TSS KK Talk: Muck diving photography – Thurs, 30th April 2015

Peacock Mantis Shrimp eyes

Brook urchin


Squid at nightAs a kid living in Hawaii, I have always loved the ocean and fell in love with color and diversity of the scenery under the water.
I have been diving since 1981— on a trip to Cozumel Mexico took a resort course and absolutely fell in love with it…Realizing that I should have a “little” better education about the experience so I became certified diver in 1983. After my husband died in 1995, I went diving whenever and wherever I could afford it, while still working and attending college…. then more courses in photography and digital darkroom. Realizing that many situations require even more knowledge I became a Divemaster in 2000. Have stopped logging my dives but now over 5000++

There are several types of diving: wreck,  cave, drift, deep and also “muck” diving. Each of them has their own fans, and I tried it all but in 1996 I discovered Southeast Asia and “muck”  and have been hooked ever since. Muck diving gets its name from the sediment that lies at the bottom of many dive sites -rubble, silt, often with and  bad visibility– frequently muddy or “mucky” environment. Other than muddy sediment, the muck dive substrate may consist of dead coral skeletons, discarded fishing equipment, tires and other man-made garbage.It is actually quite popular, particularly for those who love underwater photography. 

The “muck” substrate can be the habitat for unusual, exotic and juvenile organisms that make their homes in the sediment and “trash” that compose a muck dive. The sediment and detritus environment has a different ecology to the reef. Creatures like colorful nudibranchs, frogfish aka anglerfish, shrimp, blue-ringed octopus, and rare pygmy seahorses may be more common, more easily found, or restricted to a sedimentary substrate.The most popular region for muck diving is Southeast Asia’s Coral triangle where there are more marine species than anywhere else in the world. Region between Papua New Guinea, the Philippines and Indonesia. Mabul is the most well known site in Malaysia  because of the amazing creatures found in the muck.

Not a scientist, but a passionate diver, the images I share will hopefully shed some light on the amazing color, diversity, activity habitats and daily life in the sandy, rubble bottom that you might just swim over without a thought there just “might” be something there to admire.

Speaker/Photographer: Teri Perry

Date: Thursday, 30th April 2015

Time: 7.30pm.

The talk will be held at The Sabah Society Secretariat, Damai Plaza, Luyang.

Do call us at +6088 – 250 443 or email us sabahsoc@gmail.com for more information.

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