Beneath the wave of Puerto Galera

A Clark’s anemonefish, Amphiprion clarkii hides among stinging tentacles of a Leathery Sea Anemone Heteractis sebae, forming a symbiotic relationship. The body of anemonefish is covered with protective mucous, which prevent it from getting stung.

A colourful nudibranch, Thecacera sp., which is dubbed as Pikachu nudibranch due to its resemblance of the cartoon character, rests atop a piece of rubble.

A juvenile broadclub cuttlefish, Sepia latimanus snatchs the meal, a small shrimp with its tentacles.

A peacock mantis shrimp, Odontodactylus scyllarus emerges from its burrow. This colourful crustacean possesses one of the fastest strikes in the animal kingdom, using its raptorial appendages to shatter its prey.

A school of young striped eel catfish, Plotosus lineatus, a species of marine catfishes, which inhabits the coral reefs of Indo-Pacific.

A close up view of the polyps of a honeycomb coral, Favite sp. colony.

A ghost goby, Pleurosicya sp. and a crinoid seek shelter in a barrel sponge, Xestospongia testudinaria.

A variegated lizardfish, Synodus variegatus, with colour patterns, which help it camouflage in the benthic environment.

A pair of Coleman’s shrimp, Periclimenes colemani inhabit on a fire urchin Asthenosoma varium gaining protection from the venomous spines.

A frogfish, Antennarius sp. crawls on the sand toward the camera. Most frogfish species can use their strong pectoral fins to “walk” on the substrate.

A reef stonefish Synanceia verrucosa camouflages itself under the sand, waiting in ambush for unsuspecting preys. The dorsal fin spines of all stonefish species contain potent venom, which is injected when stepped on by human, leading to excruciating pain or even death.

A banded sea krait, Laticauda colubrine swims straight into the camera. Band sea krait is a highly venomous species like most sea snakes, however it is quite docile and rarely bite human.

Right off the shore of the famous nightlife hotspot, Puerto Galera showcases the biodiversity of marine life of the Philippines Sea.