Mabul, near Sipadan, is a great site for macro photography. It had been fished with dynamite, but it is slowly coming back.


Long-beaked coralfish, Chelmon rostratus

needlenose butterfly fish

Most of the fish here were small, like this butterfly.


Chromodoris strigata


Hypselodoris bullocki

nudibranch nudibranch closeup nudibranch and star

Paul's favorite! These animals are related to garden slugs, but are much prettier. One even posed with a sea star!

Peacock Mantis Shrimp, Odontodactylus scyllarus

mantis shrimp

The mantis shrimp lives in a hole. It is unusual to see one out walking. They are very fast and have very powerful claws, strong enough to break bones.

Chambered Nautilus, Nautilus pompilius

chambered nautilus

Paul had always wanted to see a chambered nautilus. They live in very deep water. The fishermen set traps for them. We borrowed this one to photograph.

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