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This is a prologue to my forthcoming documentary "Mucky Secrets", about the weird and wonderful marine life of the Lembeh Strait between North Sulawesi and Lembeh Island in Indonesia, one of my favorite scuba diving destinations.

At the heart of the Coral Triangle, the Lembeh Strait is known for it's fascinating muck diving and the huge diversity of marine life. An astonishing array of weird and wonderful creatures can be encountered on every dive. Many of the animals have strong personalities, which I have tried to convey in this video. Mating mandarinfish take a starring role, as do mantis shrimps, sea slugs, snake eels, boxfish, scorpionfish, frogfish and other tropical fish and invertebrates.

In the forthcoming full 90-minute documentary I will reveal the secrets behind the Lembeh Strait's critters, exploring the marine biology of dozens of species. Please subscribe to be notified when it is released.

Thanks to Two Fish Divers ( who I stayed and dived with on Lembeh Island.

The Music, "Journey", by Doxent Zsigmond, is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license

Please "like", favorite, share, or leave a comment here or on my channel at My Facebook page is at and I have more scuba diving videos and underwater footage on my website at

View the names of all the dive sites and names of all the tropical fish and other marine life by turning on closed captions with the CC button. Here is the full shot list of species and dive sites.

0:00 Birdbeak Burrfish, Cyclichthys orbicularis, Jahir
0:05 Eschmeyer's Scorpionfish, Rhinopias eschmeyeri, Aer Perang
0:09 Compressed Toby, Canthigaster compressa, Two Fish Divers' House Reef
0:12 Black-banded Flathead, Rogadius patriciae, Makawide
0:15 Highfin Snake Eel, Ophichthus altipennis, TK1
0:18 Trumpetfish, Aulostomus chinensis, TK3
0:21 Starry Night Octopus, Callistoctopus luteus, Aer Perang
0:25 Blue-Spotted Stingray, Taeniura lymma, Tanjung Kuskusu
0:28 Mandarinfish, Synchiropus splendidus, Mandarin Point
0:46 Rigid Shrimpfish, Centriscus scutatus, Mandarin Point
0:54 Ambon Scorpionfish, Pteroidichthys amboinensis, Hairball
0:57 Flasher Scorpionfish, Scorpaenopsis macrochir (tentative), Hairball
1:00 Oriental Flying Gurnard, Dactyloptena orientalis, Retak Larry
1:04 Starry Blenny, Salarias ramosus, Aer Perang
1:07 Juvenile Thornback Cowfish, Lactoria fornasini, Aer Perang
1:10 Juvenile Spotted Parrotfish, Cetoscarus ocellatus, Tanjung Kusukusu
1:13 Pygmy Seahorse, Hippocampus bargibanti, Nudi Retreat
1:16 Juvenile Panther Grouper, Cromileptes altivelis, TK3
1:20 Graceful Anemone Shrimp, Ancylomenes venustus, Aer Perang
1:24 Peacock Mantis Shrimp, Odontodactylus scyllarus, Aw Shucks
1:29 Pink Tail Mantis Shrimp, Odontodactylus latirostris, TK1
1:32 Golden Spearing Mantis Shrimp, Lysiosquillina lisa, Jahir
1:36 Orange Mantis Shrimp, Lysiosquilloides mapia, Retak Larry
1:39 Saddleback Clownfish, Amphiprion polymnus, Nudi Retreat
1:44 Banggai Cardinalfish, Pterapogon kauderni, Police Pier
1:48 Long-tailed Sea Hare, Stylocheilus longicauda, Retak Larry
1:54 Box Crab, Calappa sp., TK1
1:59 Leopard Flounder, Bothus pantherinus, Retak Larry
2:03 Whitemargin Stargazer, Uranoscopus sulphureus, Hairball
2:08 Vomer Conch, Euprotomus vomer, Jahir
2:13 Purple-lined Nembrotha, Nembrotha purpureolineata, TK1
2:19 Crinoid Cuttlefish, Sepia sp., Tanjung Kusukusu
2:25 Spiny Flathead, Onigocia spinosa, Retak Larry
2:28 Shortfin Puffer, Torquigener brevipinnis, TK2
2:31 Oriental Flying Gurnard, Dactyloptena orientalis, TK1
2:34 Painted Frogfish, Antennarius pictus, Jahir
2:37 Striated Frogfish, Antennarius striatus, TK2
2:41 Warty Frogfish, Antennarius maculatus, Jahir
2:44 Juvenile Painted Frogfish, Antennarius pictus, Hairball
2:47 Weedy Scorpionfish, Rhinopias frondosa, Aer Perang
2:51 Fingered Dragonet, Dactylopus dactylopus, Retak Larry
2:54 Squat Lobster, Galathea sp., TK2
2:57 Emperor Shrimp, Periclimenes imperator, Hairball
3:00 Stargazer Snake Eel, Brachysomophis cirrocheilos, Hairball
3:03 Purple-edged Ceratosoma, Ceratosoma tenue, Makawide
3:06 Flame Scallop, Ctenoides ales, Nudi Retreat
3:10 Highfin Snake Eel, Ophichthus altipennis, TK1
3:13 Juvenile longhorn cowfish, Lactoria cornuta (tentative), TK1
3:17 Short-tailed Pipefish, Trachyrhamphus bicoarctatus, Critter Hunt
3:20 Guineafowl Puffer, Arothron meleagris, Tanjung Kusukusu
3:23 Morrison's Dragonet (female), Synchiropus morrisoni, Nudi Falls
3:26 Dwarf Lionfish, Dendrochirus brachypterus, TK1
3:29 Yellow Pygmy Goby, Lubricogobius exiguus, TK1 04:05

