Underwater Videography

Private Underwater Video Class at Wakatobi

Published April 24, 2014

You need two things to make a great underwater video: skills and the right location. When Steve Cohen booked his second trip to Wakatobi Dive Resort, he knew he had the right location, because the reefs around the resort are legendary for fish and coral life. In order to perfect the skills needed to capture the spectacular beauty of these reefs, he enrolled in the resorts Private Underwater Video program. “I learned more in 9 days than I have ever learned by myself in 50 years,” Steve said. His final result, something to be quite proud of: The program provided Steve with […]

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The Goby and its Partner Shrimp

Published April 24, 2014

Wakatobi’s numerous plateaus and overhangs with sandy bottoms present the ideal habitat for the blind shrimp and goby. Their fascinating relationship can be witnessed on numerous dive sites surrounding the resort. Photo by David Gray Literally hundreds of different species of goby (Gobiidae) live in symbiosis with shrimps, a relationship that benefits them both. The shrimp digs a burrow and continuously keeps it tidy, “cleaning house” all day long. The shrimp has a weak vision and uses the goby as an early warning system. The goby benefits from a safe haven and, with good vision, guards their shared home. The […]

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Silence on the Reefs

Published March 5, 2014

“Overall, it would be hard to imagine a more perfect environment. You don’t have to dive a rebreather to experience all the wonderful attractions of Wakatobi, but having these systems can add yet another layer to your enjoyment of this magnificent ecosystem.” Craig Willemsen, owner, Silent Word Diving Rebreather diving at Wakatobi dive resort Wakatobi’s house reef is ideal for rebreather diving. Divers have the option to enjoy extended CCR dives mere steps away from the beach fronting the resort’s villas and bungalows. photo by Walt Stearns When rebreather divers cite the many benefits their equipment provides, ease of travel […]

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Kings of Camouflage

Published January 12, 2014

It could be lurking close by, blending in perfectly with the coral reef or a sea grass bed. But unless it chooses to reveal itself, you could swim right by this alien-like creature without even knowing it was there. Sometimes referred to as “the chameleon of the sea,” cuttlefish have a remarkable ability to rapidly alter their skin color and patterning at will—sometimes seeming to disappear among their surroundings, then suddenly exploding in a pulsating display of moving light that can hypnotize prey or signal to others of their kind. With eight arms growing out of their heads, and three […]

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The Bizarre Burrow Builder

Published July 3, 2013

Wakatobi’s reefs are covered in a colorful carpet of corals, sponges and gorgonians that shelter a range of interesting creatures. To find one of the area’s most intriguing and bizarre animals of all, look beyond the growth to find a bare spot where coral rubble surrounds a small hole. The Mantis shrimp or Stomatopod is not just another wimpy shrimp. It’s an industrious builder that roams the reef in search of materials to build elaborate burrows. The mantis is also a formidable hunter, with lightning-fast claws that smash or spear prey, and could give a diver a pretty nasty finger cut if […]

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Through the Diver’s Eyes

Published June 6, 2013

A video described through the eyes of Wakatobi guests Gary and Robin Wright. It’s our second dive of the day and anticipation is mounting. When all is ready, we hit the water, creating a froth of whitewater as our fins make contact. The bubbles clear and our eyes grow wide as we reenter a dream world and leave the complexities of surface life far behind. Gliding weghtless over the reef once again, we attempt to take it all in. The vast panoramas seem to roll on and on; it’s like cresting what you think is the summit of a mountain, […]

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The Fish that Goes Fishing

Published June 6, 2013

When you think of a predator, what attributes come to mind? Streamlined speed, explosive agility, aggressive strength… and then there’s the frogfish. Slow, reclusive and lacking in both offensive and defensive weaponry—not to mention being far from streamlined—the frogfish wouldn’t seem to have the tools needed to become a lethal predator. Yet despite some seeming shortcomings in the attack department, these enigmatic little creatures have developed a unique strategy to capture prey: they hide in plain sight and go fishing. Truly, frogfish are one of nature’s most unusual creatures. Watch the video to see the frogfish catch a meal! (video […]

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