Underwater Photo of a Clown Fish in the Philippines

Clown Fish Dive at Sumilon Island: Dumaguete Day Trip



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The last field trip for Dr. Johnston’s class in the Philippines was a return to Sumilon Island. This time the students had underwater writing tablets and took down observations about whichever species of fish or coral they chose to study. Meanwhile I circulated around and took more photos of the many different species that live in Sumilon’s sanctuary.

  • Sumilon Island - Mid-January 2005

    Sumilon Island - Mid-January 2005
    Unlike the first trip to Sumilon with Dr. Johnston's class, on the second go 'round the students had learned how to walk on the surface of the water with their scuba gear on.

  • Sumilon Island - Mid-January 2005

    Sumilon Island - Mid-January 2005
    I'll say it again, this sure beats sitting in an amphitheater looking at Power point slides.

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  • Sumilon Island - Mid-January 2005

    Sumilon Island - Mid-January 2005
    This photo looks like a Far Side cartoon to me. I'm imagining that these skunk clown fish are taking turns sledding down their anemone on their bellies. The fellow at the top of the "hill" might be waiting his turn until his buddy sleds to the bottom.

  • Sumilon Island - Mid-January 2005

    Sumilon Island - Mid-January 2005
    Taking a breather after the underwater sleigh ride.

  • Sumilon Island - Mid-January 2005

    Sumilon Island - Mid-January 2005
    Maybe he was surprised that their underwater shenanigans were caught on film.

  • Sumilon Island - Mid-January 2005

    Sumilon Island - Mid-January 2005
    This wrasse was really curious and swam very close several times to inspect what I was doing so far under the surface.

  • Sumilon Island - Mid-January 2005

    Sumilon Island - Mid-January 2005
    Here's a few more Sumilon clown fish.

  • Sumilon Island - Mid-January 2005

    Sumilon Island - Mid-January 2005
    We had lunch on the Sumilon beach again.

  • Sumilon Island - Mid-January 2005

    Sumilon Island - Mid-January 2005
    After lunch it was back under the sea to explore some more. This skunk clown fish was interested in us as we checked out his anemone home.

  • Sumilon Island - Mid-January 2005

    Sumilon Island - Mid-January 2005
    This green anemone has a nice contrast with the bright orange clown fish.

  • Sumilon Island - Mid-January 2005

    Sumilon Island - Mid-January 2005
    Like I think I mentioned in the first photo journal about Sumilon, there are a lot of clown fish that live there.

  • Sumilon Island - Mid-January 2005

    Sumilon Island - Mid-January 2005
    This lionfish came pretty close to inspect the camera.

  • Sumilon Island - Mid-January 2005

    Sumilon Island - Mid-January 2005
    But then it swam away and seemed to attach itself to the side of the coral wall.

  • Sumilon Island - Mid-January 2005

    Sumilon Island - Mid-January 2005
    On this last dive trip in the Philippines, the students took notes underwater on specific species of fish or coral that they chose to study.

  • Sumilon Island - Mid-January 2005

    Sumilon Island - Mid-January 2005
    Here's a shot of a skunk clown fish.

  • Sumilon Island - Mid-January 2005

    Sumilon Island - Mid-January 2005
    I like the way the back fins of this lionfish sort of match up with the silhouette of the coral wall behind.

  • Sumilon Island - Mid-January 2005

    Sumilon Island - Mid-January 2005
    I think this may be the first time I got a shot of a lion fish swimming directly towards me. It almost looks like it has wings.

  • Sumilon Island - Mid-January 2005

    Sumilon Island - Mid-January 2005
    From this perspective the lion fish looks almost like an underwater bat.

  • Sumilon Island - Mid-January 2005

    Sumilon Island - Mid-January 2005
    The bright colors of this anemone made for a dramatic photo.

  • Sumilon Island - Mid-January 2005

    Sumilon Island - Mid-January 2005
    When you get too close to it, this anemone will retract its tentacles as a defense mechanism.