Author Klaus M Stiefel

Klaus M. Stiefel is a fish biologist, popular science writer, underwater photographer and scuba instructor. Growing up in Vienna, Austria, he is now based in the Philippines. His main interest among the fish fauna of the coral triangle are the many gobies.

Top Tips: Photographing the Subic Wrecks

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I recently had a great time photographing the wrecks of Subic Bay on the west coast of Luzon, in the north of the Philippines. The bay used to be the location of a US naval base, and it has wrecks from the Spanish-American war, from WWII, and scuttled American ships and planes from the area afterwards. It’s quite a playground for the wreck-diving aficionado and underwater photographer. Many thanks to my mate Kent Simmonds at Arizona Dive Shop for making it happen! His dive shop is great place with friendly staff and excellent resources for recreational and technical diving. Technical diving is…

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The Beauty of Dragonets

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One of the highlights of observing fish as a diver is to find a dragonet. Dragonets are small bony fishes which live between corals or in the sand and are found in tropical, sub-tropical and temperate oceans. There are 191 species of dragonet currently listed on Fishbase, including the well-known mandarin fish. Mandarin fish, Synchiropus splendidus, hide in coral rubble and mate at night time above the corals for just a few seconds, releasing fertilized eggs into the water. Male competitors will sometimes engage in a display contest to gain mating rights; showing off their sizes via their outstretched fins. …

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