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Log Date: Monday, May 07, 2018
Entry By: Indo Aggressor crew









 




The Indo Aggressor

Cruising Komodo, May 2018

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Your itinerary in brief

Dive Day 1: 7th May 2018. Sebayor.

16:00: Dive 1 – Sebayor Kecil

Dive Day 2: 8th May 2018. Horse Shoe Bay (South Rinca).

07:15: Dive 2 – Cannibal Rock

10:30: Dive 3 – Yellow Wall

14:30: Dive 4 – Crinoid Canyon

18:15: Dive 5 – Torpedo Alley.

Dive Day 3: 9th May 2018. Langkoi (South Komodo) & Padar.

07:15: Dive 6 – Manta Alley

10:30: Dive 7 – Manta Alley

14:30: Dive 8 – W-Reef

18:15: Dive 9 – Pink Beach Critters.

Dive Day 4: 10th May 2018. Linta Straight.

07:15: Dive 10 – Batu Bolong

10:30: Dive 11 – Tatawa Besar

14:30: Dive 12 – Siaba Kecil

18:15: Dive 13 – GLD

Dive Day 5: 11th May 2018. Linta straight & Wainilu.

07:00: Dive 14 – Tatawa Kecil

10:30: Dive 15 – Karang Makasar (manta point)

14:30: Dragon Walk Loh Buaya.

18:15: Dive 16 & 17 – Wainilu.

 

Dive Day 6: 12th May 2018. Gili Lawa Laut.

07:15: Dive 18 – Castle Rock

10:30: Dive 19 – Shotgun

14:30: Dive 20 – Crystal Rock

18:15: Dive 21 – Spanish Step

Dive Day 7: 13th May 2018. Gili Banta.

07:15: Dive 22 – West Point

10:30: Dive 23 – Rollercoaster

14:30: Dive 24 – K2

18:15: Dive 25 – The Circus

Dive Day 8: 14th May 2018. Sangeang Volcano.

08:00: Dive 26 – Black Magyk

11:00: Dive 27 – Teckno Reef

14:00: Dive 28 – Bonto

17:00: Dive 29 – Bonto

Dive Day 9: 15th May 2018. Moyo Island.

08:00: Dive 30 – Angel Reef

11:00: Dive 31 – Long Reef

Dive Day 10: 16th May 2018. Padangbay Bali.

07:15: Dive 32 – Gili Tepekong

10:30: Dive 33 – Gili Nimpang

17th May 2018 Bali.      

Departure Bali

Cruise Overview

Our cruise for the next ten days started off in the small harbour town of Labuan Bajo. It is here where all the guest boarded the Indo Aggressor. After having setup all dive equipment, enjoyed lunch and listened to the general briefing it was about 2pm we headed for Sebayor Kecil for our check-out dive. After completing our check-out dive we pulled the anchor and headed for the Horseshoe Bay south of Rinca Island.

When we woke up the following morning we had already arrived in the Horseshoe Bay, we started the day with one of the best sites in the Komodo National Park called Cannibal Rock other dive sites that were offered were Yellow Wall, Crinoid Canyon and Torpedo Alley. After we finished our third dive we headed out in the tenders to the beach to meet the Komodo Dragons up close.

The following morning, we headed for Langkoi Bay which is located south of Komodo Island. Here we did two dives at Manta Alley and we were in luck for these two dives as we had about five or six giant mantas circling us for pretty much both dives. We then headed out of the Langkoi Bay and headed for Padar, here we dived W-Reef and did the famous hike on the Padar Mountain.

We then left the southern part of the Komodo National Park and for the next three days we were diving in the central and northern part of the Komodo National Park. We dived all of the best sites including, Batu Bolong, Tatawa Besar, Tatawa Kecil, Siaba Kecil, Castle Rock, Crystal Rock and Shotgun. On May 11th we also headed over to the ranger station on Loh Buaya for our official dragon trekking experience.

On May 13th we arrived just outside the Komodo National Park at an island called Gili Banta. Here we dived some great sites as well including West Point, Rollercoaster, K2 and The Circus. It was on Rollercoaster were we had sightings of pygmy seahorses and manta rays. At The Circus is were we went on a hunt for stargazers.

