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!

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 odd digit or chunk of flesh from a diver are a sign of their presence and current disposition. Titan triggerfish (Balistoides viridescens) are the largest of the triggerfish family in the indo-pacific and grow up to 75cm in length (it appears mu [...]

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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 Thailand we rarely see whale sharks larger than 6m but this seems to be a global trend and apart from the Galapagos Islands, large whale sharks are becoming increasingly rare. The most studied group of whale sharks (Ningaloo Reef, Australia) now average [...]

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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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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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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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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 odd digit or chunk of flesh from a diver are a sign of their presence and current disposition. Titan triggerfish (Balistoides viridescens) are the largest of the triggerfish family in the indo-pacific and grow up to 75cm in length (it appears mu [...]

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Similan Island Liveaboard The Junk Diving Discounts & Special Offers

November 2017 Discounts on Similan Island Liveaboard ‘The Junk’

The Junk is a very special Similan Island Liveaboard experience, featured in a number of Hollywood movies and having a unique design, this boat from a bygone era cuts an unmistakable silhouette around the Similan & Surin Island National Parks. It may be late notice but if you're looking for a liveaboard trip this month then this is an opportunity not to be missed. The remaining spaces on November cruises are available at a heavily discounted price. We've already had whale shark sightings this season so step in quick to get the few remaining places. Similan/Surin Islands 6 Days/6 Nights 19 Dives 16th - 22nd November 2017 Triple Cabin was THB 44,000 Now THB 35,200 Quad Cabin wa [...]

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Similan Island Discounts On Deep Andaman Queen Diving Discounts & Special Offers

Big Last Minute Discount On Similan Island And Burma Liveaboard

If you're coming to Phuket for diving in the next month, you have a great opportunity to sample the Similan Islands or even the pristine waters in Burma for a knock down price. Save as much as THB 20,900 (US$630)! Deep Andaman Queen is offering a last minute discount of 20% as well as free equipment rental and nitrox! It's an excellent boat with a highly experienced tour leader. The Similan Island trip will visit all of the very dive sites in the North Andaman including Richelieu Rock, Koh Tachai and Koh Bon. Various cabin configurations are available, all have en-suite and air-conditioning. Check the prices below and select your trip. Deep Andaman Queen Similan Islands 4 Days/ [...]

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