Damsels and cardinalfish surround soft corals and sponges on a wreck mast in Truck Lagoon

The Fishy Side of Truk Lagoon

On February 17th and 18th 1944, the US navy launched a crippling air attack on the Japanese Imperial Fleet located inside the sheltered waters of Truk (Chuuk) Lagoon in Micronesia. The assault, code-named "Operation Hailstone”, was multiple times more powerful ...
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Colorful scene of common California kelp forest fishes.

California’s Channel Islands Marine Life

Two years after first diving California’s giant kelp forests, I’m back to experience more of this unique ecosystem. Only this time around, conditions were much different. An out of season mass of cold green water from the north had surrounded ...
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Leopard blenny larva near the ocean surface of  the pelagic zone at night.

Oahu’s Blackwater Creatures

I am drifting on flat, calm seas above 1500 feet of water. It is close to 8:30 p.m., three days after the new moon. The Waikiki skyline is glimmering about three miles in the distance. A 10,000-lumen light on the ...
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A tiger shark (Galeocerdo cuvier) inspects a sperm whale carcass off Oahu, Hawaii. The particles in the water is decaying organic matter from the dead whale.

A Sperm Whale Carcass in Hawaii!

Majestic, graceful, and ever so vital to the health of our oceans, large predatory sharks are awesome! For me, seeing these apex predators underwater is humbling and a lot of fun. But finding and photographing large sharks up close in ...
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Reef Fish Heaven in the Solomon Islands

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, the shallow waters around North Carolina’s coast became the resting place for hundreds of vessels lost during storms. In World Wars II, German U-boats destroyed dozens more ships further offshore. Over 400 wrecks ...
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Blacktip reef sharks 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 water and large and diverse shark populations. That’s what makes Fakarava such an exceptional place to dive. The French Polynesian atoll has been an UNESCO biosphere reserve since ...
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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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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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Cocos Island Marine Life

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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Bird's eye view of Singapore's Tekka Market.

A Stroll Through Singapore’s Seafood Markets

It’s 8:00 a.m. on a Saturday morning. The local wet market is bustling with people. Initially, the strong odor of recently dead fish overwhelms my nose, but this is easily adjusted to. The market’s seafood offering boasts the greatest abundance ...
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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 40–70°F ...
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Bumphead parrotfish aggregate off a reef before spawning

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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Green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas) in the shallows.

Meet The Iconic Green Sea Turtle

Sea turtles lived through the age of the dinosaurs—some as long as 250 million years ago. They have a deep connection within the stories of many different cultures; symbolizing knowledge, wisdom, and immortality. The range of the green sea turtle ...
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