The following morning when we woke up we had arrived at the Sangeang, a Volcano with two craters and that rises about 3000 metres above sea level. Our plan was to start of diving at Hot Rocks but, due to big swells we were not able to do so. We started of diving at Black Magyk which offered some fantastic critter diving. Our second dive was at Teckno Reef another great critter dive but it is here were some of us got surprised by a whaleshark!!! For the third and fourth dive we headed over to the west side of the Sangeang Volcano and dived in front of the Bonto village.

Once we finished our fourth dive at Sangeang at about 6pm it was time to load up the tenders and start our long journey to Moyo Island.

The following morning, we arrived in Moyo Island at about 07:30 and went for our first dive around 8am, dive sites that were offered were Angel Reef and Long Reef. After we finished up our two dives we hoisted the sails and started our 18 hour cruise to Bali.

We arrived at the Gili Tepekong around 6am and on time for our first dive of the day, Our final dive of the trip was at Gili Nimpang, three small pinnacles that immerge from the water. After we finished our diving activities it was time to head for Benoa Harbour. Sadly tomorrow its check-out day in Bali.

 

7th May 2018

Dive 1: Sebayor Kecil

Time in: 16:00. Water temperature: 28°C.Visibility: excellent.

Today is arrival day and we welcomed 13 guest on the Indo Aggressor. Since everyone arrived very early we had the opportunity to leave the harbour at 13:00 and head to Sebayor Kecil to get our check-out dive in.

Location: the entry point to this easy going check out dive is about halfway the north facing shore line and actually marked by a small buoy.

Dive type: We started our check-out dive on the sand close to the beach. After the dive guides made sure everyone was ok we started our dive on this pretty loping reef. In about 15 metres of water is where you can find many large coral heads inhabited by glass fish. On the sand there is a good possibility of spotting jaw fish and in the shallow part of the dive site in the soft coral we saw three broadclub cuttlefish.

Special marine life: cuttlefish laying eggs, jawfish, nudibranchs and decorated crabs.

 

8th May 2018

Dive 2: Cannibal Rock

Time in: 07:15 Water temperature: 24°C. Visibility: Marginal

After we finished up our check-out dive we left Sebayor and made our way down the Linta straight to Horseshoe Bay which is South Rinca.

Location: Cannibal Rock is a fully submerged reef that is located in the waterway close to two dome shaped rocks that separate the two beaches with dragon activity.

Dive type: Cannibal Rock is a fully submerged reef that is covered in corals from 2 metres till about 25 metres. The reef is mainly a slope with here and there large boulders that have been overgrown with corals and sponges. This site is a good site to spot ladybugs, nudibranchs, shrimp and occasionally white and black tip reef sharks. If there is a strong current than this would also be a good site for schooling goat and surgeon fish.

Special marine life: black tips, hawksbill turtles, nudibranchs, mantis shrimp and sea apples.

 

Dive 3: Yellow Wall

Time In: 10:30. Visibility: marginal Water Temperature: 24°C

Our second dive was again in the Horseshoe bay at a site called Yellow Wall, We didn’t have to relocate the main vessel for this dive but since there was not a lot of wind the captain decided to relocate the vessel close the beach with dragon activity.

Location: Yellow Wall is located at the south eastern side of the eastern entrance of the horseshoe bay waterway.

Dive type: Yellow Wall starts of as a sloping reef with some small coral heads here and there, as you follow the reef along you’ll end up on the first wall which is completely covered in yellow, green and orange soft coral. As you follow this colourful wall further you’ll end up on a sandy/rubble reef slope with some spectacular coral heads that are completely covered in anthias and glass fish.

Special marine life: hawksbill, nudibranchs, mantis shrimp and white tips.

 

Dive 4: Crinoid Canyon

Time in: 14:30. Water temperature: 24°C.Visibility: Marginal.

After enjoying a great lunch aboard the Indo Aggressor it was time for our third dive of the day at Crinoid Canyon.

Location: Close to the western side of the eastern entrance to the horseshoe bay waterway.

Dive type: Crinoid Canyon is a steep sloping reef that as the name suggests is completely covered in crinoids of all colours till about 15 metres, if you explore this dive site a little deeper you’ll see large coral heads and many schooling glass fish around them.

Special marine life: leaf scorpionfish, sea apples, nudibranchs and mantis shrimp.

