Fish Watching

Snake Eel in Sea grass by Ned DeLoach Blennywatcher.com

Photo Friday: Plant Kingdom

December 7, 2013

This week’s Photo Friday Challenge is Plant Kingdom. Seagrass is a flowering plant, sometimes found in huge underwater meadows. Seagrass beds are one of our favorite underwater habitats – we never know what we’ll find – like this spotted snake eel.

Juvenile Naso Ned DeLoach BlennyWatcher.com

Portraits from Palau

November 27, 2013

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… … Read more

Short Bigeye juvenile Ned DeLoach BlennyWatcher.com

Blue Heron Juveniles

July 26, 2013

Ned just posted a lot of his images from the past few years’ dives at the Blue Heron Bridge in Riviera Beach Florida over on our other blog, MarineLifeBlog.  It includes several juvenile fishes, so I thought I’d post a couple of them, along with photos of what they look like as adults. Some juvenile fishes look just like miniature versions of the adults; the Great Barracuda and Bandtail Puffer come to mind. Others, like many damselfishes and angelfishes, look … Read more

Spawning hamlets Ned DeLoach BlennyWatcher.com

Hamlet Update

July 15, 2013

Ever since I attended REEF’s free online Fishinar about hamlets, presented by talented instructor/photographer Jonathan Lavan (his Underpressure photo blog ) I’ve intended to read up on the latest about hamlets. They are one of my other favorite groups of fishes (it’s not always about blennies) so I thought I’d share. Hamlets are a genus of small reef fish in the seabass family Serranidae found in western Atlantic, Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico waters. The first time we ever saw … Read more

Sargassumfish Ned DeLoach BlennyWatcher.com

Photo Friday: Body of Water

June 7, 2013

Bermuda sits at the western edge of the Sargasso Sea. We have spent hours sifting through the Sargassum seaweed looking for the cryptic animals, like the tiny Sargassumfish, that spend their lives in this floating home.

Bermuda Yellowhead Wrasse Ned DeLoach BlennyWatcher.com

Bermuda Daydream

June 3, 2013

Isn’t this Yellowhead Wrasse from Bermuda gorgeous? Even though Bermuda shares many of the same species with the rest of the western Atlantic, the island’s geographical isolation has led to some interesting variations. For example, in Bermuda the terminal phase Yellowhead Wrasse has a red back – as can be seen in the photo above. In fact, their common name for this fish is Redback. Earlier this year, our friend Ron Lucas sent news about the Bermuda Reef Life HD … Read more

Pair of bryozoan gobies Ned DeLoach BlennyWatcher.com

A Bryozoan Goby and More!

May 27, 2013

Update April 2016 ~ The paper describing the little Bryozoan Goby was published this month in the Journal of Ocean Science.  It is  named Sueviota bryozophila. The paper by scientists, Gerald R. Allen, Mark V. Erdmann,  and N.K. Dita Cahyani, is titled “Sueviota bryozophila, a new species of coral-reef goby from Indonesia (Teleostei: Gobiidae)”, and is available online from the Journal of the Ocean Science Foundation.  With this goby, the genus Sueviota has five species. The Latinized species name, bryozophila, means bryozoan-loving.  Since we wrote about this … Read more

Lynne's Pipefish (Festucalex rufus) Ned DeLoach Blennywatcher.com

Lynne’s Pipefish

May 3, 2013

Update~January 24, 2015:  Lynne’s Pipefish has been formally described as Festucalex rufus. The paper appears in the journal, aqua, International Journal of Ichthyology, 21 (1): 47-51: “Allen, G.R. & Erdmann, M.V. (2015): Festucalex rufus, a new species of pipefish (Syngnathidae) from Milne Bay Province, Papua New Guinea”  April 2013, Indonesia ~ There is great excitement this morning – Claire Davies has surfaced reporting that she has seen “Lynne’s Pipefish”, so now there is no question where we’ll be making the … Read more

Flying fish from Bermuda by Ned DeLoach - BlennyWatcher.com

Bermuda Flying Fish

October 15, 2012

October 2012 ~ Bermuda – an island where we ran wild with our obsessions! While I prepared to spend the morning bottle hunting with Tammy and Ken Marks, Chris Flook pulled up to our dive boat in his launch and rescued Ned, whisking him off to explore the Sargassum. An easterly wind had conveniently blown rafts of the seaweed into a nearby bay, giving Ned all the excuse he needed to jump ship. They came roaring back three hours later with a … Read more

Chain moray Anna DeLoach BlennyWatcher.com

Colorful Bonaire

September 1, 2012

Bonaire, August 2012 ~ Happy Saturday! The BlennyWatcher is in Bonaire, where we’ve had a splendid two weeks catching up with news from old friends, meeting new and doing what we love most: scuba diving! This is our tenth year as resident naturalists at Buddy Dive, where we spend a month every summer talking fish with like-minded enthusiasts. Our dives have yielded some lovely, colorful images: I visited a Chain Moray, Echidna catenata, that has been in the same spot for … Read more