Every body loves lady bugs. Their little red shiny bodies with black spots are like little toys as they scuttle about the garden. As a kid growing up I remember searching through my moms vegetable garden looking for these little red spotty bugs, trying to de-code the mystery behind their spots. Thirty years later I’m doing the exact same thing, only now I’m twenty meters deep in the sea in the middle of Indonesia with a giant camera in my hands searching for a much different type of lady bug.
The lady bugs I’m looking for live solely beneath the waves of Komodo National Park and I very large numbers on a very special site called Cannibal Rock, one of the most famous dive sites in the world and for good reason. Though they are incredibly small, about the size of a land dwelling lady bug to be exact, they are super photogenic if you have a decent macro lens. Their shiny little white bodies with giant red cartoonish eyes and little orange and black spots make them a perfect macro subject. Even for the non-photographers they are highly entertaining to hunt for and then watch as they flits and flutter about their colorful crinoidy habitat.
News & Events
- Lovely Komodo
13 Nov 2017
Returning to Komodo, after nearly five months on land stretching my legs, was an absolute dream. The reefs were better than I had remembered as they were brimming with life and color. Batu Bolong, one of Komodo’s most popular sites …
- The Ring of Fire Continued
11 Nov 2017
800 nautical miles from Ambon back to Maumere through the Banda Sea and Alor, The Ring of Fire continued. Mermaid I returns from another 12 majestic days, days of unique biologically diverse, rich abundant marine life, pristine and untouched reefs, …
- Another great week with wonderful marine life
31 Oct 2017
This week in Komodo was particularly memorable down in the south where we had truly epic ‘manta madness’ in Manta Alley. In clear waters our guests were immersed among over 20 mantas swirling around the cleaning station, and in the …
- Surreal Place!
29 Oct 2017
This week on Mermaid II we welcomed onboard a dive group from Hawaii who were super excited to immerse themselves in Komodo’s rich waters! At the famous drift dive site ‘Karang Makassar’ we all had a fast ‘flight’ with numerous …
- Komodo Diving Cruise
22 Oct 2017
This week on Mermaid II we had a dive charter group of 20 friendly guests from ‘Ocean Geeks’ dive club in the US. They were all armed with an array of underwater cameras, and eager to get out to Komodo …