 

Dive 5: Torpedo Alley

Time in: 18:15. Water temperature: 24°C.Visibility: Marginal.

After we finished our third dive of the day we all headed out with the tenders to one of the beaches with a lot of dragon activity. At first it seemed that there were not going to be any dragons but soon enough they all came out of the bushes to come and meet us.

Location: along the Rinca shoreline deep inside the horseshoe bay.

Dive type: Torpedo Alley is a great critter dive over black sand and one of photographers favourites inside the Komodo National Park.

Special marine life: squid, cuttlefish, mantis shrimp, bobbitworm and many different nudibranchs.

 

9th May 2018

Dive 6 & 7: Manta Alley

Time in: 07:15 – 10:30. Water temperature: 25°C. Visibility: Marginal.

Early this morning we left Horseshoe Bay and headed east to Langkoi Bay which is located south of Komodo Island. At this place we planned to do 2 dives at Manta Alley hoping to spot the gentle giants.

Location: South of Komodo island

Dive type: Manta Alley consists out of a rocky reef and slope, large submerged boulders that create a channel underwater where swells can be very strong. During our dives we started on the protected north east side of the three hump rock and within minutes spotted our first manta rays on the deep cleaning stations. During our second dive we swam trough the shallow channel and spotted about 5 giant manta rays getting cleaned.

Special marine life: reef mantas, oceanic mantas and a couple of white tip reef sharks.

 

Dive 8: W – Reef

Time in: 14:30. Water temperature: 26°C.Visibility: Marginal.

After our first two dives at Manta Alley we left Langkoi Bay and the plan was to head up to the pink beach for the 3rd and night dive, unfortunately we encountered strong winds and high seas and decided to head to Padar instead.

Location: 300 metres east of Padar Kecil

Dive type: 3 fully submerged pinnacles form this stunning reef system. Every pinnacle is covered with huge table corals on the top and beautiful soft corals on the wall sides of the pinnacles. On the sand where it bottoms out there are often sleeping white tip reef sharks and there is a good possibility for schooling surgeon fish.

Special marine life: white tips, schooling rabbit fish, mantis shrimp and many nudibranchs.

 

Dive 9: Pasir Putih

Time in: 18:15. Water temperature: 26°C.Visibility: Marginal

After we finished our third dive we all changed quick and prepared our self for our first hike of this trip, the hike to the top of Padar. Once we got back we changed into our wetsuits to go for our night dive at Pasir putih.

Location: in front of the beach of Padar Kecil.

Dive type: Pasir Putih is a sandy reef slope with at the start of the dive some large coral boulders, as you continue you’ll swim past a mini wall and from there make your way into the deep to find some smaller coral heads which are usually good for giant frogfish. If you continue another 10-15 minutes you’ll end up on the small wreck of what used to be an old fishing boat.

Special marine life: flying gurnard, frogfish, ribbon eels and nudibranchs.

 

10th May 2018

Dive 10: Batu Bolong

Time in: 07:15. Water temperature: 28°C.Visibility: good.

In the early hours this morning we pulled up the anchor and used the rising tide to make our way back to the central area of the Komodo National Park. Our first dive site was at the incredible pinnacle called Batu Bolong!

Location: small pinnacle right in the middle of the linta straight.

Dive type: Batu Bolong is usually dived on the lee side of the pinnacle due to the strong currents that run through the linta straight. We were very lucky during our trip that we didn’t have the super strong currents and were able to swim all the way around the pinnacle. We got part sloping reef, wall, gully’s and some huge boulders in the deeper part of the dive site. The top part of the reef is covered in super healthy colourful corals and loads of fish, schooling anthias, sergeant majors and fuseliers.

Special marine life: white tip reef sharks, napoleon wrasse, nudibranchs, hawksbill turtles and giant trevally’s.

 

Dive 11: Tatawa Besar

Time in: 10:30. Water temperature: 28°C.Visibility: good.

For our second dive we only had to move about 45 miles north east to reach Tatawa Besar.

Location: The dive site at Tatawa Besar start in front of the beach with the small tree.

Dive type: Tatawa Besar offers a gradual sandy reef slope with large coral heads on it. Most of these corals heads are beautifully covered in orange, yellow and pink soft corals. The staghorn coral in the shallow area is also worth checking out with usually hawksbill turtles hanging out there and lots of anthias.

