Mucky Secrets - The Marine Creatures of the Lembeh Strait - DVD

At the heart of the Coral Triangle, Indonesia's Lembeh Strait is renowned for it's huge diversity and concentration of marine life. This special stretch of water is home to an astonishing array of weird and wonderful aquatic creatures.

Yellow pygmygobies from Mucky Secrets Lembeh Strait marine life DVDIn a practice known as "muck diving", explorers seek out exotic marine animals amongst the fine sediment and discarded trash on the seabed.

In the full 92-minute documentary, after the prologue, I reveal the secrets behind the Lembeh Strait's critters, exploring the marine biology of dozens of species. We encounter corals, stingrays, unusual sharks, eels, shrimps, crabs, octopus, cuttlefish, sea snails, sea slugs and of course a huge variety of tropical fish.

Rhinopias eschmeyeri from Mucky Secrets Lembeh Strait marine life DVDLearn about the clever strategies such as camouflage, mimicry and symbiosis that these animals depend on in their ongoing struggle for survival on the seabed.

Mucky Secrets is a fine resource for scuba divers, aquarists, students of marine biology, or anyone who is fascinated by the mysterious life that inhabits the underwater world.

Warty frogfish from Mucky Secrets Lembeh Strait marine life DVDBesides the main feature, the DVD contains a 4-minute prologue video without narration, and my earlier film, Diving the Lembeh Strait, as a bonus feature.

DVD Features

  • Interactive menus - Choose scenes and subtitles.
  • Scene selection - Jump straight to 20 themed chapters.
  • Switchable subtitles
    • English narration
    • English common and scientific names
  • Dolby Digital soundtrack - Informative narration with musical backing track.
  • Running time: 1 hour 55 minutes.
  • Prologue video without narration: 4 minutes
  • Bonus feature: Diving the Lembeh Strait. 19 minutes
  • NTSC format and region-free for international playback.
  • Aspect ratio: 16:9 widescreen
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Individual clips can be licensed for use from my Lembeh Strait stock footage page.

best at 720p HD and full screen

DVD Chapters

1. Introduction, corals, tunicates
2. Anemonefish, shrimps, mantis shrimps
3. Squat lobsters, hermit crabs, crabs, sea urchins
4. Stingrays, sharks
5. Snake eels, moray eels
6. Cardinalfishes
7. Seahorses, pipefishes, ghost pipefishes, shrimpfishes
8. Sea moths, flying gurnards, blennies, gobies
9. Dragonets inc. mandarinfish
10. Frogfishes
11. Juvenile fishes, parrotfish, sweetlips, razorfish
12. Boxfish, pufferfish, porcupinefish
13. Benthic/demersal, grouper, stargazer, flounders, flatheads
14. Scorpionfish, lionfish
15. Demon stinger, waspfish
16. Cuttlefish, octopus
17. Sea snails, flame scallops
18. Sea slugs (nudibranchs)
19. Sea slugs feeding & mating
20. Sap sucking slugs, headshield slugs, sea hares, flatworms

Thanks to Two Fish Divers who I stayed and dived with on Lembeh Island. I would never have found half this stuff without their keen-eyed critter-spotting dive guides.

Mucky Secrets Prologue Video

Here is the full shot list of species and dive sites in the prologue video:

