Fishwatching: An Undescribed Goby

November 20, 2011

It’s taking me twice as long as necessary to pull video for a project because other cool shots keep distracting me. I’m in the January 2006 archives and just ran across footage of a very tiny undescribed goby (calm down, we like all small fish – even gobies), a Callogobius sp. that I had forgotten all about. In Pictorial Guide to Indonesian Reef Fishes (Kuiter and Tonozuka), it is given the common name, Mini Mud-Goby. Known from Borneo and Indonesia … Read more

On the Road: Blue Heron Bridge Dives

November 7, 2011

Since this summer’s launch of Blenny Week, we have been on the go! Some planned and several unforeseen (but necessary) road trips have kept us running. Three short trips were all we could manage to Riviera Beach’s famous Blue Heron Bridge.  We owe much of our success there to the local crowd, known to some as the Mucksters (a subset of whom are also known as the Ladies of the Muck), who dive the area every week and share their … Read more

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TGIF – Build Your Own Dive Gear

November 4, 2011

This week we are attending DEMA, the dive industry trade show. We aren’t party animals, but last night we spent a couple of hours with friends at the Wetpixel/DivePhotoGuide party. For some reason Sort of Diver, A Sport Diving Lampoon, published in 1995 by dear friends Patricia and Richard Collins was on my mind after we left the party. So, inspired by all the dive equipment and dive talk this week, it seems appropriate to share a favorite photo borrowed … Read more

Halloween Blenny

October 30, 2011
Bonaire cave article

Bonaire Postcard

September 14, 2011

From the archives: Originally published in Scuba Diver AustralAsia for their “What it Looks Like” series, our contribution was written after a visit to one of Bonaire’s caves:  

Blennies bite too, but that’s not why we love them

September 8, 2011

We could tell the story about how a few years ago, the BlennyWatcher was invited to participate in a Shark Week show pitch at Discovery Channel headquarters (which is worth a visit, if for no other reason than to see the cool kinetic sculpture in the lobby) and how hopes were deflated by an exec who said the treatment needed to be more “bitey”…but we won’t go there. In fact, the show pitch needed much work beyond its lack of … Read more

Greetings from the BlennyWatcher!

July 31, 2011

The blenny is our poster fish but we love all fish, even the big ones; we just don’t talk about them as much. We blog about whatever strikes the BlennyWatcher’s fancy – fishwatching, SCUBA diving, travel – our topics are happily all over the place. It may take us a while to settle into this new blog home but we’re excited about sharing our adventures with you! We celebrate the launch of this blog by introducing Blenny Week, videos created … Read more

I Love to Dive

July 31, 2011

Some years back, Scuba Diving Magazine asked if we would provide video content to accompany the articles we write for the publication. I have carried a video camera underwater with me for years, to help me identify fish and invertebrates and to record their behavior. I would occasionally turn the camera on my dive buddies if we found ourselves in an unusual or humorous situation, but generally had very few wide-angle scenics with or without people. In 2007 I created … Read more

Eat ’em to beat ’em

July 31, 2011

REEF recently released the Lionfish Cookbook.  All proceeds of the sale go to the organization’s Invasive Lionfish Program. The cookbook is co-authored by Lad Akins, Reef’s Director of Special Projects and Chef Tricia Ferguson with photos by photographer David Stone. Joanne Kidd designed the book and did the graphic layout work. We collect cookbooks; some because we love to bake and some because the foodie in us can’t resist. The BlennyWatcher took particular interest in this project because good friend … Read more

Sea Beans – recent finds

July 31, 2011

  An enthusiastic collector of beach and underwater curiosities, I will never pass up a chance to hunt for sea beans. On dive cruises I’ve even been known to skip a dive to catch a ride to a deserted shore for an hour or two of beachcombing.       We stopped off in North Sulawesi recently to spend a few days with dear friends, Jim and Cary Yanny, co-owners of Eco Divers in North Sulawesi.  It was Cary’s birthday … Read more