Bumblebee Shrimp

Bumblebee shrimp crawling over octopus

Blue Heron Bridge Visit

September 28, 2015

Two weeks ago, I posted about a dive at the Blue Heron Bridge where I watched a female box crab molt while in the grasp of a male. Ned had good luck too. Bumblebee shrimp are known to feed on the tube feet of echinoderms, so we usually see them on or under urchins and sea cucumbers.  He had stopped to watch an octopus feeding on a gastropod whose shell was too large to fit into the den. Imagine his … Read more

Wrasse in Alor region Ned Deloach Blennywatcher.com

Banda Sea Images

October 31, 2014

Banda Sea, April 2014 ~ This algae covered decorator crab, found by Ned on a night dive off Pantar, Indonesia, is one of my favorite images from our April trip around the Banda Sea. We boarded the Dewi Nusantara in Ambon and dived our way down through and around the southern perimeter of the Banda Sea and across through the Alor region, ending in Flores. And oh, what a trip! Last year, I posted about the little bryozoan goby that … Read more

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Caribbean Invertebrate Quiz

July 20, 2014

For the past two weeks, we challenged you to test your identification skills on invertebrate close-ups from the Indo-Pacific. As promised, here is a Caribbean invertebrate quiz. These images are close-ups of invertebrates that are found in the waters of the tropical western Atlantic and Caribbean. Click on each image to reveal the entire animal: Hope you have enjoyed these past few posts – we’ll be back with more from time to time ~ the Blennywatchers

Bumblebee Shrimp, Gnathophyllum americanum Ned DeLoach

Dominica: Invertebrates

April 7, 2014

Dominica, February 2014 ~ Poring through the new copy of Reef Creature Identification between dives, our guides Tony and Imran mentioned that they could find Onuphis worms, specifically, an undescribed species that we had never personally seen before. Tony showed us one at the very end of a fish survey dive and in the excitement, ahem, all air was consumed from certain tanks. The site was shallow and full of other interesting things so plans were made to return the following … Read more