HD Video of Night Diving at Bunaken Island in Indonesia
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Night dive at Bunaken Island near Manado in Indonesia. This video was shot at Muka (right in front of Two Fish Divers resort) and at Lekuan 3, where a host of interesting critters come out under cover of darkness.
A bigfin reef squid (Sepioteuthis lessoniana) hovers in open water while a golden damsel (Amblyglyphidodon aureus) hides on the reef amongst the coral. A Meyer's butterflyfish (Chaetodon meyeri) seeks safe refuge for the night while a marble starfish (Fromia monilis) sits on the algae-covered rock.
A bull crab (Naxioides taurus) trots across a hard coral. Another hangs out with a scorpionfish (Scorpaenopsis), camouflaged against the reef.
The alien-like sculptured slipper lobster (Parribacus antarcticus) is only seen at night, and this one tries to escape the divers' lights. A small red painted frogfish (Antennarius pictus) sits on a sponge in wait for prey.
A Bleeker's parrotfish in mucous cocoon (Chlorurus bleekeri) has surrounded itself with a scent-proof cocoon of secreted mucous to conceal it from feeding sharks. Nudibranchs (Chromodoris lochi and Halgerda malesso) slither across the reef in search of food such as tunicates.
During the day, the twinspot lionfish (Dendrochirus biocellatus) is rarely seen but here we find a fine specimen. The false eye spots on the rear dorsal fin are intended to confuse predators. The two moustache-like barbels protruding from the twinspot lionfish's head give it the alternative name of Fu Manchu lionfish.
Crabs are out at night too. Here we see a common decorator crab (Schizophrys aspera) and a splendid round crab (Etisus splendidus) diving for cover.
This video was shot in 1080-50i HDV with my Sony HVR-Z1P camera and is delivered here in 720p HD.
I also have a standard definition video of night diving at Bunaken, shot a few months earlier.