark

Because it’s #sharkweek I feature my #shark pictures. Sharks need protection! This is a picture of my first whale shark I’ve ever seen. Whale sharks are the biggest fish in the world and grow to a Max of 12m and 9 metric tonnes. Whale sharks have a mouth that can be 1.5 m (4.9 ft) wide, containing 300 to 350 rows of tiny teeth and 20 filter pads which it uses to filter feed plankton and small fish. They reach sexual maturity at around 30 years and their lifespan is an estimated 70. Taken by #Underwaterphotographer #DanielSasse #Scubadiving #Aonang #Krabi #photooftheday #Marinelifeprotection #Ouroceans #Underwaterphotography #Fortheoceans #nature #uwpic #Savetheoceans #Marineconservation #Oceandefender #Saveourseas #underwaterlife #fish #ecowarrior #wildlife #underwaterworld

Even on a close-up shot of a flounder it is pretty much invisible isn’t it? Did you know? Flounders are born with one eye on either side of their head, like any normal fish. However, during the course of early development, one eye migrates over the top of the head to the other side, twisting the skull in the process. As this happens, the fish changes from an upright-swimming planktonic larva to a juvenile that lies on one side when it settles to the bottom. The upper side of the fish retains normal coloration, while the lower side becomes white. Taken by #Underwaterphotographer #DanielSasse #Scubadiving #Aonang #Krabi #photooftheday #Marinelifeprotection #Ouroceans #Underwaterphotography #Fortheoceans #nature #uwpic #Savetheoceans #Marineconservation #Oceandefender #Saveourseas #underwaterlife #fish #ecowarrior #wildlife #underwaterworld

Removing an illegal Fishing Cage inside the Marine National Park

On a scuba dive at the Marine national Park Phi Phi Islands on  20th August 2015 we have found an illegal set Fishing Cage. A Lot of fish have been trapped inside and it was attached with a big rope to a Coral, either by scuba or surface supply divers! Fish cages are not allowed 3 nautical miles around the MN-Park Borders! Thanks a lot to Stefan Heinsen for the great Camera work and Anett for helping out! Also a big thank you goes to project abroad research divers!

Liveaboard Trip 2Days / 1 Night

Poseidon Dive Center Liveaboard 5th-6th April 2Days/1Night

Liveaboard
Livaboard 2D/1N 5th-6th April

We’re planing a Liveaboard Trip on the 5th-6th April 2Days/1Night to Hin Daeng, Hin Muang and Koh Ha Yai with 6 dives in total. We have 8 Cabins with double and bunk beds. Come with us and hopefully see some Manta Rays and possibly a Whaleshark. If you are interested please give us a call at +66(0)75637263. Price all inclusive is 9900,- THB.

 

We are loosing Nemo

Nemo
Nemo

Because we humans burn fossils so fast the CO2 level in the Oceans rise Anemones become acid and Nemo has problems to locate predators.
According to numerous studies, if ocean acidification continues at the current rate, clownfish could experience significant sensory impairment. Since clownfish rely on their auditory and olfactory capabilities to evade predators and locate appropriate habitats, there is much indication that ocean acidification will negatively affect their population numbers. Signs appearing here! 6 years ago we had many more anemones and Nemos here!
PLEASE reduce your carbon footprint!

http://climatechangeandclownfish.blogspot.com/p/ocean-acidification-effects-clownfish.html

Underwater Clean up days at Phi Phi Islands Poseidon Dive Center

A Video from our very successful 2 Clean up days at Phi Phi Islands! Project Abroad and Poseidon Dive Center joined forces and cleaned up almost 3000 kg of Rubbish. But it should not happen in the first place that so much rubbish lands in our precious Oceans! Please put your rubbish in a Bin not on the Street or the Ocean! Thanks to all the other Groups and Dive Centers who have joined!

Yellow Lipped Sea Krait

A Yellow lipped Seasnake is going up to the surface to get a couple of Breath and then comes back down because they don’t have gills! Yellow-lipped sea krait can go as deep as 100 meters underwater and stay there for up to one hour. Every 10–14 days yellow-lipped sea kraits come on land to digest their food, drink fresh water, to shed their skin or mate and lay their eggs. They lay around 5-13 eggs at a time.

Abondand Fish Cage illegally set way inside the Marine National Park Phi Phi Islands


Today we rescued about 60 starving Fish from dying in an abandoned Fish cage which was illegally set way inside the Marine National Park laying on Corals which were damaged as well! Fortunately we found it by chance cut it open and released the Fish!
It was so amazing when they were released it gave me big jiggle and it seemed like they said Thank you before they left!
A small Movie of it will follow soon!
When do People finally understand that a Reef is Millions of $$$ more worth alive then dead???

Green Turtle Rescue

The Project Abroad & Poseidon Dive Center rescued a young Green Turtle from drowning in an abandoned and drifting Net at Phi Phi Islands. Poor fishing practices are mostly the reason.






PDC1 is back in the water

Our Boat PDC1 is back in the water

Finally! We put her completely refurbished with fireworks back in the water. Tomorrow, last checks and on Monday we plan our first Trip to Phi Phi with 2 dives!




Best of Underwater Photography by Daniel Sasse

Best of Underwater Photography by Daniel Sasse

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