Teluk Kembahu 1

Shooted this year near Golfo Orossei on Sardegna Island during a trip on Valhalla catamarane. Nice wreck KT 12, Sunken 1943, depth 34 m, long 70 m, in two parts, smaller part is about 300 meters far ... made by my friend Jan Fleischmann 05:18

KT12 Wreck


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Squat lobsters, hermit crabs, true crabs and sea urchins. Part 3 of my documentary, "Mucky Secrets", about the fascinating marine creatures of the Lembeh Strait in Indonesia.

In this video we first look at more marine crustaceans. First we meet squat lobsters. The elegant squat lobster, Allogalathea elegans, lives commensally on the arms of crinoid feather stars. It feeds on plankton collected by its host, and its colour often matches the crinoid for camouflage.

Next we encounter squat lobsters of the Galathea genus fighting for territory on branching sponges at TK 2.

Hermit crabs don't have a hard carapace like other crabs, so they recycle an empty gastropod shell to protect their soft abdomen. They carry their adopted home around with them, and long eye stalks ensure that the crab has a wide angle of view. We encounter whitespotted hermit crabs, Dardanus megistos, living in empty cone shells and conch shells. We also meet an anemone hermit crab, Dardanus pedunculatus, carrying sea anemones on its back in a classic example of mutual symbiosis.

We then meet a pair of box crabs, Calappa sp.. The male box crab carries the female everywhere with him until she has moulted her shell and is ready to mate.

Camouflage is important for Lembeh's true crabs. We encounter a rear-spined elbow crab, Aulacolambrus hoplonotus, and a decorator spider crab, Achaeus sp., perfectly camouflaged in their environment.

A zebra crab, Zebrida adamsii, clings to the spines on the underside of a highly venomous flower urchin, Toxopneustes pileolus, using the last segment of its legs which has evolved into a hook.

Blue-spotted urchins, Astropyga radiata, are also highly venomous and gather in groups at dive sites such as Hairball. Juvenile emperor red snappers, Lutjanus sebae, often shelter amongst these sea urchins in a commensal relationship.

There are English captions showing either the full narration or the common and scientific names of the marine life, along with the dive site names.

"Mucky Secrets" is being serialised weekly on YouTube. Please subscribe to my channel to receive notifications of new episodes as I release them. The series will feature a huge diversity of weird and wonderful marine animals including frogfish, nudibranchs, scorpionfish, crabs, shrimps, moray eels, seahorses, octopus, cuttlefish etc..

The music tracks are "Mountain Breeze (pad)" by Purple Planet ( and "Arrival of the Broken Kings" by Klangachse (

Thanks to Tom Cusack of Leafy Lane Productions ( for the music track, "Mystery 2" and to Kevin McLeod of for the music track, "Covert Affair". These tracks are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license.

Thanks to the staff and keen-eyed divemasters of Two Fish Divers (, for accommodation, diving services and critter-spotting.

The video was shot by Nick Hope with a Sony HVR-Z1P HDV camera in a Light & Motion Bluefin HD housing with Light & Motion Elite lights and a flat port. A Century +3.5 diopter was used for the most of the macro footage.

I have more scuba diving videos and underwater footage on my website at:

I post updates about my videos here:

Full list of marine life and dive sites featured in this video:

00:05 Elegant Squat Lobster, Allogalathea elegans, Aer Perang
00:29 Squat Lobster, Galathea sp., TK 2 (Teluk Kembahu)
00:58 White-Spotted Hermit Crab, Dardanus megistos, Two Fish Divers house reef
01:22 White-Spotted Hermit Crab, Dardanus megistos, Retak Larry
01:35 Anemone Hermit Crab, Dardanus pedunculatus, TK 2 (Teluk Kembahu)
01:56 Box Crab, Calappa sp., TK 1 (Teluk Kembahu)
02:55 Rear-Spined Elbow Crab, Aulacolambrus hoplonotus, Nudi Falls
03:08 Decorator Spider Crab, Achaeus sp., Makawide
03:25 Zebra Crab, Zebrida adamsii, Jahir
03:33 Flower Urchin, Toxopneustes pileolus, Jahir
03:40 Zebra Crab, Zebrida adamsii, Jahir
03:56 Blue-Spotted Urchin, Astropyga radiata, Hairball
04:34 Emperor Red Snapper (juvenile), Lutjanus sebae, Jahir
04:42 Bluespotted Stingray, Neotrygon kuhlii, Hairball 05:11

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