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Arty Goby
Hairy Frogfish must be one of the craziest creatures in nature!
Found this guy off Exmouth, Western Australia. I think it's an Aphelodoris.
Found this stunning nudibranch (Ceratosoma magnificum) off Komodo
Plenty of these cheeky Toadfish around the Exmouth Navy Pier. They litterally croak, hence the name!
The Pyjama Cardinalfish must have one of the craziest patterns in the animal kingdom - and so aptly named!
Before snorkelling with Whalesharks at Ningaloo reef I did a dive and was found by this enormous Giant Grouper which swam directly infront of the sun for this shot.I consider the reefs of western Australia much more rewarding than the Barrier reef
Another small shrimp, Horned bumblebee shrimp (Phyllognathia ceratopthalmus), which feeds on starfish although somewhat rarer than my submission from yesterday, the Harlequin shrimp. This pair were living among sponges on a rocky outcrop.
Harlequin shrimp feed on starfish and work as a pair to move their prey from the reef to a larder where they feats on it over a week or so. This shot shows a solitary shrimp sat on a starfish arm taking a rest.
Pair of Clark's Anemonefish tend to their eggs. I spent a whole dive with these guys and got plenty of shots with one parent and their eggs but just two of both parents.
Diver returning from dusk dive.
An efficient symbiosis - the blind but hard working Alpheid shrimp with the ever vigilant partner Goby.
Getting up at 5.30am paid off - I saw my first ever Blue ring Octopus! Unfortunately and unbelievably it got eaten before my very eyes! After one attack the flounder returned to finish off the octopus despite its deadly toxin. The flounder lived!
Whilst searching for the dugong in Marsa Alam egypt, we came accross this huge green turtle feeding on the sea grass, with his remora buddy. This shot was taken with a 20mm wide angle so the turtle was inches away from the lens.
A large pod of Rough Tooth Dolphins passed by Mary island in the Solomons. For this image i shot from the surface with a 20mm wide angle as quite a few inquisitive individuals were checking us out.
This school of Gold saddled goatfish were hunting a group of baitfish at Ningaloo reef in western Australia
Free swimming Weedy Pygmy Seahorse. I found small colonies of these guys in both Fiji and Solomon Is. last year. Neither of the boats I was on had seen them before, which was pretty exciting. Getting this free swimming shot was a nightmare!
Snorkeller in the shallows of a coral lagoon inspects a Linkia starfish
A shrimp rest on a vivd red corallimorph.
Portrait of an undersea beast - Weedy Scorpionfish, Rhinopias frondosa, taken in Lembeh Straits.
This adolescent Napoleon Wrasse had been snacking on a sea urchin which left many painful looking spines in the fish's lips along with some pigmentation. The shot was taken with a 20mm lens and he came within inches of the lens.
This was taken over the side of our boat at the famed Great White spot of Guadalupe island, Mexico. A polariser helped cut down glare off the water.
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