There were lots of creatures living on the bottom, whether on the bottom of a part of the wreck or on the sea floor proper. One of them was the relatively hard-to-spot snowflake moray eel with its startled expression.
Other eels included the ribbon eel, like this yellow female…
… and this black juvenile.
Ribbon eels have a characteristic way of moving in and out of their holes, probably partly moving with the surge and partly to act like a lure for its prey.
Yet other eels we saw were the incredibly shy garden eels. It was impossible to get any closer without chasing them back into their holes.
I think these are spotted garden eels, but it’s difficult to tell without a close up picture.
Moving away from the eels, there were other fish that live in holes, like this goby…
… and this yellowbarred jawfish with its characteristic yellow mark on its eye.
Then there were the fish that simply sat on the bottom, never being found more than a few centimetres off the coral. Case in point is the leaf scorpionfish.
At Tulamben, we found the white variation…
… the yellow variation…
… and a red variation. Such was the multitude of fish at Tulamben, it was a fish photo collector’s paradise.
We were also lucky to find a rather hard to find ocellated frogfish. This tiny fella was about an inch or so long and we find him while battling a unexpected strong current. Too bad we weren’t able to stay for too long as I’d certainly like to get a better shot of him.
And last of all was this deeply depressing stonefish. It’s almost perfectly camouflaged, with only its glum downturned mouth to give itself away.