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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Worldly Vistas: Kimbe Bay Soft Coral

Soft Coral, Papua New Guinea

On the Reef in the Bismarck Sea
Photographed in Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea is a special destination for divers with vast area of coral reefs, including fringing, barrier and atoll formations. Kimbe Bay is a large marine protected area on New Britain Island in northern PNG. Stunning soft corals are everywhere, not to mention the large schools of fish, pelagics, and hard coral gardens.  In all, it’s a perfect destination for underwater photography!


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Caribbean: French Angelfish

French Angelfish

French Angelfish
Photographed in Cayman Islands

 

It’s hard to believe but this beautiful fish starts out jet black with four bright yellow stripes, standing out like a bumble bee. As they grow, they metamorphosize into attractive adults with gold tipped scales covering the bodies and this distinctive face.

French angelfish, common throughout the Caribbean, have long been among my favorite underwater models. They will swim right up, acting curious and maybe a bit cautious. But, they stay around and that makes for wonderful photo ops!


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Asia: Ghost

Ornate Ghost Pipefish, Thailand

Ornate Ghost Pipefish
Photographed in Thailand

Ornate ghost pipefish are found in Indo-Pacific waters along reef edges prone to strong currents. At most, they are less than five inches long. They vary in color from red or yellow to black and may appear almost transparent.

Although relatively common, they are difficult to find as they well camouflaged and often float among sea grass. So, it is a real treat to be able to photograph one!


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Caribbean: Flying Gurnard

Flying Gurnard

Flying Gurnard

Photographed in Cayman Islands

Flying gurnards are found in the tropical warm temperate waters on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean.
Although they are actually bottom dwellers, they able to glide above the water for short distances on their outspread pectoral fins, which is why they are referrred to as “flying.”

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Indian Ocean: Big Fish!

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Whale Shark
Photographed in the Maldives

Whale sharks are slow-moving filter feeding and the largest known extant fish species.They are found in warm, open waters of the tropical oceans and rarely found in water below 72 °F. In other words, whale sharks like the same waters as me!

We have been extremely fortunate to be in open water with whale sharks twice: I photographed the one above while snorkeling in the beautiful warm, clear waters of the Maldive Islands. We also were diving with even larger ones in the Galapagos Islands.

See a whale shark in the open water? Consider yourself very lucky!


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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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Caribbean: Hamlets

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Indigo Hamlets
Photographed in Belize

These attractive fish are members of the Sea Bass or mini Grouper family . Indigo Hamlets grow to 5 – 6 inches and are fairly easy to spot with their distinctive blue bars. They are found living on coral reefs throughout the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, Bahamas and Florida Keys.


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Pacific Ocean: Crocodile!

Crocodile Fish

Crocodile Fish
Photographed in Indonesia

Crocodile fish dwell in sandy patches of shallow protected waters  on reefs. They are well camouflaged since they are covered with a pattern like a mosaic of beige to brown spots or even greenish to grey separated by an interlacing of blue lines.

I almost missed this guy, but glad I didn’t!


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