A funny thing happened while diving in Secret Bay

In my 3 years of SCUBA, this was definitely the most fascinating (and morbidly awkward-funny) thing I’ve seen for marine behavior.

While diving Secret Bay I noticed a tiny ball that was bobbing furiously up and down from the sand. Its shape was too perfect a sphere to be a piece of coral so I swam nearer. Upon closer inspection, I discovered it to be an inflated puffer fish that was half buried in the sand. This behavior definitely isn’t normal for puffer fish as they only inflate and swim away when they’re threatened. Frankly it looked like it was taking a crap!

I then noticed it trying to push itself out of the substrate, with extreme difficulty! Something was holding it down. Then it dawned on me: it was fighting for its life! Something was dragging it down into the sand for dinner!

Can you guess what we did?

Mostly Everything

Anilao: Bahura, Beatrice Rock, Sepok Wall, Mainit Point and Toro Point

Above, another video I made of my latest underwater sojourn. We were extremely lucky as we saw so many things: several octopus, white and black tip sharks, eels, flamboyant cuttlefish, crabs, a puffed up blowfish and lots of nudibranchs. No mantas though but still! (Watch the video!)

Below, some stills I took from Bahura, Beatrice Rock, Mainit Point and Toro Point. I did an overnight trip with three friends — Kara was home for the holidays so what better way to enjoy the countryside than diving and camping out right beside the ocean in Anilao, Batangas.

Essentially, dives #44 – 47. I’ll be celebrating my 50th dive next!