Dive Site: Froggys Mabul, Sabah

Painted Frogfish diving Froggys Mabul Sabah Malaysia by Diveplanit

Site Overview

Site Type: Muck dive over sand and artificial reef
Depth: Top: 5MMedian: 12MBottom: 18M
Location: There appear to be a couple of different sites referred to as Froggie’s or Froggy’s Lair by different dive companies. This one was an artificial reef close to SMART.

Description

The reason there are probably a couple of dive sites called Froggy’s (or Froggys Mabul or Froggy’s Lair) is because of the number of dive sites at which Frogfish are to be found.

This artificial reef near SMART has structures that attracts them. We spotted this Painted Frogfish as soon as we arrived at the first structure.

Painted Frogfish diving Froggys Mabul Sabah Malaysia by Diveplanit

And his cousin, the Warty frogfish at the next one.

Warty Frogfish diving Froggys Mabul Sabah Malaysia by Diveplanit

In the sand between the two was this Juvenile Whitepatch razorfish. Note the typical juvenile haircut!

Juvenile Whitepatch Razorfish diving Froggys Mabul Sabah Malaysia by Diveplanit

The artificial structures provide great habitat for Long Beak Coralfish, perfectly adapted to picking invertebrates off the structures.

Long Beak Coralfish perfectly adapted diving Froggys Mabul Sabah Malaysia by Diveplanit

Juvenile Yellow Boxfish also find the artificial reefs quite enticing, as the lattice work offers protection, where a little boxfish can hide away.

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There are also much larger fish on the reef, from big sweetlips and the larger Angelfish like this Yellow mask.

Yellow-mask Angelfish diving Froggys Mabul Sabah Malaysia by Diveplanit

Down at the other end of the camera lens, you’ll find tiny, but colourful Ringed Pipefish

Ringed pipefish diving Froggys Mabul Sabah Malaysia by Diveplanit

The Crinoid Shrimp lives in a symbiotic relationship with its Crinoid (Featherstar) hosts. It feeds on the parasites and dead tissue.

Crinoid Shrimp diving Froggys Mabul Sabah Malaysia by Diveplanit

Also on the structures of the artificial reef, you’ll find Nudis aplenty, like this Dark-margined Glossodoris

Dark-margined Glossodoris diving Froggys Mabul Sabah Malaysia by Diveplanit

Finally, a crafty little White Eye Moray who I was convinced was going to take a bite out of the Chocolate Chip sea star the minute I turned my back.

White eye Moray and Chocolate Chip seastar diving Froggys Mabul Sabah Malaysia by Diveplanit