God Bless the Jacks- Twin Rocks Anilao

Photographer Jun Lao, Jun V Lao, PaparazSea
Toni gets a close encounter with a not so shy school

It anyone were to ask what is the best dive site in Anilao, hands down the title would definitely go to Twin Rocks. Its the only area in Anilao where you get a little bit of everything. From fields of vibrant...

 soft corals, occasional turtle sightings, thousands of species of tropical reef fish, several resident schools of batfish, juvenile barracudas, yellow snappers, mackerels, fairy basslet, several species of anthias and the main draw would of course be the school of jackfish.                  

Photographer Jun Lao, Jun V Lao, PaparazSea
Beyond these close to guaranteed sightings, Twin Rocks almost always holds surprises such as passing Giant Trevally, currently a great Barracuda is taking residence at the shallows, patrolling Giant Cuttlefishes and a big ETC ETC. Macro life in the area is fantastic but always overshadowed by the immense tropical fish life around the area. There are many local divers who miss much of the offerings of Twin Rocks since it has been tradition of fun divers to explore its reefs at an average depth of 15-20 meters/45-60 feet. It may come to a surprise to many but all the marine life I've mentioned from the start are almost always seen  at 10 meters/30 feet up.

Photographer Jun Lao, Jun V Lao, PaparazSea
Finding Macro is the tricky part at Twin Rocks. At Muck/Sandy sites, critters thrive since there are less fishes on the prowl. Imagine yourself being a tiny shrimp, seen by a thousand as the yummiest thing at their block, what would you do... naturally... hide. The tiny critters at reefs have learned the art of camouflage so well while most simply crawl under rocks, starfish, squeeze in soft corals, featherstars and hide deep down the crevices of the reefs. Knowing what rock, coral or crevice they are hiding is another story. With a knowledgable guide, you can do three dives a day at twin rocks and never get bored. 

Twin Rocks itself is home to so many macro predators in plain sight. The more popular ones are Ribbon Eels, Jawfish, Mantis Shrimps and if your eyes are sharp enough, there are warty frogfishes on the prowl within Twin Rocks itself.
Below is a small collection of the smaller things in life at the marine protected area.
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Dragon shrimp found in Twin Rocks
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occasional mouth brooding by resident Jawfish at Twin Rocks sandy portion
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ribbon moray eels are quite guaranteed

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Ceratosoma Alleni can be found at Twin Rocks
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mating nudibranches happen almost daily
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