Special marine life: white and black tip reef sharks, leaf scorpion fish and hawksbill turtles.

 

Dive 12: Siaba Kecil

Time in: 14:30. Water temperature: 28°C.Visibility: good.

Our third dive of the day was south of Tatawa and was at Siaba Kecil.

Location: Falling tide so started on the north side on the inside of Siaba Kecil.

Dive type: Siaba Kecil is a nice gentle drift dive over a nice healthy reef, schools of oriental sweetlips, surgeon fish and midnight snappers can be seen here. On the reef it self there is a good possibility for hawksbill turtles and white tips hiding in the small ledges.

Special marine life: black tip reef sharks, spotted eagle rays, hawksbill turtles and lobsters.

 

Dive 13: GLD Bay.

Time in: 18:15. Water temperature: 28°C.Visibility: good.

For the night dive we moved our operation to the northern side of the Komodo National Park to a place called Gili Lawa Darat.

Location: GLD Bay is in the bay were most of the day tour boats are anchored.

Dive type: Sandy reef slope with unfortunately a lot of trash, around this trash and sometimes in side you can find many special critters like coconut octopus, cuttlefish, bamboo sharks and sometimes sea horses.

Special marine life: octopus, cuttlefish, nudibranchs, bobtail squid and some lobsters.

 

11th May 2018

Dive 14: Tatawa Kecil

Time in: 07:15. Water temperature: 28°C.Visibility: good.

At about 5:30 this morning we pulled up the anchor and headed to Tatawa Kecil.  

Location: Tatawa Kecil is the small rock next to Tatawa Besar, start the dive on the most northern point during a rising tide.

Dive type: Tatawa Kecil offers a steep reef slope for the first 8 metres from there it’s a gentle slope with here and there some ledges, small caves and some giant coral boulders in the deeper water. The shallow area is very colourful with many different types of hard and soft coral surrounded by clouds of anthias.

Special marine life: spotted eagle rays, napoleon wrasse, schooling midnight and black snappers.

 

Dive 15: Karang Makasar

Time in: 10:30. Water temperature: 28°C.Visibility: good.

After finishing up an excellent dive at Tatawa Kecil it was time to head over to Karang Makasar or Manta Point in the hope to spot many of these gentle giants.

Location: Karang Makasar is located in the middle of the linta straight close to two small islands, easily to recognize due to the many snorkelling boats that come here to see mantas.

Dive type: rubble sloping reef that is dived very shallow 7 – 12 metres, Along the rubble there are many large coral heads that act as manta ray cleaning stations. Unfortunately during our dive we didn’t see any manta rays.

Special marine life: white tips, giant trevallies, hawksbill turtles and a spotted eagle ray.

 

Dive 16 & 17: Wainilu

Time in: 14:30 – 18:15. Water temperature: 28°C.Visibility: good.

After we finished our third dive we headed south east to Wainilu this is where we anchored the yacht in preparation of our official dragon trekking experience. Most of the guest come ashore to see the Komodo dragons, others had already been here before and preferred to do a dive at Wainilu.

Location: Wainilu is a small island on the north side of Rinca.

Dive type: Sandy reef slope with small rocks and quite a lot of vegetation make this for an excellent critter dive site. Our guest who dived this site during the day were very lucky spotting frogfish, seahorse and even a wunderpus. During the night dive we saw many of those critters and more.

Special marine life: wunderpus, frogfish, thorny seahorse, nudibranchs, shrimp, Spanish dancer, coleman shrimp and zebracrabs.

 

12th May 2018

Dive 18: Castle Rock

Time in: 07:15. Water temperature: 28°C.Visibility: good.

This morning we arrived at Gili Lawa Laut around 6:30 in the morning to check out the conditions at Castle and Crystal rock, two of the best dive sites that the Komodo National Park has to offer. After assessing the conditions at both dive sites we decided it would be best to start diving at Castle Rock.

Location: Fully submerged reef north of Gili Lawa Laut.

Dive type: As mentioned before, Castle Rock is completely submerged and is easiest found with a GPS. During our dive we didn’t encounter any strong current so we were free to swim around this dome shaped rock as we pleased. Along the way we saw big schools of surgeon fish, sailfin snappers and barracuda. On the reef itself we saw many white tip reef sharks as well as moray eels and even a couple octopus.

