Scuba Adventures

Bonaire shore dive

Photo Friday: Perspective

June 12, 2014

This is my entry for this week’s Photo Friday topic: Perspective. One of the things that makes diving so appealing on the island of Bonaire is the access to sites from shore. The story is a little different on the east side of the island, where the shoreline is rough and in most places, high above sea level, making entries difficult. The camera, placed in a rather small hole, creates an interesting perspective; the ancient coral reef, long exposed to … Read more Photo Friday: Perspective

Balloonfish Dominica Ned DeLoach

Dominica 2014

March 25, 2014

Dominica! When Ned and I were asked to lead a 2014 REEF (Reef Environmental Education Foundation) field survey, we suggested the lush tropical island in the eastern Caribbean. Our 2011 visit with friends, including the Wilk family (of ReefNet fame) and Dr. Ben Victor, had been so productive that we were eager to return. The eastern Caribbean has some interesting diving and the region has plenty of unusual fishes to lure avid fishwatchers looking to add a few more species … Read more Dominica 2014

Banggai Cardinalfish Lembeh Strait Ned DeLoach

Why We Love Lembeh

February 4, 2014

In 1999, on our first trip to Lembeh Strait, Indonesia, we were introduced to dives unlike any we’d ever experienced. No colorful coral reefs here – this was “muck diving” – a new concept to us. Dropping down into greenish water to behold a wide-open expanse of nothing but black sand was almost enough to send many of us scurrying back to the boat. But it had taken us 44 hours and 5 flights to get here, so we stuck … Read more Why We Love Lembeh

Anchor Tuskfish, Choerodon anchorago, Ned DeLoach,

More Blennywatcher 2013 Favorites

January 3, 2014

Here are a few more favorite Blennywatcher images from 2013. If you are a regular reader of this blog, you will already have seen most of our favorite images, but some didn’t make into a post and others were published earlier this year in Alert Diver, Scuba Diving or Wetpixel. So, we’re ringing in the New Year with a few more photos from 2013, starting with this Anchor Tuskfish displaying quite a mouthful of teeth. The menacing look is quite … Read more More Blennywatcher 2013 Favorites

Juvenile Naso Ned DeLoach

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 Portraits from Palau

Coconut meat

Photo Friday: Delicious!

September 10, 2013

This is my entry for the Photo Friday: Delicious! challenge. Aboard the Dewi Nusantara, fresh green coconut was one of my favorite after-dive snacks. Nothing processed, no additives – just fresh and succulent, right out of the husk. The crew demonstrated how to eat  the coconut meat by cutting off a small part of the green husk to create a scoop. Delicious!

Swimming Melibe nudibranch from Ambon Ned DeLoach

Photo Friday: Activity

July 26, 2013

Photo Friday: Activity is the challenge this week. Our favorite activity underwater is “critter hunting” – the search for unusual fish and invertebrates.  Finding cool critters like this crocodile fish above and the rare melibe nudibranch below are what keep us diving.

Photo Friday: Season of Sun

June 25, 2013

We were lamenting leaving home during our favorite season, late spring, until we woke our first morning in Indonesia to the sun rising over Manado Bay. Just around the corner we found little mudskippers, from the goby family. Mudskippers have adapted to life in shallow, muddy areas by breathing through their skin. These occasionally made a funny little flip, presumably to wet their skin for protection from the very hot sun.

Bermuda Yellowhead Wrasse Ned DeLoach

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 Bermuda Daydream

Ternate at night

Photo Friday : Metropolis

May 19, 2013

Sometimes a SCUBA expedition affords us a chance to explore more than the underwater world. At one time, Ternate and its neighboring island, Tidore, were the only source of cloves in the world, making them rich and powerful centers of trade. This is also where our hero, Alfred Russel Wallace wrote “On the Tendency of Varieties to Depart Indefinitely From the Original Type”, his theory of evolution that rocked Darwin’s world. The above photo was taken as we approached the … Read more Photo Friday : Metropolis