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Kaj Maney
Owner of Dive Into Ambon, Ambon, Indonesia
Owner of Dive Into Ambon, Ambon, Indonesia

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Please could you add Indonesia, XSE, to the csc options?

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Something I hadn't seen before...a Flamboyant Cuttlefish extending it's feeding arms separately!

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Another new critter for me, a Soft Coral Pipefish. Very tiny, very lovely and half way through you can see the male is 'pregnant', as you can see the eyes on the eggs on his body. Try to watch full screen if possible.

Shot in Ambon

Sony XR500, L&M Stingray, super macro port, Sola 4000 lights

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One of my videos got on I fucking Love Science :)

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Exciting new Snapping Shrimp from Ambon

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Even though Lembeh is all about small things, some things are smaller than others. And they don't come much smaller (or harder to film) than Idiomysis.

These are a tiny little crustacean that seem to hover around like flies. They are only a few millimeters long and are always in constant motion. This makes it very difficult to photograph or film them.

It has been a pet project of mine, over the last year or so, to try and get video of them, using my woefully inadequate equipment. My idea is simple...use the slow motion feature to capture these creatures, so you can actually see them. The trouble is twofold. One: The depth of field is very very small, and it's impossible to re-focus, either manually or automatically, at these distances and speed that the Idiomysis move. Two: When I hit the 'slow motion' function on my camcorder, it goes into a three second 240fps auto mode. you hit it and it immediately takes the 3 second shot, with no control, no re-focusing...

So for a shot of these Idiomysis to come out I need the tiny little thing to just move up and down while it happens to be in focus, and not to move back or forth away to towards the camera. Believe me , this is not something that happens very much...

But finally, today, I think I have enough to present the world's first macro slow motion (nearly all in focus) video of these creatures. They are fascinating little things, and have wonderful eyes, bodies and it is really cool to finally be able to see one.

Shot with my Sony XR500, L&M housing and Sola 4000 lights - Lembeh

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One of the smallest critters I've ever tried to film, Sponge Isopods. Though they are very tiny, they are very interesting to watch.

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Thanks for the invite to this group. 

I'm based in Lembeh, Indonesia and am very into macro video. Lembeh is famous for it's 'muck', black sand diving with an incredible variety of very unusual creatures.

I shoot with a Sony XR500, Light and Motion housing with a super macro port.

My website, containing all the HD video I take is

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A very interesting video I took earlier this week.

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One of the strangest critters we occasionally see here it the Cigar Jelly. This is a cnidarian, class Hydrozoa.

I must admit that when I first saw one of these I was not sure, at all, what I was looking at. It was definitely weird and it was also very beautiful. It seemed to be alive, as it pulsed from time to time. But it was difficult to place. Over time I saw a few more of them, and they seem to come in a couple of colours, white or a very fetching pink.

So a little bit of research later and I found they are called Cigar Jellies. This is because the roll themselves up during the day and rest on the bottom, with their tentacles retracted inside their bodies. As night the tentacles can apparently extend up to 10m (30ft) and feed on small fish and zooplankton. Their colourful insides make them a great subject for photos.

And finally this week I saw one swimming around for a short while. It was excellent to finally see one in motion and to understand what they look like when unfolded.
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