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A Black Grouper charges in and steals the frozen bait ball, the chumsicle

The Big Gulp

August 8, 2020

An opportunistic Black Grouper steals the show at a Bahamas shark feeding dive by snapping up the chumsicle.

Yellownose Goby peeks out of a Christmas Tree Worm

Christmas Tree Thief

July 27, 2020

When I became a diver, worms were among the first reef creatures to attract my attention. More accurately, it was the exposed crowns of frilly gills of Christmas Tree Worms, Spirobranchus giganteus, that drew my eye—so colorful, so appealing, so utterly unwormlike, and to Anna’s and my unending irritation, gone in a flash whenever we swam too close. While the worms’ long segmented bodies remain tucked away safe and sound inside strong calcareous tubes, their delicate crowns, vital for absorbing … Read more Christmas Tree Thief

Coconut Octopus trying to steal food from the other.

Sixteen-arm Tussle

July 13, 2020

Note: Portions of this article were originally published in Asian Diver magazine 2006 and in Scuba Diving magazine 2008. While exploring the pumice plain of Lembeh Strait in northern Sulawesi, Indonesia, I watched a coconut roll down the steep sandy slope of Teluk Kembahu Bay. Even though much of the Strait’s mountainous terrain is fringed with copra plantations, and huskless shell halves commonly litter the seafloor, I had never seen an intact coconut underwater, much less one tumbling along the … Read more Sixteen-arm Tussle

Sleeping filefishes Indo-Pacific and Caribbean

In the Grip of Sleep

July 2, 2020

One of our favorite suggestions for fish watchers in the Caribbean is to look for small one-to four-inch Slender Filefish, Monacanthus tuckeri, hiding out within gorgonian bushes, where they shelter from predators, feed, and even more delightful, sleep or rest at night by biting down on polyps for stability – especially helpful when the current runs. This behavior turns out to be a common family trait. In the Caribbean, we have also observed the Whitespotted Filefish, Cantherhines macrocerus,  Orangespotted Filefish, … Read more In the Grip of Sleep

More than Forty Years

June 15, 2020

We have more than forty years of magazines stuffed into bookshelves and closets around our house. We scanning and adding them to the BlennyWatcher Publications page.

photo of a larval Crocodile Toothfish, family Champsodontidae

Pacifico Azul’s Blackwater Magic

April 2, 2020

Following the lead of veteran blackwater photographers, we headed for Anilao, Philippines for seldom-seen larval fishes and invertebrates.

Two Brothers rocks (Morro Dois Irmaos) - Probably the most iconic view of Fernando de Noronha.

A Visit to Fernando de Noronha, Brazil – Above and Below

March 24, 2020

Fernando de Norohna isn’t necessarily easy to reach, but the endemic fishes and gorgeous scenery are worth the journey.

Rainfordia opercularis, Flathead Perch, by Ned DeLoach

Surprise! Rainfordia opercularis, the Flathead Perch – Found in Indonesia

February 25, 2019

Raja Ampat, Indonesia. February 2019.  Ned bursts into our cabin, “Yan and I shot a fish we’ve never seen before!”  It must be good – he hasn’t bothered to dry off before rushing down to download his camera’s memory card into his laptop. Now I regret skipping the morning dive. Tapping with one finger to avoid dripping into the laptop keys, Ned describes how he and Yan spent 40 minutes in a small cavern, patiently waiting for the 6-inch fish to make … Read more Surprise! Rainfordia opercularis, the Flathead Perch – Found in Indonesia

Ceram Blenny eggs, Salarias ceramensis, photo by Ned DeLoach

Ceram Blenny Eggs

April 2, 2018

Lembeh Strait, March 2018 ~ Our visit to Lembeh was short this time – we stopped over for a week on our way to Triton Bay – so I concentrated on things like comparing populations of blennies on certain sites, with what we’d seen during our extended September-October stay, just four months ago. One of my favorite blennies in Lembeh is the very large Ceram Blenny, Salarias ceramensis. Over the years, we’d run into an occasional five or six-inch individual … Read more Ceram Blenny Eggs

Marine leeches on Shorthead fangblenny, Petroscirtes breviceps

Oh Poor Blenny!

March 18, 2018

Lembeh Strait, Indonesia ~ March 2018 Oh poor blenny, I saw him peeking out from a palm frond in the black sand muck in Lembeh Strait. From a distance, he looked a little odd, but I didn’t think much of it until my video lights revealed bright orange bits of something hanging off its side. I’ve seen an occasional parasitic copepod hanging onto a blenny, but these were quite different and I needed Ned to get a photo that we … Read more Oh Poor Blenny!