We were very keen to get out to Cook Island this month. I’ve been browsing my dive photo library and discovered that November is the month that we usually spot Mantis Shrimps. I just love these critters and they are extremely photogenic. Alas, there were no Mantis Shrimps to be seen, but here is a photo from a previous year.
We still had a great dive. We were under water for over an hour and saw critters we haven’t seen before, or have rarely seen, at Cook Island. We think it was because of the conditions. Visibility was limited to 5 meters, the top 5 metres were very murky, but clearer at the bottom (10 meters). Consequently it was more like a night dive.
Our best find was a Smooth Box Crab, a critter we have never seen before. We spent a lot of time watching this critter. Note, it only has one eye.
There were lots of other crabs and shrimps about as well….
At first glance, this sea cucumber appeared to be covered in some sort of growth, however on close inspection we discovered it was infested with tiny shrimp like creatures.
Now for the beautiful critters.