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!

Cone Shell On The Hunt In Phuket Rare & Peculiar Critters

Why You Really Shouldn’t Pick Up Sea Shells In Phuket

If you want a souvenir from your scuba diving experience in Phuket then just taking photos is the only option you should be thinking about, picking up a seashell could land you in jail and if that shell is a cone shell then you could end up in more trouble - lots more trouble Being snails, unsurprisingly cone shells don't chase down their prey but sneak up on them when they're sleeping. They will bury themselves in the sand in the daytime and come out at night to hunt, this is when the nightmare begins. When the acute chemo receptors detect a fish, the snail will slowly stalk to within strike range of it's slumbering victim, extend it's proboscis and fire a venom covered harpoo [...]

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Octopus Are a Common Sighting In Phuket Diving Rare & Peculiar Critters

How Does An Octopus Change Colour?

Dazzling colour changes and perfect camouflage make octopus a favourite with everybody diving in Phuket but how do they perform this magic trick, well it's not mirrors, sorcery or witchcraft it's a complex combination of muscle, nerves, brain and skin pigments. By far the most common octopus we see when diving in Phuket is the day octopus (octopus cyanea) so we'll base our facts around this very convenient creature (we don't do night dives). That's what the cells are called, octopus have thousands of different colour chromataphores to every square inch of skin. Think of them as tiny balloons filled with coloured ink. The 'ink balloons' on most octopus come in black, brown, red, or [...]

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False Clown Anemone Fish (Amphiprion ocellaris) At Anemone Reef Rare & Peculiar Critters

Clownfish And Their Dirty Secrets

Finding clownfish/anemonefish in Phuket is not a difficult task for our diving guides, we have four different species of the 28 known that we regularly find, all colourful and all have the quirky clownfish attitude that makes them a favourite with divers but behind the cute colours are some very strange facts. I'm sure you're aware that they have a symbiotic relationship with anemone's but this doesn't come as easy to the clownfish as you might think. The fish don't hatch with an immunity to the stinging cells of the anemone, when they find their chosen host the juvenile clownfish have to touch it gently with various parts of their body until they eventually get covered with a layer o [...]

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Phuket Health Spa Underwater Rare & Peculiar Critters

Phuket’s Underwater Health Spa’s

Every Phuket diving site has one of these blissful little places where the food chain is put on hold for a little while and everybody just gets along, a Utopia under the waves. Most divers will swim over them completely unaware that it's the best place on the reef to witness natural behaviour, species interaction, some killer dance moves and even marital disputes. You'd think spending your whole life swimming around in water would negate the necessity for a spruce up but without hands then cleaning your teeth, cleaning wounds, removing parasites or simply exfoliating are all a bit of a challenge to say the least. This is where the legion of little helpers come in. It's a competiti [...]

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Giant Frogfish - A Rare Find When Scuba Diving In Phuket Rare & Peculiar Critters

Frogfish – Bizarre Eating Machine Facts

Frogfish are a favourite of scuba divers all over the world and we're fortunate enough to get them in Phuket. These weird little creatures with a face only a mother could love have many strange adaptations that make it an incredibly efficient predator and some that make it just plain comical. They generally ignore divers and photographers even when they're extremely close and very often carry on 'fishing' despite the close proximity but they do let you know when they've had enough, the yawn that every photographer likes to capture is a threat display although they have little to back up the threat apart from possibly whipping you with it's lure. Has a fishing rod! - Yep, t [...]

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Lots Of Nudibranchs To Be Found When Scuba Diving In Phuket Rare & Peculiar Critters

A Little Help With Phuket Nudibranchs

These bizarre little creatures are on every Phuket diving site and most stand out like a sore thumb. It's not an animal that Phuket is renowned for so if you ask your guide what the sluggy looking thing that they pointed out was you may get nudibranch as an answer and if you question further you'll run into some well rehearsed diversion tactics. To be fair to us there are so many species it would be impossible to know them all, add to that the variations in the same species, the constant reclassification and that names can depend on which book you look in you can understand why giving positive ID's is generally given a wide birth. Scientists are mainly to blame for the confusion, cons [...]

