Snuggled against the reef, a "knit-striped" snake. (Sogod Bay, Leyte, Philippines, February 2008)
Snuggled against the reef, a "knit-striped" snake. (Sogod Bay, Leyte, Philippines, January 2008)

The underwater fauna of Leyte in pictures

Dear English-speaking readers, this page is an automatic Google translation from a post originally written in French. My apologies for the strange sentences and the funny mistakes that could gave been generated during the process. If you can read French, the original and correct version can be found here PetitesBullesdAilleurs.fr

  Philippines: Visayas - February 2008

Without a whale shark, in Sogod Bay (Leyte), I fell back on the small people of the reef ... And there is something to do and observe!

I have not written much since Leyte, where I started my trip to the Philippines, lack of internet connection worthy of the name. But here I am now in Siquijor, where I write from Larena, the port and main city of the island. There is a relatively high speed internet center there that will allow me to send more photos. Here are some images brought back from the reefs of Sogod Bay.

The reign of the "little"

So I was in Leyte, near the town of Padre Burgos, to dive into Sogod Bay. On the spot, I opted for Sogod Bay Scuba Resort. My hope was meet the whale sharks, supposed to frequent the bay in this season. No doubt I was there a little too early, because they were not there yet ..

Fortunately, there were plenty of other creatures in abundance to console me.

A small family of clownfish. (Sogod Bay, Leyte, Philippines, February 2008)
A small family of clownfish. (Sogod Bay, Leyte, Philippines, February 2008)
Snuggled against the reef, a "knit-striped" snake. (Sogod Bay, Leyte, Philippines, February 2008)
Snuggled against the reef, a "knit-striped" snake. (Sogod Bay, Leyte, Philippines, February 2008)
This scorpion fish is watching me bubble, impassive. (Sogod Bay, Leyte, Philippines, February 2008)
This scorpion fish is watching me bubble, impassive. (Sogod Bay, Leyte, Philippines, February 2008)
An antenna or "toadfish" white, well on its fins in the middle of the coral. (Sogod Bay, Leyte, Philippines, February 2008)
An antennae or "toadfish" white, well on its fins in the middle of the coral. (Sogod Bay, Leyte, Philippines, February 2008)
A crinoid, clinging to a branch of coral. (Sogod Bay, Leyte, Philippines, February 2008)
A crinoid, clinging to a branch of coral. (Sogod Bay, Leyte, Philippines, February 2008)

Side "small", I feasted with nudibranchs, these small sea slugs with amazing colors. Here, there are many, and their variety is spectacular ... I photographed them to no end!

A beautiful flashy pink nudibranch! (Sogod Bay, Leyte, Philippines, February 2008)
A beautiful flashy pink nudibranch! (Sogod Bay, Leyte, Philippines, February 2008)
Horns forward! (Sogod Bay, Leyte, Philippines, February 2008)
Horns forward! (Sogod Bay, Leyte, Philippines, February 2008)
Another one! (Sogod Bay, Leyte, Philippines, February 2008)
Another one! (Sogod Bay, Leyte, Philippines, February 2008)

The sites of Leyte are splendid, the coral is remarkably preserved there. At the moment, the visibility is not great, which forces to focus on the "little" more than on the "big". For a visit of 20-30 meters, according to Ron, the Englishman who runs the Sogod Bay Scuba Resort, it is in summer that you have to come, in July for example. But at that time, no whale sharks to pass ...

All the usual tropical fauna is there, in abundance. Max Climates, the house-reef (the "reef of the house", that is to say the part of the reef just in front of the diving center) is beautiful. The site of Napantao, on the other side of the bay, just opposite, with two hanging brims of life, is my favorite, I think (sometimes current a little treacherous, we are recommended to be careful, but the the day I was there, nothing at all).

Dive sites in Sogod Bay. (Leyte, Philippines, February 2008)
Dive sites in Sogod Bay. (Leyte, Philippines, February 2008)

Leyte

I stayed only four days in Leyte, and now I think I might have to prolong my stay a little longer. To do some more dives and walk around a bit.

I did not find the time to push until Padre Burgos in a tricycle. I did not see anything at all Malitbog, city located about fifteen kilometers from where I was, where there is, if I believe my Lonely Planet, one of the oldest churches in the area, built with dead coral.

The wind blows on the dead coral beach of Sogod Bay Scuba Resort. (Leyte, Philippines, February 2008)
The wind blows on the dead coral beach of Sogod Bay Scuba Resort. (Leyte, Philippines, February 2008)
The road to Padre Burgos is very quiet. (Leyte, Philippines, February 2008)
The road to Padre Burgos is very quiet. (Leyte, Philippines, February 2008)

At the end of the beach that the Sogod Bay Scuba Resort share with the Peter's Dive Center (the first of the dive centers to have opened at this place, I think, at least the best known), there are a handful of huts, half wood, half sheet metal, and some houses along the road, which make up the village of Lungsodaan.

