It Isn’t Easy, Being a Hydro-Sapien

It Isn’t Easy, Being a Hydro-Sapien

It’s not easy, being a hydro-sapien. For the past 20 days I have been breathing underwater 6 out of every 24 hours. That’s 120 hours in the last three weeks. You might think that’s a lot of water, but for an aquaholic like me, it’s barely enough.

Of course, it’s the discovery of new and delightful critters that keeps me beneath the surface. The Philippines is one of my favorite destinations for finding wee beasties and Anilao never disappoints.


This Rhinopias Frondosa was hanging out just begging to be photographed. It’s lovely deep set eyes contrast nicely with it’s winning smile.


Although I had seen a marble shrimp before, this was the first time I had a chance to photograph one. The patterns and texture on this fat little shrimp are impressive.


This tiny red pipe fish was only about an inch long and is a new arrival in Anilao.


Here a beautiful white nudibranch (gymnedoris) was shining like a beacon on top of a rock during a night dive.


This tiny mantis was probably my favorite critter. It is holding a clutch of eggs and was very small. My guide had never seen one before but we assume it belongs to the mantis shrimp family.

No, it isn’t easy being a hydro-sapien, but if someone’s gotta do it, it should definitely be me.

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My photographs are taken with a Nikon  D810 in Sea and Sea Housing using two YS-D1 Strobes.
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2 thoughts on “It Isn’t Easy, Being a Hydro-Sapien

  1. Being a hydro-sapiens myself, I understand your dilemma, Brooke. Anilao sounds wonderful! We’ve thought about the Philippines. I hear they’re less expensive than some of the destinations in Indonesia and that the diving is very good. Wonderful shots of amazing critters!

    1. Thanks Cathy! I have to say that the Philippines is one of my favorite destinations, and one of the best bangs for your buck!

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