Bonaire, 2008 – The juvenile French Angelfish, Pomacanthus paru, had taken up residence in a piece of wreckage, turning the unsightly structure into a cleaning station – a location that fish know they can visit to have parasites removed. Shrimps and fishes that make their living picking parasites and injured tissue from other fish are known as cleaners. We knelt in the sand for about half an hour, watching bar jacks buzz in for a quick visit. The angelfish … Read more Cute Fish Video: French Angelfish
Ambon Indonesia, April 2011 – Dark, murky water; volcanic rubble; no coral – we have been working our way to this site since the start of our dive cruise that began near Batanta, Indonesia two weeks ago. The areas we visit so far have stunningly beautiful coral reefs – full of fish, but the critter hunter in me unapologetically waits for my real target: Ambon’s Laha Pier, a.k.a., the Twilight Zone. This site has been serving up exotic critters since … Read more Ambon: Colorful Muck
Until our friend Jesse Armacost showed us tiny Red Clingfishes living in fire coral on Bonaire, I rarely paid any attention to those corals or what lived in them. Since then I’ve spent the end of many dives looking for tiny cryptic fishes and inverts that live in these typically shallow-water corals, but admit that I still didn’t really pay much attention to the corals themselves. Before I go any further, I should mention that technically, fire corals (milleporids) are … Read more Life List: Millepora striata
Cataloging long neglected video is a good way to fend off cabin fever. I relive dives and get some work done at the same time. I’m up to November 2008, Papua New Guinea – a rare day, with everything that for us, made the perfect dive: a shallow, mucky bay, with outflow from a river; warm water; no current – and – permission from the dive operator to stay down as long as we wanted! Unfortunately, the site had been ravaged … Read more Invertebrate Fun: Emperor Shrimp
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 On the Road: Blue Heron Bridge Dives
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:
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 Greetings from the BlennyWatcher!
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 I Love to Dive