2 hours ago
Apparently a newly discovered sponge-dwelling porcelain crab. They come in both blue and orange phenotypes (we spotted the blue one), and they make awesome subjects for #uwphotography.
Was reading an article about the aquarium trade for crustaceans like this, and it breaks my heart to know there is actually a market for them and many other 'pretty' marine creatures. But what's worse is the mode of collection. It is common for corals and sponges to get ripped apart by collectors to capture elusive crustaceans like this.
I'm not sure how much of the aquarium trade is unethical, but when it comes to diving, I've always heard this saying "take nothing but photographs, leave nothing but bubbles". One thing's for sure, taking them back home adds no value to the ocean.
I hope divers will be the ocean's advocates. Enjoy the reef and creatures in the great outdoors. Let nature take its course. Don't be greedy, the best way to appreciate them is in the wild.
#diveanilao #porceleincrab #philippines #uwphotography