hippocampus bargibanti


i just returned from anilao, in batangas, philippines testing out my new nauticam NA-5DMKIII housing for my canon 5D Mark III DSLR camera. it was my first attempt at super macro photography and was terrific fun. one of my favourite macro finds (i think i can speak for most divers) is the ever shy pygmy seahorse (scentific name hippocampus bargibanti). these tiny creatures measure around the size of your pinky fingernail and are generally found well camouflaged amongst soft corals and gorgonian sea fans. i found this little guy (pictured above) hiding amongst a sea fan with around 6 other of his (or her…i’m still learning to tell the difference) companions! an adult can measure as short as 13 mm in length – that’s around 1/2 an inch! pygmy seahorses are unique in that they breathe through a single gill slit on the back of their heads, as opposed to the more common seahorse that has gill slits on both sides of its head. but similar to the common seahorse, the males brood and take care of their young. i took this photo while in anilao with my canon 5d mark III DSLR inside a nauticam NA-5DMKIII housing, dual inon Z240 strobes, f11, 1/125 sec, canon 100mm f2.8L macro IS USM lens. – jeremy


My Underwater Rubik’s Cube Solve

This is me solving the Rubik’s cube in around 2min4sec on a recent scuba dive in Anilao, Philippines. The dive site is called Cathedral because of the cross sunk there. Now, granted it’s nowhere near the fastest solve, but I can always blame my slow time on a bit of narcosis! Haha. The silly music is from Putumayo’s Hip Hop Around The World – Reggaeton Perreo Dance Mix. Enjoy!

anilao dive video

here it is! my latest dive video i made in anilao, philippines last month. it was my first attempt at shooting underwater HD with my new Panasonic Lumix P&S. the video above is not in HD but i hope you can still get a feel of the fantastic marine life we encountered on my last dive. enjoy!

anilao muck – octo’s & nemo

what is the plural for octopus? is it octopuses, octopi, or octopodes? just got back from another dive trip in anilao (batangas, philippines – just a 2 hour drive from downtown manila) over the weekend of 28-30 may. the dive favourite always ended up being at a site called “toros” (also known as “mainit muck” or “secret bay” to others). this is macro haven and a great place to spot all sorts of sea life in the ‘muck.’ (sand). flat, shallow, sandy bottom – perfect for those sea creatures who are masters of camouflage. one of the most famous of course, the elusive but curiously intelligent octopus. we spotted two of them within a foot of each other hiding in the sand. got them to come out and play – then they started getting friendly with each other and began mating! i have it all on video (see video above). 30 deg C water temperature all day, clear blue seas…it was a great day to go diving. here is a pic of me capturing nemo on film as well as one i snapped of our 8-armed friend during the muck dive. the bottom octo shot was taken with my canon G10 camera but by my cousin, Behn. p.s. and in case you were wondering, the plural of ‘octopus’ is any of the 3 above mentioned.

me and nemo.

i found this 8-legged friend burried in the sand but coaxed him out for this shot.

this shot was by my cousin.

congratulations new open water divers – Tyler & Kyle

on 5 January 2010, the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) welcomed two new open water divers to their ranks, my nephews – Tyler & Kyle Chen. they successfully completed their open water course in anilao, batangas, philippines with me as their instructor. good job and congratulations you guys! hope to see you in the water again soon. here are some photos from their course.

first video upload – diving with the ulua in anilao, philippines

School in session with the Jacks in Anilao, Philippines.

my cousin and i recently went to anilao and happened upon a huge school of jacks (known as “ulua” in hawaiian) as we swam along the depths of the TWIN ROCKS dive site in batangas, philippines. i was able to swim amidst the entire school and film them while my cousin was messin’ around in the background. we swam amongst these fish for around 30 minutes it was so relaxing. it’s among the only time i enjoy being in a school! (Sorry, you’ll have to click the Hyperlink above to view the video as I haven’t purchased a video upgrade account embed the video here).

mares carbon 42 first dive – anilao, philippines

 Carbon42 Jer

just returned from Anilao, Batangas, Philippines after a 9 dive series with my cousin. we stayed at Planet Dive and since we arrived on a weekday, we had the ENTIRE RESORT to ourselves – not to mention all the dive sites as well. in 9 dives, we didn’t see a single human soul on the reefs. perfect! check out the sea creatures we DID see however on my photo website: http://esguerra1.multiply.com/ just click the ScubaJer dive flag album for Anilao dives. this was also my first dive with the new mares carbon 42 regulator. while i cannot say it performed flawlessly, it did do the job and despite one minor technical problem, i’m quite happy with it. i hope mares can help me troubleshoot my problem and then it will be just perfect! oh, and for you marine lovers, don’t worry about this poor pufferfish. i placed him back on the reef where he promptly relaxed. have a look at the photos. enjoy!