Special marine life: white tip reef sharks, black tip reef sharks, napoleon wrasse and octopus.

 

Dive 19: Shotgun

Time in: 10:30. Water temperature: 28°C.Visibility: good.

Our second dive was the famous drift dive called shotgun.

Location: shotgun is the channel between Gili Lawa Darat and Gili Lawa Laut.

Dive type: At Shotgun you start your dive on a beautiful reef slope and as you follow this reef slope down into the deeper area you’ll see some really nice large coral heads that are covered in glass fish. From here we headed into the fish bowl and spotted a couple of reef sharks, when we headed into the channel we hooked our reef hooks and hung out with a manta ray for about 10 minutes.

Special marine life: black and white tips, manta ray, giant trevally and hawksbill turtles.

 

Dive 20: Crystal Rock

Time in: 07:15. Water temperature: 24°C.Visibility: good.

Our third day dive was another stunning pinnacle dive called Crystal Rock.

Location: Crystal Rock is north of Gili Lawa Laut and easily recognized by the small rock sticking out of the water.

Dive type: We started our dive on the west side of the rock and drifted to the sea mount at about 15 metres, this is where we hooked in and hung out for a bit in the hope to spot some reef sharks hunting in the current. From there we headed back to the main reef which is covered in many different colours of soft corals and clouds of anthias around it. Some of us were even lucky enough with a spotted eagle ray coming super close for some nice pictures.

Special marine life: white and black tips, spotted eagle rays, napoleon wrasse and giant trevally’s

 

Dive 21: Spanish Step

Time in: 10:30. Water temperature: 24°C.Visibility: good.

Before we went out for our night dive we decided to go for yet another hike on Gili Lawa Darat. This hike is a little shorter than the one on Padar but the way up is a lot steeper, once we reached the top we were rewarded with a stunning view over the GLD Bay. On our way back to the main vessel we were accompanied by 6 bottlenose dolphins that wanted to play, Anastasia didn’t have a mask but couldn’t resist jumping in the water to swim with the dolphins for about 10 minutes.

Location: Spanish Step is on the most northern part of Komodo Island.

Dive type: Sloping coral reef that bottoms out at about 18 metres. When we started the dive we immediately saw a large nurse shark swimming over the reef. As went along we also had some sightings of Spanish dancers, nudibranchs and some small octopus.

Special marine life: Spanish dancers, octopus, nurse shark and nudibranchs.

 

13th May 2018

Dive 22: West Point

Time in: 07:15. Water temperature: 28°C.Visibility: good.

Location: as the name suggests west point is the western point of Gili Banta.

Dive type: This is another dive site with many manta ray cleaning stations, on top of that it’s also a very healthy coral reef. Unfortunately, we didn’t have any manta ray sightings during our dive but we did see a couple of banded sea snakes, turtles, white tip reef sharks and some moray eels.

Special marine life: banded sea snakes, turtles, white tips and moray eels.

 

Dive 23: Rollercoaster

Time in: 10:30. Water temperature: 28°C.Visibility: good.

For our second and third dive we moved the yacht to the northern bay of Gili Banta and dropped anchor.

Location: Rollercoaster is on the north eastern point of Gili Banta.

Dive type: This beautiful reef starts of as a reef slope covered in clouds of anthias. As we go along in a northern direction the reef changes pretty fast into a stunning wall that is covered in large barrel sponges and table corals, on the sea fans we found a couple of pygmy sea horses and towards the end of the dive on the sloping reef we spotted a black manta ray.

Special marine life: manta, pygmy seahorse, moray eels, schooling jacks and nudibranchs.

 

Dive 24: K2

Time in: 14:30. Water temperature: 28°C.Visibility: good.

After enjoying a nice lunch and a short nap it was time for our third dive at K2.

Location: K2 is inside the most northern bay of Gili Banta on the east side, easy to recognize due to the rock outcropping.

Dive type: Sandy and rubble reef slope with in the deep end large coral heads that often are home to large schools of glass fish, on these coral heads there is a good possibility of finding leaf scorpion fish and sometimes we spot large frogfish as well. As you continue your dive you’ll find a mini wall and around the corner from that is a beautiful coral garden, perfect to finish your dive.

