Portraits from Palau

Juvenile Naso Ned DeLoach BlennyWatcher.com
One of the cutest fish ever – a juvenile in the genus Naso (surgeonfish family)

Ned went diving last month in Palau, a destination we had long wanted to visit. I had to change plans at the last minute and stay home with my parents so I missed out on the trip but we are counting Ned’s visit as a recon for a future visit when we can both go. This week on Blenny Watcher we share some of my favorite images from his visit. They range from a speck of an algae shrimp to… a shark! Yes, here on Blennywatcher, a shark photo by Ned DeLoach, but don’t get too excited – he took it with his 60 mm macro lens.

Humphead Wrasse Ned DeLoach BlennyWatcher.com
Humphead Wrasse (Cheilinus undulatus) making a close pass
Cleaner Wrasse and Barramundi Ned DeLoach BlennyWatcher.com
Always on the watch for behavior: Bluestriped Cleaner Wrasse clean a Barramundi
Ctenophore Ned DeLoach BlennyWatcher.com
A worm larva, captured during an open water night drift dive
Cave Pygmygoby Ned DeLoach BlennyWatcher.com
A half-inch Cave Pygmygoby (Trimma taylori)
Algae Shrimp Ned DeLoach BlennyWatcher.com
And Palau has itty bitty stuff too, like this algae shrimp – the size of a flax seed.
Arrowhead Soapfish Ned DeLoach BlennyWatcher.com
Arrowhead Soapfish (Belonoperca chabanaudi)
Gray Reef Shark with Bigeye Jacks Ned DeLoach BlennyWatcher.com
OK, for the record, a shark picture taken by Ned (but he used his 60mm macro lens)
Spawning Pink Anemonefish Ned DeLoach BlennyWatcher.com
Pink Anemonefish (Amphiprion perideraion) laying yellow eggs
Jellyfish Ned DeLoach BlennyWatcher.com
Cephea cephea, Crown Jellyfish, in open water