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Banded Sea Krait At Koh Bida Nok - Phuket Rare & Peculiar Critters

Phuket’s Deadly Pacifist!

If we stumbled across a cobra on our Phuket travels most of us would disappear into the distance screaming yet we can calmly watch a snake with a more toxic venom from just a couple of meters when scuba diving. The yellow lipped banded sea krait has a very powerful myotoxic venom and is probably the only snake you'll encounter on your Thailand holiday. The reason you may hear is that their mouths are too small and they can only bite you on the ear lobe or in between your fingers. This is a complete fallacy, there would be little use in having such potent venom if they can only deliver it to wafer thin biscuits. The reasons kraits don't bite are simple, they don't see us as a threa [...]

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Local Guides, Local Knowledge, Local Experiences

Don't trust your diving to amateurs or freshly minted dive guides, dive with local experienced experts from Local Dive Thailand. Our Scuba Diving Phuket Tours will take you to see the rarest of the rare critters, you will be amazed by the macro life our guides can find, in the secret places only they know. To put it in perspective, if you were going to climb Mount Everest you would certainly hire a local sherpa to lead the way & keep you safe. Diving is similar because there is absolutely no substitute for local experience & local knowledge, Local Dive Thailand's guides are Phuket's Sherpa's of the Andaman Sea!

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Scuba Diving Tours Phuket, Phi Phi & Thailand

When talking about Scuba Diving Phuket Tours, you should believe the hype, this season we have had Whale Sharks grace us on our regular easy to reach dive sites almost monthly 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, plus 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 sleeping wreck and the most amazing artificial reef and nursery for fish and nudibranch. Local Dive Thailand day trip tours to these locations are not to be missed when you are scuba diving in Phuket, get in touch with us and book an awesome day of diving.

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Enriched Air Nitrox In Phuket News & Updates

Nitrox Membrane System On MV Kebsup

Our day trip to the King Cruiser wreck is one of the most popular on the Phuket diving scene, it's even more enjoyable if you dive with Enriched Air Nitrox. The depth of the wreck 18 - 32m can make it a short dive on normal air tanks but with Nitrox you can easily make a full 50 minutes as long as your air consumption allows. With this is mind we decided to invest in a Nitrox membrane system, allowing divers to chose on the day if they would prefer Nitrox and if your not already Nitrox certified we have the [...]

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Cone Shell On The Hunt In Phuket Rare & Peculiar Critters

Why You Really Shouldn’t Pick Up Sea Shells In Phuket

If you want a souvenir from your scuba diving experience in Phuket then just taking photos is the only option you should be thinking about, picking up a seashell could land you in jail and if that shell is a cone shell then you could end up in more trouble - lots more trouble Being snails, unsurprisingly cone shells don't chase down their prey but sneak up on them when they're sleeping. They will bury themselves in the sand in the daytime and come out at night to hunt, this is when the nightmare begins. When the acute chemo receptors detect a fish, the snail will slowly stalk to within strike range of it's slumbering victim, extend it's proboscis and fire a venom covered harpoo [...]

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Phi Phi Island National Park News & Updates

Phi Phi Islands National Park Fee And New Diving Rules

A couple of years back the entry fee for the Phi Phi Island Marine National Park jumped to THB 400 for all tourists and an extra THB 200 for divers. After months of collecting the fee from our diving guests in the morning and then returning it back in the afternoon we finally gave up. No National Park officers came to collect the fees but the Thai government has announced that they will begin strictly enforcing the fee collection from 17th July 2017. We have heard this before and to be honest we're not 100% sure if they will collect the fees but we have to be prepared. From the 17th July our tour leaders will have to collect THB 600 from all diving guests on the Phi Phi/Shark Point tr [...]

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