Worldly Vistas: Hard Coral Garden

Hard Coral, Yap, Federated States of Micronesia

Yellow Porites
Photographed in Yap

This bright yellow coral is one of the toughest stony corals we see on reefs. What makes diving in Yap so extraordinary was seeing fields of it. We kept diving and diving and diving, yet never seemed to reach the end of it.

Yap? You ask. Yes! It’s an island located in the Caroline Islands of the western Pacific Ocean, and is part of the Federated States of Micronesia.


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Worldly Vistas: Crinoid and Fan

Crinoid on Sea Fan, Indonesia

Crinoid on Red Sea Fan
Photographed in Indonesia

The rugged northern coastline of Sulawesi has steep drop-offs as well as slopes and pinnacles, which exhibit almost undamaged marine life. It is famed with soft corals, sponges, sea fans and crinoids. The colors are intense and diving is divine!


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Pacific Ocean: South for the Winter

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Humpback Whale Tail
Photographed in Hawaii

North Pacific Humpback Whales leave the icy waters around Alaska during the fall and swim practically non-stop for nearly 6 to 8 weeks before reaching their Hawaiian winter home. Once there, they mate, give birth, and nurture their calves.

Beginning in mid to late November, mother whales nursing their calves usually arrive first in Hawaii. Then juveniles and newly weaned yearlings come. The adult males arrive next, double the number of adult females who follow. Finally, the pregnant females arrive, after feeding up to the last minute in Alaska.


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Pacific Ocean: Night Heron

Black Headed Heron, Hawaii

Black-Crowned Night Heron
Photographed in Hawaii

I’m accustomed to seeing long-limbed herons, so it was rather surprising that this stocky bird is related to those graceful flyers. But, it’s true.

The black-crowned night heron is small with squat, thick proportions. It has short legs that, in flight, barely reach the end of its tail. The wings are broad and rounded.


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Pacific Ocean: Rainbow

Hawaii Rainbow

Rainbow

Photographed in Hawaii

 A rainbow may be just a meteorological phenomenon that is caused by reflection, refraction and dispersion of light in water droplets resulting in a spectrum of light appearing in the sky.

But to me, it’s so much more. It’s something…

  • to make me smile
  • to make me wish
  • to give hope
  • and a sign of love!

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Pacific Ocean: Clowning Around

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Clownfish in Anemone
Photographed in Papua New Guinea

Clownfish and their host anemones live at the bottom of shallow seas in sheltered reefs or in shallow lagoons in warm Indo-Pacific waters. They have a well-documented symbiotic relationship, each providing benefits to the other. The anemone protects the clowns from predators, as well as providing food through the scraps left from the anemone’s meals and occasional dead anemone tentacles. In return, the clownfish defends the anemone from its predators, and parasites.

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