Kicking BACK: Camouflaged and (Sometimes) Deadly Fish in the Philippines

Kicking BACK: Camouflaged and (Sometimes) Deadly Fish in the Philippines

Me, caught mid-gesticulation underwater…Note how clear the water is.

I ‘m taking a couple of weeks on my annual dive trip to the Philippines to escape the madness of a water-chucking festival in Thailand, where no work can get done for a couple of weeks as people mass-drench each other on the street, usually with dirty water.

I figure if I’m going to get wet, I may as well dive, right? It’s one thing I love to do, so I’ll take any excuse…

Heading out from Puerto galera to a dive site.

Heading out from Puerto Galera to a dive site.

I thought I’d post these photos of camouflaged fish which I’ve taken in Puerto Galera, on the island of Mindoro, in the Philippines, to see how many keen-eyed readers can spot on their first viewing of each photo.

Underwater, it is almost impossible to spot many of these fish because you can only see a few colours with the naked eye, and they blend in incredibly well. You can only see them in the photos below because of the flash on my camera. Yet many of these fish are so poisonous they could kill you if you accidentally touch them whilst diving, through massive shock and immediate dive complications.

This one's easy only because the fish's eye gives him away. Underwater it was impossible to see him - almost.

This Stone fish is easy to spot only because the fish’s eye gives him away. Underwater it was impossible to see him – almost.

This is also relatively easy - a Snake Eel poking through the sand. He's also covered part of his head with sand to blend in better.

This is also relatively easy (in the photo) – a Snake Eel poking through the sand. He’s also covered part of his head with sand to blend in better.

Fantastic camouflage from this Scorpion fish. Definitely not one to touch underwater...

Fantastic camouflage from this Scorpion fish. Definitely not one to touch underwater…

Another Stonefish, this time on a shipwreck.

Another Stone fish, this time on a shipwreck.

Another deadly Scorpion fish. Even though I took this photo, I can hardly make (literally) head nor tail of it, but here's a clue - it's eye is reflecting white...

Another deadly Scorpion fish. Even though I took this photo, I can hardly make (literally) head nor tail of it, but here’s a clue – it’s eye is reflecting white…

Another Stonefish. Clue - it's got teeth...

Another Stone fish. Clue – it’s got teeth…

Frog fish.

Frog fish.

Lion fish on a wreck.

Lion fish on a ship wreck. This one is easy to see, but I like the blending of its colour to those of the wreck.

Another Scorpion fish - Do not handle...

Another Scorpion fish – Do not accidentally touch…

Not sure but I think these are Crocodile fish.

Not sure but I think these are Crocodile fish.

Another Frog fish.

Another Frog fish.

Scorpion fish.

Scorpion fish.

Surely the best - amazing camouflage fromt his Stone fish on a wreck.

Surely the best – amazing camouflage from this Stone fish on a wreck.

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