Kate Humble: Diving for the weird and wonderful in the Philippines

Kate Humble: Diving for the weird and wonderful in the Philippines

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Ting, ting! Our guide Rowena was tapping the side of her scuba tank, letting us know she had spotted something. We were 65ft BELOW the surface of the sea and there, jutting out from a wall crowded with anemones, basket stars and flower-like crinoids, was a coral fan around 3ft high. Its pale pink branches were intricately spread out like lace, each branch decorated with tiny, darker pink bumps no bigger than pinheads. Perfectly mimicking its surroundings was a minute creature, visible only because Rowena pointed to exactly where it was. It too was pink, with the same darker pink bumps, its tail wrapped around one of the coral branches, anchoring it to its hiding place: a pygmy seahorse, the first I had ever seen.
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