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First night dive in Raja Ampat, Indonesia

Bluespotted ribbontail ray; the most common ray we saw when diving here, they are capable of injuring humans with their venomous tail spines, though they prefer to flee if threatened

Bluespotted ribbontail ray; the most common ray we saw when diving here, they are capable of injuring humans with their venomous tail spines, though they prefer to flee if threatened

La Galigo; our boat had 11 guests and 16 crew members; my cabin is just above the water line in the red section towards the front

La Galigo; our boat had 11 guests and 16 crew members; my cabin is just above the water line in the red section towards the front

Scorpionfish; this highly venomous species is extremely dangerous because they are so well-camouflaged; that's just another reason to never touch anything when you are diving!

Scorpionfish; this highly venomous species is extremely dangerous because they are so well-camouflaged; that's just another reason to never touch anything when you are diving!

Crocodilefish; in the same family with scorpionfish, this highly camouflaged species typically grows to about 18 inches long; they are carnivorous with their diet based on small fish and crustaceans

Crocodilefish; in the same family with scorpionfish, this highly camouflaged species typically grows to about 18 inches long; they are carnivorous with their diet based on small fish and crustaceans

Longlegged spiny lobster; it was much more difficult to see species on our night dives but they were often very different from those we saw during the day

Longlegged spiny lobster; it was much more difficult to see species on our night dives but they were often very different from those we saw during the day

I thought this was a really cool sea cucumber, but the dive experts on the boat say it's a sea anemone that's just closed for the night; I'm not a fan of night dives but we had some good ones

I thought this was a really cool sea cucumber, but the dive experts on the boat say it's a sea anemone that's just closed for the night; I'm not a fan of night dives but we had some good ones

Clouded lizardfish; this species uses camouflage to wait for their prey and are known to eat other fish; at times, they will bury themselves in the sand with just their heads sticking out

Clouded lizardfish; this species uses camouflage to wait for their prey and are known to eat other fish; at times, they will bury themselves in the sand with just their heads sticking out

Helmet gurnard; the pectoral fins are usually held against the body, but when threatened they can expand their wings (fins) to scare off a predator; the pelvic fins act like legs as the fish walks along the bottom of the ocean

Helmet gurnard; the pectoral fins are usually held against the body, but when threatened they can expand their wings (fins) to scare off a predator; the pelvic fins act like legs as the fish walks along the bottom of the ocean

Midnight snapper juvenile; our dive director was from Singapore and spoke perfect English while the 3 divemasters spoke limited English and the rest of the crew practically no English

Midnight snapper juvenile; our dive director was from Singapore and spoke perfect English while the 3 divemasters spoke limited English and the rest of the crew practically no English

I had my own cabin on the boat and slept diagonally so I wouldn't hit my head on the other bed; when it rained (which was often), I had a serious leak between the bed and the bathroom

I had my own cabin on the boat and slept diagonally so I wouldn't hit my head on the other bed; when it rained (which was often), I had a serious leak between the bed and the bathroom

Posted by VagabondCowboy 19:39

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