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.

Hippocampus japapigu Short, Smith, Motomura, Harasti & Hamilton, 2018

Japapigu at Kushimto Wakayama Japan

This pic is not brand new. But my favorite.
This guy is very tiny. Under 5mm long. Always behind seaweed or rock for hiding. And moving quickly. So it is so hard finding it out.
Fortunately, the guide I was diving with was excellent. He has good eyes. And has the knowledge for this guy. Its favorite place or appearance time and so on.
This seahorse had not had the scientific name longtime from it was discovered. Japanese divers have been calling it Japapigu longtime. Japapigu is the shortens the name from Japanse pygmy seahorse. This name is spreading to the world through the internet, the scientific name is named after this colloquial Japanese name.

Colorful Nudibranch

Ceratosoma trilobatum (J. E. Gray, 1827) Nishiki Umiushi

Ceratosoma trilobatum (J. E. Gray, 1827)

This is a very common Nudibranch, but one of my favorite. This guy was hanging on an isolated small rock on the mud bottom. -18m. 26℃.
At Owase, Mie, Japan. The water is hotter comper with the ordinary year. Set, 26, 2019
This nudibranch is called Nisiki Umiushi as the common name in Japan.
Nishiki is a generic term for silk fabrics woven using various colored yarns. So, Nishiki often is used term to refer to vivid and beautiful things.

Manta ray silouette tank top

Manta ray silhouette tank top
Manta ray silhouette tank top
The front is a small manta silhouette and the diving flag, and the diver’s password “No Dive, No life”. The back is covered by a big manta silhouette.

Manta ray silhouette tank top
by LittleDinosaur

Close-up: My photo carrying on Outdoor Japan Traveler as the front cover.

from 16p, The article about Diving spot in Japan is starting.

Thanks Tim! for carrying my photo on Outdoor Japan Traveler as the front cover. This photo from The 50 Best Dives in Japan: The Ultimate Guide to the Essential Sites, by Tim Rock and Noriyuki Otani
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07PRJT8PG

Article: 尾鷲 Owase

The Under water flower garden

The Artificial Fish-reef

The Gyosho point is the garden of Marine flowers. Concrete blocs covered with many colorful soft corals. And it is a habitat for a lot of creatures. It is located south of the Kii peninsula. Mie, Japan.
The article linked (The web magazine TRiPE DiTOR) is in Japanese. But you can enjoy photos.

I introduced that place detailed also in Guide Book “New 50 Best Dives in Japan” (in English). On sale at Amazon.com

Article : 波左間海中公園

Hasama marine park

The diving point like an amusement park. It is located south end of Boso peninsula. Chiba Tateyama. The article linked is in Japanese.
I introduced that place detailed also in Guide Book “New 50 Best Dives in Japan” (in English). On sale at Amazon.com

Macro: Narwal shrimp

Plesionika narval   (Fabricius, 1787)

Useful Japanese common name “Okino-suji-ebi”

Okino-suji-ebi in Japanese

According to Sealifebase, “Narwal shrimp, Plesionika narval (Fabricius, 1787) occurs at depths of 10 to 900 m, is found between 200 and 400 m “. This photo was taken at Owase, -20m. Several places in Japan, Wakayama, Izu, This shrimp is found at not-so-deep-water (-20 to -40m) where we can visit with Scuba. Narwal shrimp is called Okino-suji-ebi in Japanese. Oki-no meaning ”at open sea” or “at the ocean”. suji is the line. ebi is shrimp. It is the useful name that we can understand easily the shrimp where lives and what shape.