Marine Life on Malapascua
Situated near to the epicenter of marine life origin on the planet, Malapascua has an incredible diversity of life. Our dive sites are spread out to the north, south, east and west of us, and so each site has different influences and its own environment, its own type of diving and its own appeal. We really are a one-stop destination.
Below are lists of only some of the amazing creatures we see regularly. Anything less common or seasonal is noted. We have an excellent library of books to help identify what you see.
Sharks: Thresher sharks, Whitetip sharks, Bamboo Sharks, Cat Sharks, Hammerheads (Jan-Apr)
Rays: Mantas, devil rays, marble rays, fantail rays, blue spotted rays, eagle rays
Seahorses and pipefish: Common seahorse, Moluccen seahorse, thorny seahorse, pygmy seahorse, Schultz' pipefish, banded pipefish, orange banded pipefish, white mushroom coral pipefish, bent stick pipefish, straight stick pipefish, whiskered pipefish, ghost pipefish (seasonal), robust ghost pipefish
Cephalopods: Broadclub cuttlefish often seen mating, flamboyant cuttlefish, squid, bobtail squid, starry sky octopus, blue-ringed octopus
Moray eels: White-eyed, snowflake/clouded, bar-tailed, giant morays, spot-faced. Also snake eels.
Shrimp: Coleman's shrimp, banded boxer shrimp, anemone & commensal shrimp of all varieties, smashing mantis shrimp, feather star shrimp, harlequin shrimp
Crabs: Box crabs, decorator crabs, hermit crabs, porcelain anemone crabs, xenon crabs
Fish: Frogfish of varying kinds, mandarin fish, seamoths (Pegasus), batfish (including the juvenile), scorpionfish (including stingers), lionfish (common, dwarf), flying gurnard, clown triggerfish, titan trigger, flutemouth, schooling bannerfish, moorish idols, barracuda, shrimpfish, tuna, jacks, big-mouthed mackerel, angelfish, fingered dragonet, flounder, striped eel catfish, various sweetlips, filefish...
Nudibranchs: 100's of types!
Dolphins: On the surface
Some of the cool, new & unusual things we have seen recently:
We knew there must be one in Malapascua and after searching for two years, we finally found a Denise Pygmy Seahorse! This is the smallest known seahorse in the world, and was only classified in 2003. Pictures of the female Hippocampus denise are below and we are on the lookout for more. Stay tuned...
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