the virtual MantaFest 2020 has opened

https://www.facebook.com/groups/309083026824883/

Various events were canceled this year due to the influence of COVID-19. Manta Festa, held annually by Manta Ray Bay Resort & Yap Divers, a diving resort in Yap, Micronesia, is no exception.

Manta fest is a diving photo contest held in a very homely atmosphere. Many enthusiastic fans are all over the world, and they fell lonley that the event was canceled. One of those fans, Judy Bennett, has started the virtual MantaFest 2020 on Facebook.

<<Yap family. So, the annual migration to Yap for Manta Fest 2020 should be starting. Instead Covid 19 has thrown a gigantic monkey wrench into everyone’s plans for life this year. Since it had to be cancelled, maybe we can make Manta Fest 2020 a virtual one. Let’s share images and videos from all our other years there together. The people, the places, aquatic life big and small, and of course, don’t forget the beer. Just a few a day, we have 2 weeks worth to share>>…… from group page announcemen

The groupe page aimed to invite people who participated in the Manta fest, to post photos and warm up old relations online.
There are many pictures of a fun atmosphere such as, beautiful underwater scape and participants enjoyed diving, chatting, drinking….

The fun moments come back.
I’m hoping we could get rid of COVID-19 as soon as possible and move freely around the world.

Periclimenes Kobayashi

Cleaner shrimp

Periclimenes Kobayashi (Okuno & Nomura, 2002)
This commensal shrimp finds easy on the tentacle of Dofleinia armata Wassilieff, 1908 which is a venomous sea anemone. Transparent with red spots and a white band. Eyes are impressive. The eyeball is in a transparent sphere and chasing my moving.
at Oobana point (-18m), Owase, Mie, Japan

whip coral garden

in the dim sea bed

Whip coral garden at Nagase point, Owase, Mie, Japan.
This is an inner bay point, but the tide is often fast. So, we can enjoy many kinds of soft coral. I like the whip coral garden. Whip coral is an invertebrate with long, whip-like branches covered in tiny polyps. are living on a big rock. The scenery a lot of the whip coral standing in the dim sea bed is very mysterious. Owase, Mie, Japan March 21 2020 -18m

Camouflage in Purple

Hamodactylus noumeae

“Isobana-Kakure-Ebi” in Japanese.

When a diver illuminates up a gorgonian which looks like a large fan by his underwater flashlight, often, he may find out something reflecting in the light. Looking closely, he will see a very small shrimp staying on the branch. This is Hamodactylus noumeae( Commensal Shrimp). “Isobana-Kakure-Ebi” in Japanese.
They are very tiny shrimps, around 0.5cm. The purple body seen through a transparent exoskeleton is beautiful.
Body-color is depending on a host gorgonian color.
Moreover, most of the body is transparent, so it is hard to find.
They are also masters of camouflage and Ninja under the sea.

Camouflage master under the sea

She is inside

Elegant squat lobster, Allogalathea elegans

The central orange color balls are egg mass.

Do you know Kunoichi? Kunoichi means the Female Ninja. They are hiding, sometimes as a waitress, sometimes a teacher, sometimes as a wife, and performing spy activities. Kunoichi is an expert in camouflage.
Kunoichi is there in the sea also.
Elegant Squat Lobster, Allogalathea elegans (Adams & White, 1848) is one of them.
This pic is not brand new. Several years ago, I took this. Today, I was checking my photos, and I find this. She was hiding in a feather star with her eggs a long time.
Owase, Mie, Japan

Goods: Manta ray silhouette in the Frosted Glass Beer Mug.

So that Manta comes back to life, Put beer in this mug please.

Manta ray silhouette frosted glass beer mug

Designed a stylish Manta ray silhouette in the Frosted Glass Beer Mug. A picture of Manta ray taken in the crystal clear Micronesian Sea arranged in a painting style.

Goods: Manta ray silhouette shot glass

Manta ray silhouette shot glass
Designed a stylish Manta ray silhouette in the Shot Glass. A picture of Manta ray taken in the crystal clear Micronesian Sea arranged in a painting style. After diving requires beer time. So, let I make a mug of the same design.Manta ray silhouette shot glass
After diving requires beer time. So, let I make a mug of the same design. Next time.

Goods: Manta ray silhouette leggings

Manta ray silhouette leggings
Designed a stylish Manta ray silhouette in the leggings. A picture of Manta ray taken in the crystal clear Micronesian Sea arranged in a painting style.

Goods: Manta ray silhouette wooden box sign

Manta ray silhouette wooden box sign
Manta ray silhouette and the diving flag. Tropical cool sea breeze from Yap island to you.

Goods: Reef Shark silhouette Tank Top

Reef Shark silhouette Tank Top
The front is a Reef silhouette with the diving flag and the diver’s password “No Dive, No life”. The back is a small diving flag and word “I love sharks”

Goods: Gorgeous Lionfish photo Tank Top

Gorgeous Lionfish photo Tank Top
Guess where? Not Thai, Not Okinawa. This pic was taken at Owase. It is located in the southeast of the Kii peninsula of the mainland of Japan.