There are, as far as I know, two types of squat lobsters that reside in these crinoid fauna. The first is the one you see here with the black and white striped pattern while the other one is mostly dark with barely visible white stripes. This was taken in Anilao, Batangas in a dive site called Secret Bay.
Speaking of lobsters, there is a rather interesting book titled The Secret Life of Lobsters by Trevor Corson. Radiolab has done a dramatization of one of the segments and I was listening to this on the drive back to the city after this dive.
So this is a zoomed-in photo of an emperor shrimp riding on a sea slug. X-Pro Instagram filter used for the shot to highlight the intricate pattern of this particular shrimp.
I just love how you can find really interesting critters underneath an anemone skirt. But I really hate how jumpy porcelain crabs can get as they try to hide themselves from the camera.
I enjoy shooting goby and blenny fish because they’re so small and I’m not quite sure if they’re resting or hovering above the corals. They have rather interesting markings as well in their semi-transparent skin as you can see from the facial markings of this particular goby.
Here’s a close up of a trumpetfish that was pretty much very still in the Dari Laut wreck in Anilao. The Instagram filter here really highlighted the blue-green pattern around its body as well as the eye.