Juvenile regal angelfish (Pygloplites diacanthus)

 

The islands Cabilao and Pamilacan reside just offshore from Bohol, one of the larger islands that make up the Central Visayas in the Philippines. Both islands possess a wealth of underwater treasures including amazing coral gardens, schools of fishes, and a diversity of rare and interesting creatures. Our snorkeling adventures on both islands produced some of the best the Philippines has to offer and we were humbled by the health and diversity of the reefs. The added bonus, that is usually a given in this beautiful country, is the warm reception extended to us by the Filipinos who call the islands home. Check out some of the amazing critters we were fortunate enough to see including the rare sighting of a juvenile regal angelfish (Pygoplites diacanthus).
 

Ringed sidegill slug (Pleurobranchus forskalii)

Sidegill slugs…

Crab Pamilacan Island, Philippines

A colorful crab…

Juvenile striped sweetlips (Plectrohinchus lessonii)

A juvenile…

Rainbow fire urchin (Astropyga radiata)

Rainbow fire urchins…

Acoel flatworm (Waminoa sp.)

Acoel flatworms…

Sergeant majors, Cabilao Island, Philippines

Sergeant-majors…

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