A brown pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis) flying over water in the late afternoon.
Hawaiian spinner dolphins (Stenella longirostris) cruise on the glassy ocean surface infront of Diamond Head, Oahu on a picture perfect day.
Swimming pelagic marine copepod (5.7 mm).
Red lionfish (Pterois volitans) on a wreck. After years of seeing lionfish wreck havoc on Bahamaian reefs I finally cooked one up for dinner. Surpriginly, they’re declious!
Hawksbill turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata) swims over soft corals.
False percula clownfish (Amphiprion ocellaris) eggs near hatching.
A 34 day old cultured juvenile porcupine fish (Diodon holocanthus) – obviously upset about being in a photo tank. It’s amazing porcupinefish have spines and can inflate their body at such a small size (3/4″).
A lone manta ray (Manta birostris) in the distaince cruises by a cliff at dusk.
Motion blur of great hammerhead shark (Sphyrna mokarran) over sand in the Bahamas.
Magenta slender anthias (Luzonichthys waitei) school over gorgonian in Eastern fields, PNG.
A spotted eagle ray (Aetobatus narinari) floats over moonlike bottom in Hawaii.
Tiger shark (Galeocerdo cuvier) cruises over a reef in the Bahamas.
Curious Hawaiian monk seal (Monachus schauinslandi) swims over rcoks off the Big Island of Hawaii.
Gorgonians on a deep reef in the Solomon islands.
Mmm…Yummy! A yellow dog-faced puffer (Arothron nigropunctatus) samples the tip of a Montipora coral. In puffers, the beak forms from 4 front teeth that fuse during juvenile development.
A pod of spinner dolphins (Stenella longirostris ) cruises over sand bottom in Hawaii.
A school of bigeye trevally (C. sexfasciatus) races along sea cliffs under stormy seas off Socorro Island.
Mantas feeding on plankton at the manta ray night dive in Kona, Hawaii.
Among lots of commotion, a lemon shark makes eye contact. Getting close to sharks is not without consequences – the dermal denticles (literally, “tiny skin teeth”) that cover their body can easily scratch the dome port.
Great hammerhead shark (Sphyrna mokarran) swims between several nurse sharks (Ginglymostoma cirratum) lying on sand in the Bahamas.
Multiple pink anemonefish (Amphiprion perideraion) in Fiji peek out from balled- up anemone.
Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) and sunrays from below.
An oceanic whitetip shark (Carcharhinus longimanus) circling towards the surface.
Grass with water droplet and rainbow in morning sun.
Magenta slender anthias (Luzonichthys waitei) school over soft corals in Eastern fields, PNG.
Don’t mess with my reef! A coral grouper (Cephalopholis miniata) in his soft coral garden.
Brightly colored sponges, starfish and anthias reef scene in Raja Ampat, Indonesia.
Two Atlantic spotted dolphins (Stenella frontalis) up close in clear, blue water of the Bahamas.
A crinoid (Crinoid sp) looking stylish at night.
This pygmy seahorse (Hippocampus bargibanti) species is widespread in the western central Pacific. It’s tiny – no larger than 2.4 cm. Bargibanti is known to occur only on gorgonian corals of the genus Muricella, and has evolved to resemble its host. The tubercles and truncated snout of this species match the color and shape of the polyps of the host gorgonian, while its body matches the gorgonian stem. Lembeh Strait, Indonesia.
A young tiger shark (Galeocerdo cuvier) and lone bar jack on white sand in the Bahamas.
A titan triggerfish (Balistoides viridescens) breaks up coral to feed on hidden reef invertebrates under afternoon sunrays.
A pair of orange-finned anemonefish (A. chrysopterus) under sun rays settle in for the night.
A squirrelfish and surgeonfish hover above a bommy in the Bahamas.
An Atlantic spotted dolphin (Stenella frontalis) torpedos by in clear turqoise waters of the Bahamas.
Snorkeling in the Galapagos Islands with adult king angelfish (Holocanthus passer) feeding on plankton. The shallows around the Galapagos Islands are so full of life – there’s almost no need to dive here.
Coral grouper (C. miniata) about to hide in a mushroom leather coral.
Trapped coral crabs in a 300 foot abandoned gill net on a reef in the surf zone on Oahu, Hawaii. The net also had trapped parrotfish, wrasses, goatfish, surgeonfish, spiny lobsters, slipper lobsters and other fish that had decayed beyond identification.
A Carribbean reef shark (Carcharhinus perezi ) at dusk in the Bahamas. At just over 2 feet, junior here still has several years to grow before reaching adulthood (5-7 feet).
Great white shark (Carcharodon carcharias).
Pigs wading in the ocean in the Exumas, Bahamas.
Juvenile fish make their home on a floating tree branch in the open ocean.
An orange clark’s anenomefish (Amphiprion clarkii) fans its eggs in a beautiful bubble-tip anemone.
A cuttlefish (Sepia officinalis) at dusk.
Three clownfish (Amphiprion ocellaris) in an orange mantled anemone in the Solomon Islands.
Colorful wrasses and butterflyfish gobble up Pacific sergeant eggs.
Two peas in a pod. Bottlenose and Atlantic spotted dolphins spend lots of time together in the Bahamas. They play and forage together, babysit each others calves and even hybridize on rare occasions.
Too cute. A slender mola ((Ranzania laevis) embryo (1.7 mm) ready for life in the deep blue. This little guy was raised in my hatchery.