Fish ID workshop

 

Duration: 2 days

 

Our 2-day Fish Identification workshop is a great way to learn not only how to identify the marine life you encounter, but also cool facts about them and tips on how to find the more cryptic, macro and muck life. The course consists of three one-hour presentations and three different dives (fish, macro and muck). Please get in touch below for up-to-date rates.

 

During the course you will learn:

  • The basics of fish identification
  • The key characteristics of some of our favourite families of coral reef fish
  • Interesting behaviour like survival strategies, feeding, courtship and mating
  • Different types of toxins in marine life
  • How to find small and/or extremely camouflaged critters

Course breakdown

Fantastic fish

During this presentation you will learn the basics of fish identification – looking at key body parts, followed by learning the key characteristics of some of the regularly sighted coral reef fish families. You will also learn about interesting behaviour that you can look out for while diving or snorkelling.

Ever wondered how to tell the difference between snapper and fusiliers? Why butterflyfish hide their eyes or parrotfish sleep inside a mucous bubble? Why surgeonfish are called surgeonfish or why triggerfish are aggressive?

The Big Hitters

During this presentation you will find out more about the big popular marine animals, like sharks, rays, turtles and big fish. You will learn how many species there are and how to tell some of them apart. You will learn how to sex elasmobranchs and turtles and also hear about their incredible courtship and mating behaviours.

Ever wondered why white tip reef sharks are often seen following giant trevallies? How sea turtles mate and how often they nest? Or what species of fish are the largest or fastest in the world’s oceans?

The Big Hitters

During this presentation you will find out more about the big popular marine animals, like sharks, rays, turtles and big fish. You will learn how many species there are and how to tell some of them apart. You will learn how to sex elasmobranchs and turtles and also hear about their incredible courtship and mating behaviours.

Ever wondered why white tip reef sharks are often seen following giant trevallies? How sea turtles mate and how often they nest? Or what species of fish are the largest or fastest in the world’s oceans?

Where is everything?

Have you ever descended on a dive and immediately wondered why you had been brought to the site? Sometimes at first glance it may look like there is very little life, but after learning where to look and what to look for, you will soon realise that even areas that appear barren are often teeming with life. This is the knowledge that you will gain during this presentation.

Have you ever wondered how your dive guide manages to find so many small, weird and wonderful critters? You can learn this too!

Fish identification dive

It is one thing to learn fish identification skills in a classroom with static images that you can investigate to gather the information that you need to make a positive ID. It is another thing to be able to do this in a real-life scenario when you are concentrating on buoyancy and breathing while observing the fish flit around and dart underneath corals. During this dive you will be taken to a dive site teeming with fish where you will be tested on your ability to identify those that you encounter.

Fish identification dive

It is one thing to learn fish identification skills in a classroom with static images that you can investigate to gather the information that you need to make a positive ID. It is another thing to be able to do this in a real-life scenario when you are concentrating on buoyancy and breathing while observing the fish flit around and dart underneath corals. During this dive you will be taken to a dive site teeming with fish where you will be tested on your ability to identify those that you encounter.

Symbiosis dive

For this dive we will take you to an area of Mabul that at first glance appears devoid of marine life. There are corals and other sessile organisms, but very few fish around. During this dive you will put into practice your new found knowledge of where to look and what to look for, in order to try to find as many shrimps, crabs, nudis and other symbiotic critters as you can – with our help of course! By the end of the dive you will undoubtedly have an extensive list of species for your logbooks and a new found ability to find more things yourself while diving.

Muck dive

Mabul is often mentioned as the place where the term ‘muck diving’ was coined. If you have never heard of it before, this is diving over a sandy bottom. While this might sound absurd to anyone that hasn’t tried it before, muck dives are a treasure trove of weird critters – critters that you will never see on coral reefs. At first glance, the sandy bottom can appear like a desert, but on closer inspection it becomes an oasis, teeming with well hidden critters, like flying gurnards, fingered dragonets, thorny seahorse, coconut octopus, robust ghostpipefish and dragon seamoths.

Muck dive

Mabul is often mentioned as the place where the term ‘muck diving’ was coined. If you have never heard of it before, this is diving over a sandy bottom. While this might sound absurd to anyone that hasn’t tried it before, muck dives are a treasure trove of weird critters – critters that you will never see on coral reefs. At first glance, the sandy bottom can appear like a desert, but on closer inspection it becomes an oasis, teeming with well hidden critters, like flying gurnards, fingered dragonets, thorny seahorse, coconut octopus, robust ghostpipefish and dragon seamoths.

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