Special marine life:

 

Dive 25: The Circus

Time in: 18:15. Water temperature: 28°C.Visibility: good.

For the night dive we had to move our operation a bit to the east of the bay. Once we arrived we headed over to the beach to see if there was a possibility for another hike.

Location: north eastern tip of Gili Banta inside the bay.

Dive type: The Circus is a dive over white sand with here and there some small coral heads, on the outsides of the reef there is a coral reef starting but the most interesting part of this reef is the sand. On the sand there is a possibility of finding spiny devil fish, stone fish and usually there is a lot of lionfish hunting in your light.

Special marine life: lionfish, stargazers, stonefish and spiny devil fish.

 

 

14th May 2018

Dive 26: Black Magyk

Time in: 08:00. Water temperature: 28°C. Visibility: Good.

In the early hours we arrived at Sangeang volcano and due to the rough ocean conditions we decided to start of diving at Black Magyk.

Location: north side of Sangeang.

Dive type: Black Magyk starts off in a sand bowl that is about 60 metres across, on either side of the bowl there is a very pretty and colourful reef starting. We usually spend the first 20 minutes on the sand hunting for critters and then continue our dive on the reef.

Special marine life: nudibranchs, leaf scorpion fish, octopus and dragon shrimp.

 

Dive 27: Teckno Reef

Time in: 11:00. Water temperature: 28°C. Visibility: Good.

For the second dive we moved our operation about 1 nm west to Teckno Reef.

Location: 1nm west of Black Magyk

Dive type: At Teckno Reef you start your dive in front of the river bed. Here we started of our dive on a sandy reef slope. As we followed the reef along in the shallow area you’ll end up on a mini wall that is great for spotting nudibranchs, and further into the deep we found large coral heads that had a lot of fish life around it. Towards the end of the dive very unexpected a whale shark passed by our group as well.

Special marine life: WHALE SHARK!!!, mating octopus, nudibranchs and pygmy seahorses.

 

Dive 28 & 29: Bonto

Time in: 14:00 – 17:00. Water temperature: 28°C. Visibility: Good.

Our third and fourth dive was on the west side of the Sangeang volcano in front of the Bonto Village.

Location: West Sangeang in front of the village.

Dive type: gradual reef slope made out of black sand and volcanic rock, some places in the shallow area were you can see sulphuric gas escape trough the sand. The deeper area has a lot of small and large rocks scattered over the reef that act as great hiding spots for the small critters.

Special marine life:

 

15th May 2018

Dive 30: Angel Reef

Time in: 08:00. Water temperature: 28°C. Visibility: Good.

Location: Moyo Island

Dive type: Submerged reef with the top of the reef at about 2 metres, during low tide a little bit of the reef sticks out of the water. During our dive we started on the west side of Angel Reef, From there we followed the reef on our left shoulder and soon saw a steep reef slope with here and there some nice overhang.

Special marine life: White tips, hawksbill turtles and scorpionfish.

 

Dive 31: Long Reef

Time in: 11:00. Water temperature: 28°C. Visibility: Good.

Location: Moyo Island

Dive type: Long Reef is yet another fully submerged reef and is shaped like a blade. During our dive we started of in the middle due to some strange currents on this dive site. From there we drifted either left or right. Top of the reef is mainly coral rubble, the deeper area offers some nice coral heads.

Special marine life: ribbon eels, scorpionfish, giant trevally and eagle ray.

 

16th May 2018

Dive 32: Gili Tepekong

Time in: 07:15. Water temperature: 28°C. Visibility: Good.

Location: East Bali

Dive type: Gili Tepekong is a large dome shaped rock that sticks out of the water just north of Padang Bay. The first part of the reef is very rocky, in the deeper area you can find some large coral heads with many crinoids on them. At about 16 metres there is a nice swim trough, from there the reef turns into a wall were there is a possibility of seeing Mola Mola.

Special marine life: white tip, octopus and leaf scorpion fish.

 

Dive 33: Gili Nimpang

Time in: 11:00. Water temperature: 28°C. Visibility: Good.

Location: East Bali

Dive type: Gili Nimpang are three small pinnacles sticking out of the water just north of Padang Bay. The reef is a rubble sloping reef with large and small coral heads and offers plenty of life.

Special marine life: scorpion fish, moray eels, nudibranchs and leaf scorpion fish.