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Frogfish: what do you know about them? (Watch Video)

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The first in an exciting new series of blogs introducing some of the amazing marine life you can encounter at Magic Resorts in the Philippines…

Some interesting facts!

The Frogfish is an interesting creature, not only because of its name and appearance, but especially because of its abilities.

The squat sitting position of this special creature is the reason they are called ‘Frogfish’. Frogfish tend not to swim too often, however, when they do swim, they have an interesting swimming technique. They use their tail fin but to increase their speed, they will gulp water and propel it out through their gills to move forward. Although most species are poor swimmers, they are categorized as fish because of their gills and fins. 
In some areas of the world this creature is called an Anglerfish, which will make more sense after reading this blog!

Frogfishes are characterized by their odd appearance. Honestly, did you notice you were staring at a frogfish the first time you saw one? Their camouflage skills are incredible! Frogfishes can adapt to simple backgrounds, but are also able to grow bumps, warts, hairs and flaps! That’s the reason it’s hard to identify them. Different species can look similar because of this ability. You might think you’re staring at a Painted Frogfish when it’s actually a Warty Frogfish. Simply amazing!

Furthermore, Frogfishes love to go fishing. Yes, a fish that goes fishing! They have their own fishing gear to catch their preys: they have a rod and a lure on their heads (the first of their dorsal spines). They normally find themselves a convenient spot, stay there and hunt. They are one of the best ambush predators of all fishes: they can catch a fish out of a school without the other fish noticing it!

With their ability to camouflage and adjust themselves to their environment, they can stay in the same spot for quite a while, keeping themselves safe from other predators!

So, calling them Anglerfish now makes more sense, right?

Some general facts!

  • There are 47 different, acknowledged species of Frogfishes. Can you name them all?
  • Frogfishes vary in size from 0.5 inch (the Randall’s Frogfish) to 20 inch (the Commerson’s/Giant Frogfish).

  • Frogfishes can be found in many places: coral reefs, seagrass beds or a sandy bottom.
  • The mouth of a frogfish can expand up to 12 times its original size and swallow a pray that’s twice as big as its own body!

Visit Magic Oceans Anda, Bohol and Magic Island Moalboal, Cebu… find out more at www.magicresorts.online.

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Magic Resorts Philippines has two dive resorts: Magic Oceans Anda, Bohol and Magic Island Moalboal, Cebu. Have the Magic experience in two different locations. Rely on the same atmosphere, service and standards during every vacation! Blogs are supported by Marlon Managa, Dive Master and Marine Biologist at Magic Oceans.

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Take an immersive dive below the waves off the Welsh coast using 360 VR: Common Spider Crab (Watch Video)

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A week-long series from Jake Davies…

Below the waves off the Welsh coast, there are a range of species and habitats that can be seen. However, you don’t have to venture too far from the shore to see them or don’t have to leave the comfort of your home. Using 360 videos provides an immersive feeling of being below the water and encountering many species and habitats from diving one of the most important habitats and species that aren’t often seen whilst diving. For more of an experience of being below the waves, the VR videos can be viewed using a VR headset.

Take a VR dive just off the shore and explore what can be found within the shallow waters of a sandy beach. Fish can be founding cruising amongst the seaweed and numerous crustacean (Crabs, lobster, prawns, shrimps) species can be found walking around the seafloor. Common Spider Crabs (Maja brachydactyla) are one of the largest crabs species found along the coast and during the early summer, they aggregate in large numbers to moult which allows them to grow.


Follow Jake aka JD Scuba on the YouTube channel @Don’t Think Just Blog.

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Jeff chats to… Brendon Sing, Director of Shark Guardian (Watch Video)

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In this exclusive Zoom interview, Jeff Goodman, Scubaverse Editor-at-Large, chats to Brendon Sing, Director of Shark Guardian, a UK Charity working for shark and marine conservation worldwide.

Brendon Sing is from South Africa and has been diving and researching sharks for over 25 years. Whilst achieving the highest qualifications in the scuba diving industry, he has been leading participants on shark diving expeditions from Africa to Asia with a strong focus on conservation, education and research. Together with his wife Liz, Brendon created Shark Guardian as a UK Charity in 2013. His goal is to inspire everyone worldwide to protect sharks – our ocean guardians. Shark Guardian has four main operational arms including (1) Conservation activities and campaigns, (2) educational programs and developing materials, (3) Research through citizen science and (4) shark diving expeditions.

Find out more at www.sharkguardian.org.


Rather listen to a podcast? Listen to the audio HERE on the new Scubaverse podcast channel at Anchor FM.

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Explore the amazing triangle of Red Sea Reefs - The Brothers, Daedalus and Elphinstone on board the brand new liveaboard Big Blue.  With an option to add on a week at Roots Red Sea before or after. 

Strong currents and deep blue water are the catalysts that bring the pelagic species flocking to these reefs. The reefs themselves provide exquisite homes for a multitude of marine life.  The wafting soft corals are adorned with thousands of colourful fish. The gorgonian fans and hard corals provide magnificent back drops, all being patrolled by the reef’s predatory species.

£1475 per person based on double occupancy.  Soft all inclusive board basis, buffet meals with snacks, tea and coffee always available.  Add a week on at Roots Red Sea Resort before or after the liveaboard for just £725pp.  Flights and transfers are included.  See our brochure linked above for the full itinerary.

This trip will be hosted by The Scuba Place.  Come Dive with Us!

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