A "shrimp manicure", what do you think?

Shrimp manicure

  Indonesia: Flores + Komodo + Bali - July 2011

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You liked the fish pedicure ? You will love the shrimp manicure ! Beware, this privilege is reserved for the rather aquatic travelers, who are not afraid to entrust their nails to the good care of the delicate cleaning shrimps.

Get your nails done... underwater!

I kept this picture for later. For the end of the story of my Indonesian trip to Flores and Bali

But in solidarity with the travel bloggers who are taking up the challenge Adventure, manicure and pedicureon the initiative of Adeline, from the blog Travel etc.I decided to publish it today!

How do I put this... we're right on topic!!!! No ?


A "shrimp manicure", what do you think?
How about a "shrimp manicure"?

Admire this cute shrimp, which looks at me bravely, right in the eyes, to make sure that it does a good job on my cuticles, softened by a long immersion in a tropical salt water at 28°C...

I photographed it during one of my dives in Bali, near Tulamben. A dive for the "little one", at a cleaning station, as we say in our diving jargon.

Cleaning station

The fish - especially moray eels and big red groupers, during this dive - come to this type of site to get rid of their parasites and dirt by the nice shrimp, hard to the task.

These brave little crustaceans are not too particular about the scales they are presented with. The cleaning shrimps come willingly to work on the nails of humans ...

Just reach out your hand, put your fingers on the sand and don't move. Hop, the shrimp dance begins! They run their tiny paws all over the surface of your nails, insisting in the corners, spotting and erasing the tiniest imperfections. High-precision work...

A "shrimp manicure", what do you think?

The most motivated divers even take off their regulator for a few seconds (the thing you put in your mouth to breathe) to present their mouths wide open, like groupers, to the hard-working shrimps. There are often one or two, more daring, who then launch into an underwater scaling, quite comical to observe... And which stops as soon as the regulator is put back in place (one has to breathe again).

Ladies, I can't recommend you enough to try the shrimp manicure during your next swim in the tropical sea ...


  Indonesia: Flores + Komodo + Bali - July 2011