Underwater

Tarpon and Silversides, Grand Cayman

The picture was taken at Eden Rock, Grand Cayman. For just a short time every year these silversides swarm caves and swim-throughs at Cayman dive sites. The picture was taken late afternoon just as the sun was going down. I was hiding behind the silversides, low in the rocks. As the tarpon swam through the silversides, they eventually saw me and turned away. Just like you see in the picture.

Clownfish and Bubble-Tipped Anemone

Bleached by high water temperatures, this bubble-tipped anemone is largely devoid of the algae that provide color as well as energy from photosynthesis. Though stressed, it will likely survive and continue to serve its clownfish.

Coconut Island Fish, Hawaii

This photo was taken in the lagoon at Coconut Island, Hawaii. I worked there for seven years and Kaneohe is one of my favorite places. Because the little island is preserved, the reefs are still intact

Crabeater Seal

Crabeater seals (Lobodon carcinophagus) are one of the most curious animals I was fortunate to work with. When the gulf waters freeze over during the Antarctic winter, they hunt for the krill that lives underneath the ice surface. These curious and happy seals gather around airholes, which they use to take in air after hunting or playing underwater. Scuba diving in a place like that is a wonderful and exciting adventure.

Dwarf Minke Whale

A dwarf minke whale cuts through the water, its many throat grooves clearly visible.

Manta Ray, Maldives

Each year lunar tides and Indian Ocean monsoon currents combine to drive plankton and tropical krill into confined bays around the islands of the Maldives. These protein-packed waters invite large concentrations of manta rays to an all-you-can-eat buffet. Despite their large size, with wingspans stretching up to 12 feet (3.6 meters), as many as 200 mantas may pack a football field-sized bay during these feeding frenzies.

Lionfish

A venomous lionfish breaks into a huge ball of swirling baitfish.

March 13, 2021
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