Sunset Wrasse (Thalassoma lutescens) races down from the surface. Lord Howe Island.

Colorful Wrasses – Picassos of the Reef

Reef fishes have evolved some of the most amazing color patterns in the animal kingdom and no family holds more species with chromatically intense, out of this world designs than the wrasses. With over 600 species, wrasses are the most ...
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The rare sight of  a leatherback turtle (Dermochelys coriace) feeding on thimble jellyfish.

Reef Fish Heaven in the Solomon Islands

Want to dive on remote, pristine reefs with an abundance of fish species and no other divers in sight?  The Solomon Islands is the place. The archipelago of 990 islands lies in the South Pacific Ocean just east of Papua ...
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A sand tiger shark (Carcharias taurus) surrounded by tomtates (Haemulon aurolineatum) and round scad (Decapterus punctatus) on a wreck in North Carolina.

The Sand Tiger Sharks of North Carolina

Before the construction of lighthouses in the 1800s, North Carolina’s outer banks became the resting place for hundreds of vessels lost during storms. Most of these wrecks are located around Cape Hatteras, in an area also known as the “Graveyard ...
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Blacktip reef sharks (Carcharhinus melanopterus) reflect off the surface  on a shallow reef in Fakarava, French Polynesia.

Groupers and Sharks Abound in French Polynesia

Big schools of fish; healthy corals; ripping currents; warm, crystal clear blue waters and a huge and diverse shark population. That’s what makes Fakarava such an exceptional place to dive. The French Polynesian atoll has been an UNESCO biosphere reserve ...
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California sheephead (Semicossyphus pulcher).

The Fish of California’s Kelp Forests

California is known for epic kelp diving but the waters can be a bit chilly for tropical divers like myself. Looking for a quick summer dive trip close to home, I finally grew some skin and booked a trip with ...
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Scalloped hammerhead sharks (Sphyrna lewini) come to cleaning stations during the day to have  parasites and loose tissue removed by barberfish (Johnrandallia nigrirostris) and other cleaner  fishes. Cocos Island.

Cocos Island Marine Life

Cocos Island is mountainous rainforest paradise, remotely located 300 miles west of Costa Rica. A World Heritage Site and Costa Rica’s largest national park, the island is a biodiverse wonder that spans about 10 square miles.  Close to 100 endemic plant and ...
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Motion blur of two blue sharks (Prionace glauca) on the surface off New England.

Blue Sharks of Rhode Island

With an elegant snout, large  eyes and  a long sleek, brilliantly blue body, the blue shark (Prionace glauca) radiates grace and beauty. Blue sharks are circumglobal—they are found around the world in many different environments. They prefer cooler waters between ...
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Bumphead parrotfish (Scarus perrico) aggregate at dawn just before spawning on a reef in Palau.

Palau’s Spawning Aggregations

Palau is an underwater paradise, with more than 700 coral species and 1,500 fish species. Three converging, nutrient-rich ocean currents fuel Palau’s rich biodiversity and create some of the most diverse dive experiences on the planet. Located just two hours ...
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Juvenile ternate damselfish (Amblyglyphidodon ternatensis) in a crinoid.

The Fish and Critters of Anilao, Philippines

Anilao is a dream location for macro photographers. Located in the northern part of the coral triangle and fueled by the productive currents of the Maricaban Strait, the muck diving mecca is a biodiverse hotspot. Anilao's 40+ dive sites are home ...
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