The kids come back from school, school bag on back, uniform with long plaid skirt for girls, some already play ball in the dust of the road. Everywhere, there are baskets and basketball courts, obviously more practiced than football, here. The American influence? Children (especially girls, not intimidated at all!) Are many to me, with the same eternal sentence, that all had to learn in class: " Hello ! What's your name? "

I apply myself to articulate well. Nothing works. "Corinne" always becomes "Cowine" or "Coquine". It works best when I claim to call myself "Corrina", as in the song ...

In short, charming welcome everywhere, in this little frequented village.

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  Philippines: Visayas - February 2008

  1. YES !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! a good camembert bread would not be so unpleasant as that ... ..My mine, I would prefer good Asian noodles!
    Your photos are beautiful! I would not have liked to face the snake ... Greg even less!
    I'm kissing you strongly!

  2. Extraordinary your photos, and this is a euphemism! Do you really see them underwater these inhabitants of the seabed, with these colors? (It's a question of candid, sorry, ...) In any case, not even afraid of the snake so it is beautiful! As for nudibranchs, just write the word, it's a pleasure, so when there are more photos that go with ...
    I do not know why, this article reminds me of Jules Verne!

    Well, back on earth, it's time for material contingencies and inevitable weekend, do not insist more.

    Not found the hippocampus, have however long looked.

    Mil needs, mam.

  3. Hello Philippine!

    I just linked the news of the deserted bay of whale sharks, the island to tourists, the quiet island ... Impression to have opened a book. Strongly following. (Without accents, it's even more exotic!)

    Pascale

  4. Well, come on, one last comment before I leave for Gap, just for the pleasure of imagining that you will read it thousands of miles from here ... Ah ... .The magic of the internet !!!!
    My bag is not ready ... ..NOT OK !!!!! Big lazy to prepare it! So I decided to put the alarm clock a little earlier and do it tomorrow .... Anyway, my clothes are not not yet dry ... pppfffffttttt !!
    Not much to teach you except Greg was 37 last Friday!
    Big kisses! I look forward to coming back Thursday to read you or see new pictures!

  5. Well, for the hippocampus, I think that with the new image that I posted, you should all finally see it ... 😉

    A Mam: Yes, I really see them like that, these "seabed inhabitants" as you call them nicely, but not quite with the same colors. In fact, the water absorbs the light and the colors, the red disappears first, then, as one sinks, the whole spectrum of the colors passes there, so that at the end, everything seems blue ... In fact, during a dive, it is by the light of flash or torches that we discover the "real" colors of critters and corals, especially in the red-purple-orange ... When we cut ourselves under the water, it is strange, because we see bead at the end of the finger a strange liquid black-green ... which is none other than bright red blood!

    To Helene: with a little delay, happy birthday to Greg !!!

    🙂

  6. Hello Francois,

    I am flattered by the comment ... 😉

    But for the "warned eye" we must pay tribute to the guides, who accompany the teams under the water, and spot for divers all these charming little critters not necessarily easy to see. They have a lynx eye !!! Without them, I probably would not have found half, even if I have a slightly more exercised eye that my debut ...

    For hardware, mine is modest: I use a simple camera, the Canon Powershot A95, and its WP-DC50. For now, I have no additional lighting, only the built-in flash (which therefore restricts me especially above the underwater macro). It allows to travel light, but I find myself a little limited all the same for the pictures of atmosphere. That said, I am very satisfied with what we can do with so little money.

    I will soon put online all my underwater photos brought from the Philippines on my other site, Diving in South East Asia. And after your comment, I will probably add a page "material" to this blog, because you are not the first to ask me the question.

  7. Great pictures. Thank you
    I just discovered your blog (following your comment on A World Elsewhere).
    It really takes a keen eye to find all that under the water.
    If it is not indiscreet you use what as gear to have such good results (even if the gear is not everything 😉).

    Thank you again for your stories and pictures.
    François

  8. Bravo for photos Corinne, they seem to me more worked than the previous ones, no? ...

    I love nudibranchs, this "girl thing" it seems, I do not get tired and the Philippines really seem to me (like Indonesia) to be THE destination for collecting ...

  9. Yes, Marie-Ange ... I paid a lot more attention to the framing, thanks to your advice. And I see the difference! 🙂

    To tell the truth, you kept busy with my thoughts, under the water ... 😉
    Yes Yes!!! In front of each beast, I repeated to you constantly your indications: "The nudibranch dress, the nudibranch dress, fit at the height of the nudibranch dress ..." Same leitmotiv with the rest: "The eye of the fish, the eye of the fish ... at the level of the eye of the fish ..."

    I now have to "work" on my computer the colors and the light for those that I will put in my site Diving in South East Asiabecause I did not have editing software available in the internet cafes where I sent these images. But hey, I like the idea of delivering as and when in the blog my photos as they are, rough release form.

    Nudibranchs, I've seen a lot in Indonesia, but I almost feel that the quantity and variety is even greater in the Philippines ... No doubt I'm still under the spell of wonder. A "girls thing", the nudies? Not that ... I have seen quite a few gentlemen brooding on their faces with the same emotional eyes as me.
    😉

  10. Sorry to have disturbed your photo dives! ... :-)))

    But I think the result is worth it, I find them more dense like that.

    Nudis = "girl thing" is an expression of my dear and tender ... It does not prevent me from worshiping that!

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