Stenopus hispidus, commonly called banded coral shrimp, have this distinctive blue moustache appearance of their cirri (tufts of hair for filter-feeding) used to ensnare their prey.
They are also fast movers too; and these combined motor skills play a great deal in their mating behaviour of ‘penis fencing’!
Not only does it live within a suitable gastropod shell, but it adds further protection from its potential predators by taking advantage of the stinging cells sea anemones have!
After a few basic dive skills to prepare students, our PADI Pro Divers will lead he way to an underwater ‘Eden’ filled with spiritual statues representing Bali’s beautiful Hindu character!
Bali Dream Divers’ PADI Pros sometimes look upon the juvenile fish as the ‘superstar’ of a dive, and will always get their divers’ attention to ‘ooh and aah’ over it!
So it makes sense that the nudibranchs food source is the stinging cells of anemones, jellyfish and corals, for it to produce as much of this defence mechanism to be effective as possible.
Often lurking about cracks and crevices of the USAT Liberty Shipwreck, these lobsters take advantage of the dark, during which time they will hunt for their prey AND hide from their predators.
And maybe its a bit morbid, but a carnivorous isopod feeding on a species of the sea bream makes for very striking underwater photography!
This adventurous trio are all PADI Advanced Open Water divers, and they are free to roam most of every one of the three dive sites found in Tulamben – Coral Garden, the ‘Drop Off’ wall and the world-famous USAT Liberty Shipwreck.