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

The titan triggerfish in Phuket are not going to win any modelling contracts but they can add a little excitement to a dive. A head that's 2/3rds of its body mass, independently moving weird googly eyes and a set of teeth that wouldn't look out of place on a hyena. Along with an attitude that can only be described as cantankerous They're a very prominent fish on Phuket's reefs. Signs of their activities are everywhere. Deep excavations in [...]

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Whale Shark in Phuket Rare & Peculiar Critters

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

Well we know whale sharks are big and spotty but not a great deal else to be honest. It's a challenging animal for scientists to study. They're trying and we're slowly gaining an insight into the biggest fish on the planets life. There is a way that you can help which we'll touch on 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 12 [...]

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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 dayt [...]

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Scuba Diving Phuket, Phi Phi & Thailand

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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Cape Panwa Phuket – A Hidden Gem

Cape Panwa is a spit of land in the south of Phuket. If escaping the crowds is the goal on your Phuket holiday then it could be just the place for you. You're not going to get the riotous excitement of Patong or even the low key nightlife in Karon or Kata. What you will get is stunning scenery away from the hustle and noise of the other Phuket beach resorts. Not much but that's why you would stay there. Small scenic beaches, quaint res [...]

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Phuket Seafood & Gastronomy Festival 2020

The upcoming Phuket Seafood and Gastronomy Festival is one such example of how Phuket is trying its very best to stimulate the local tourism market. Over the next five weekends at various locations around the island you'll get a chance to try fantastic fresh seafood. The venues have been chosen so that you can enjoy seafood and sea view, a challenge for Phuket Old Town.. As well as delicious prepared dishes, there'll also be the chance [...]

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great deals on the junk and phinisi Diving Discounts & Special Offers

Save 25% On All Junk & Phinisi Trips 2020

Great offer for two very special boats! 25% of all remaining 2020 departures on the The Junk & Phinisi. A fantastic opportunity for Thai nationals, expats and the few who're eligible to return in the near future. Both boats will be running a few Southern Andaman trips to the Phi Phi and Racha Islands. From October the Similan and Surin islands will be open once again for diving and both boats will head to the North Andaman Sea. Souther [...]

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