0:00 - Birdbeak Burrfish, Cyclichthys orbicularis, at Jahir
0:05 - Eschmeyer's Scorpionfish, Rhinopias eschmeyeri, at Aer Perang
0:09 - Compressed Toby, Canthigaster compressa, at Two Fish Divers' House Reef
0:12 - Black-banded Flathead, Rogadius patriciae, at Makawidey
0:15 - Highfin Snake Eel, Ophichthus altipennis, at TK1
0:18 - Trumpetfish, Aulostomus chinensis, at TK3
0:21 - Starry Night Octopus, Callistoctopus luteus, at Aer Perang
0:25 - Blue-Spotted Stingray, Taeniura lymma, at Tanjung Kus-Kusu
0:28 - Mandarinfish, Synchiropus splendidus, at Mandarin Point
0:46 - Rigid Shrimpfish, Centriscus scutatus, at Mandarin Point
0:54 - Ambon Scorpionfish, Pteroidichthys amboinensis, at Hairball
0:57 - Flasher Scorpionfish, Scorpaenopsis macrochir (tentative), Hairball
1:00 - Oriental Flying Gurnard, Dactyloptena orientalis, at Retak Larry
1:04 - Starry Blenny, Salarias ramosus, at Aer Perang
1:07 - Juvenile Thornback Cowfish, Lactoria fornasini, at Aer Perang
1:10 - Juvenile Spotted Parrotfish, Cetoscarus ocellatus, at Tanjung Kusu-Kusu
1:13 - Pygmy Seahorse, Hippocampus bargibanti, at Nudi Retreat
1:16 - Juvenile Panther Grouper, Cromileptes altivelis, at TK3
1:20 - Graceful Anemone Shrimp, Ancylomenes venustus, at Aer Perang
1:24 - Peacock Mantis Shrimp, Odontodactylus scyllarus, at Aw Shucks
1:29 - Pink Tail Mantis Shrimp, Odontodactylus latirostris, at TK1
1:32 - Golden Spearing Mantis Shrimp, Lysiosquillina lisa, at Jahir
1:36 - Orange Mantis Shrimp, Lysiosquilloides mapia, at Retak Larry
1:39 - Saddleback Clownfish, Amphiprion polymnus, at Nudi Retreat
1:44 - Banggai Cardinalfish, Pterapogon kauderni, at Police Pier
1:48 - Long-tailed Sea Hare, Stylocheilus longicauda, at Retak Larry
1:54 - Box Crab, Calappa sp., at TK1
1:59 - Leopard Flounder, Bothus pantherinus, at Retak Larry
2:03 - Whitemargin Stargazer, Uranoscopus sulphureus, at Hairball
2:08 - Vomer Conch, Euprotomus vomer, at Jahir
2:13 - Purple-lined Nembrotha, Nembrotha purpureolineata, at TK1
2:19 - Crinoid Cuttlefish, Sepia sp., Tanjung Kusu-Kusu
2:25 - Spiny Flathead, Onigocia spinosa, at Retak Larry
2:28 - Shortfin Puffer, Torquigener brevipinnis, at TK2
2:31 - Oriental Flying Gurnard, Dactyloptena orientalis, at TK1
2:34 - Painted Frogfish, Antennarius pictus, at Jahir
2:37 - Striated Frogfish, Antennarius striatus, at TK2
2:41 - Warty Frogfish, Antennarius maculatus, at Jahir
2:44 - Juvenile Painted Frogfish, Antennarius pictus, at Hairball
2:47 - Weedy Scorpionfish, Rhinopias frondosa, at Aer Perang
2:51 - Fingered Dragonet, Dactylopus dactylopus, at Retak Larry
2:54 - Squat Lobster, Galathea sp., at TK2
2:57 - Emperor Shrimp, Periclimenes imperator, at Hairball
3:00 - Stargazer Snake Eel, Brachysomophis cirrocheilos, at Hairball
3:03 - Purple-edged Ceratosoma, Ceratosoma tenue, at Makawidey
3:06 - Flame Scallop, Ctenoides ales, at Nudi Retreat
3:10 - Highfin Snake Eel, Ophichthus altipennis, at TK1
3:13 - Juvenile longhorn cowfish, Lactoria cornuta (tentative), TK1
3:17 - Short-tailed Pipefish, Trachyrhamphus bicoarctatus, at Critter Hunt
3:20 - Guineafowl Puffer, Arothron meleagris, at Tanjung Kusu-Kusu
3:23 - Morrison's Dragonet (female), Synchiropus morrisoni, at Nudi Falls
3:26 - Dwarf Lionfish, Dendrochirus brachypterus, at TK1
3:29 - Yellow Pygmy Goby, Lubricogobius exiguus, at TK1


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