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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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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 – 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 – 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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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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How to Treat Jellyfish And Coral Stings

Jellyfish and coral stings are not a frequent occurrence in Phuket. The few cases we get are mild, only requiring some basic first aid immediately after the incident. Occasionally around the coast line, we sight box jellyfish and in low season we often have bluebottles wash up on the shore. However it's incredibly rare to see either around our main Phuket dive sites. Still, the environment we choose to spend our spare time in is not risk free [...]

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Single Use Plastics Banned In Thai National Parks

From yesterday (06th April 2022) the Thai National Parks office has banned the use of single us plastics and styrofoam products in all National Parks. This includes marine parks so this may affect you on our Phi Phi day trip and Similan Island liveaboards. Although most of the plastics we find on the dive sites are not jettisoned from boats, it's still a welcome move. As a dive community, Phuket has long practised good environmental [...]

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New PADI DSD Elearning

The PADI DSD (Discover Scuba Diving) has been added to the long list of elearning options available through the PADI App. New divers will be able to learn some basic scuba diving theory before getting in the water. It's not extensive theory, just some basic safety rules and some insight into how pressure affects us underwater. Not at all, if anything it simplifies matters. The prospective diver will be able to learn the necessary basic [...]

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