Rare & Peculiar Critters

Rare & Peculiar Critters

Looking for that special critter, the one that has alluded you all of your diving career, the Moby to your Ahab? In this section we detail some of our most peculiar and spectacular finds here in Phuket, Phi Phi & Thailand!

mimic octopus at kata beach phuket Rare & Peculiar Critters

Mimic Octopus In Phuket

Finding mimic octopus in Phuket is not a new thing for local divers but it may come as a bit of a surprise to holiday makers. Mimic octopus (thaumoctopus mimicus) are a relatively new species to science, only classified in 1998 from Indonesian specimens. The potential range could be huge because of the habitat they choose to hunt in. Featureless sandy/muddy flats is generally where you can find mimic octopus, not the first choice for most di [...]

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the most toxic sea urchin Rare & Peculiar Critters

Devil In Disguise – The Most Toxic Sea urchin

The most toxic sea urchin is not the fire urchin as you might think. That would make sense, a name that would stop anybody with a functional brain from touching it. So what have scientists named the most toxic urchin? They've gone for flower urchin - thanks. There's ample space for another more suitable word. Hell, agony or stinging flower urchin would have all given us a hint to stay well away. The scientists have certainly looked aft [...]

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lionfish in phuket Rare & Peculiar Critters

Lionfish – A Smart Fish?

We call them lionfish on this side of the world but they're also none as firefish, zebrafish, butterfly cod and turkeyfish (????) in other areas. We tend to lump them together but there are quite a few different species that we find around Phuket. All have stunning warning colours, are very photogenic, show little or no fear of divers and have toxic fins that can pack quite a punch. Fortunately lionfish are easy to spot and stings are very ra [...]

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parrotfish feeding on algae Rare & Peculiar Critters

Parrotfish – Not Just A Pretty Face

Thankfully many species of parrotfish are common on Phuket reefs and we really need to keep it that way. Heavy fines or even jail time await anybody who take parrotfish from the ocean and for good reason. Read on to find out why. A keystone species is an animal that is so important to it's particular ecosystem that it's loss or number depletion will have a heavy impact or even cause total breakdown. Parrotfish are one such species, the [...]

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cuttlefish common sightings in phuket scuba diving Rare & Peculiar Critters

Cuttlefish – Cross Dressing Light Bending Camouflage Kings

Cuttlefish belong the to the mollusc family and look like something between an octopus and a squid. Unlike most molluscs, the cephalopod branch which includes cuttlefish, squid and octopus are fairly smart. Certainly compared to their simpleton slug cousins but as with all geeks there comes weirdness - lots of weirdness. Let's get the ball rolling with this cardiovascular indulgence. Cuttlefish have three hearts, one each for their two [...]

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A Titan Triggerfish Chomping On A Phuket Divers Fin Rare & Peculiar Critters

Titan Triggerfish – Phuket Diving Guides Nemesis

With a head that's 2/3rds of it's body mass, independently moving weird googly eyes and a set of teeth that wouldn't look out of place on a hyena, the titan triggerfish is not going to win any modelling contracts but they can add a little excitement to a dive. They're a very prominent fish on Phuket's reefs, signs of there activities are everywhere - deep excavations in the sand, broken corals, sea urchin spines scattered around and the od [...]

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Whale Shark in Phuket Rare & Peculiar Critters

It’s International Whale Shark Day But What Do We Know About Them?

Well we know they're big and spotty but not a great deal else to be honest...It's a challenging animal for scientists to study but they're trying and we're slowly gaining an insight into the biggest fish on the planets life and there is a way that you can help (more on that later) There's much debate about the size to which they can grow, 18m is a common figure that's mentioned but the largest verified measurement is around 12m. In Tha [...]

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When talking about Scuba Diving in Phuket, you should believe the hype, many seasons we have had Whale Sharks grace us on our regular and easy to reach dive sites and on a good day you can add Sea Horses, Sea Moths, Snake Eels, Frog Fish & Octopus to what you can see on any given dive and so much more. If we are heading to Phi Phi Island for the day, you can possibly see Hawksbill Sea Turtles and Black Tip Reef Sharks, also don't forget the King Cruiser, 84 meters of beautiful wreck and the most amazing reef nursery for fish and nudibranch. Local Dive Thailand day trip tours to these locations are not to be missed when you are scuba diving Phuket, get in touch with us and book an 'awesome' day of diving.

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mimic octopus at kata beach phuket Rare & Peculiar Critters

Mimic Octopus In Phuket

Finding mimic octopus in Phuket is not a new thing for local divers but it may come as a bit of a surprise to holiday makers. Mimic octopus (thaumoctopus mimicus) are a relatively new species to science, only classified in 1998 from Indonesian specimens. The potential range could be huge because of the habitat they choose to hunt in. Featureless sandy/muddy flats is generally where you can find mimic octopus, not the first choice for most di [...]

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Manta Bay – A Beautiful Phuket Dive Site

We started diving the beautiful Phuket dive site at manta bay a few years ago. Mainly when Banana Rock was too busy but the new coral growth and marine life has seen us return frequently. It's now a regular dive site for the second immersion on the Racha Noi/Yai scuba diving tour. There's plenty to see for all levels and conditions are generally very easy. Everyone! It's a very simple dive site. The shallow areas are perfect for PADI D [...]

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Night Diving In Phuket – Simple And Rewarding

You won't see night diving in Phuket advertised very often simply because there aren't too many options. It certainly is possible and a single long dive at Kata Beach can be very rewarding. Kata Beach is a calm sheltered bay and you don't need to go any deeper than 12m. Unusual and interesting creatures that don't seem to be found anywhere else around Phuket reside here. The reef is only a short swim from the beach and you can begin the di [...]

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