Our first dive of our last day of diving was at Yap Corner; the mouth of Mil Channel. Despite a strong surface current, it was a very calm dive.
Our second dive at "Slow & Easy" was a real show stopper. We spent 90 minutes watching two mating Octopus!
Note how perfectly this one blends in: matching both color and texture
The femaie seems to be trying to match several dfferent types of coral at once
Phht! Get out of the way mere Pipefish...
The maile on the right stretches his special mating tentacle across and into the female's gill opening
Note the small tip of this tentacle carressing the female...
Our dive guide gets into the action with a rubber-tipped sex toy
That is one long versatile tentacle!
Two Lizardfish spectators
Our very last dive is at Rainbow Reef, aka the Mandarin Fish Mating Dive
Around 6:45 to 7pm, the males start chasing the females
Every one is posing and primping
This is the most beautiful fish I've ever seen!
The smaller female seems a bit harrassed and scoots away
Things are starting to heat up
... Mandarin fish finery ...
They flutter about like little tan//butterfly combos...
The mating itself is fairly brief. They swim for a few seconds cheek-to-cheek and then slowly rise a foot or so above the reef
Then, in a very sudden sequence, they both release their DNA payload and dart back to the reef...to be repeated every evening