This is the second Wild Oceans episode that I filmed in the Sogod Bay in the Philippines and this opening shot shows you just how beautiful some of the reefs can be. Those are all damselfish and basslets swimming across the reef and it’s actually on top of the wall. And right in the beginning of the dive, I came across this guy and he is a hawksbill turtle. and a lot of people have trouble telling the difference between a
Hawksbill and a green turtle First of all the shape of the head is very much like the beak of a hawk and also their shell, the edges of their shell are normally jagged whereas a green turtle has a much smoother edge to their shell. I am down on the wall now and those are white snappers and that was a juvenile the just passed
through the frame and you can see just how healthy the
wall of the reef is Look at this sea fan covered in feather stars. If you look closely on the wall, you can find all sorts of critters and this is a giant frog fish that I came across, often known as angler fish, so called because of the fishing lure they have hanging off the front of their head. It’s a little bit hard to see in this shot but is there That’s a giant frogfish and they are different shades of grey and sometimes red. Anyone who dives a lot in the tropics will know what this guy is! He is a juvenile yellow box fish and when they are juvenile they are very skittish and actually quite difficult to film but I followed him for a little while, enough to get a decent shot and then I left him in peace. And when they become adults, they become quite a lot bigger and their colouration changes to a blue motley colour this is a school of striped catfish and when they are juveniles, they school together like this, safety in numbers I guess you would say and they swarm up and down the reef looking for things to eat and I was filming these guys at about 15 meters. Now i cant let a single episode go by without giving you a few shots of one of the many different kinds of anemone fish that live in the Sogod Bay. This guy is a tomato anemone fish. It is called the Sogod Bay. It is in Southern Leyte, about one hours flight from Manila and then a two or three hour bus or taxi drive down to Padre Burgos.