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Taken by: Doug Anderson

Seraya, Bali
Seraya, Bali by Doug Anderson

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Posted: Monday, January 2, 2012- (1/2/2012 3:47:00 PM)
Category: Macro - Super macro
location: Bali Sea Indonesia
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message this message is importantAlthough this is a good shot, didn't think the judges of UWP would move critters on top of others like the dive guide in Indonesia and Philippines did to get better tips.

Always admired your work, but you should start another category liked the photoshop guys to preview these shots. Then I would post three of these big boys on top of a sea cucumber like all the other guys.

No disrespect, just trying to get the ground rules straight
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message Larry, I understand your concerns, but before you point an accusing finger you need to get your marine science straight. This is NOT a manipulated shot in any sense. Anyone who has dived in the tropics in Asia will tell you it is very common to see emperor shrimps on top of nudibranchs - it is a natural phenomenon. The emperor shrimp perches on top of the nudibranch and uses the vantage point to forage in the sand below. It is also very common to see them perched on top of sea-cucumbers.

Rest assured that the judges in this competition are well aware of the conservation rules, and apply them without hesitation. This aspect of the competition judging is particularly important to persons, such as myself, who are working ecologists.

Have a nice day, Larry rose smile

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message Great Shot Doug. I can vouch for this behavior, seen it numerous times in Indonesia + PI. I have also seen dive guides manipulate critters, ie moving nudibranchs to a pile etc. so I also understand Larry's concern, but I think it's pretty safe to say this behavior is quite natural and has happened to show up as a finalist in other UW photo comps recently. Hopefully this, or one of Doug's other Emperors will show up in the finals of this comp. Beautiful shot Doug. Happy New Years. smile
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message Thanks Tony, HNY to you too! smile

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message Larry, here are a couple of links that explain the relationship between the emperor shrimp and its various hosts:

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message Doug,

Thanks for clearing this up, I dived Asia many times and have observed the shrimp on sea cucumbers, but usually only when the guide turns them over sine they seem to hang out on the bottom. Most of my observations are from eager guides trying to pose the critters for photographers.

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