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by Tara Short
Olive Ridley and Leatherback sea turtles all frequent the productive waters in this region and make for exciting encounters when on a dive. Coming face to face with prehistoric reptiles reminds me why I started diving in the first place. Speckled brown shells, intricate green scales, and slow graceful gliding, these turtles make epic journeys across the sea–some even swimming half way to Japan and back!
May 13, 2016 | SDRStaff
Is it just me or does the Bobbit Worm kind of remind you of the underground creatures from the movie Tremors, Alien or Predators.
A common myth about the Bobbit Worm is that they got their name from the fact that the female worms cuts off the penis of the male worm after mating, and then feeds it to her young. Remember the John & Lorena Bobbit story. Well, this is actually not true. In fact, the worms lack penises entirely.
May 10, 2016 | SDRStaff
Nestled in cracks and crevices in coral reefs off the coast in South East Asia, so-called disco clams are busy putting on a light show. But unlike many animals in the ocean that produce their own light, a new study finds that these flashy mollusks catch and reflect ambient light for their displays.
Found throughout the Indo-Pacific, Ctenoides ales is a striking saltwater clam with colorful tendrils and a peculiar talent long known to divers: It produces flashes of light that at first glance look like flickers of neon or ripples of electricity. Hence its nickname, the “electric”, or disco clam.
May 4, 2016 | SDRStaff
Gobies, Blennies, & Dragonets share many characteristics. They are small, bottom-dwelling, mostly carnivorous fishes that can be found in virtually every niche and habitat type in temperate and tropical seas worldwide.
April 29, 2016 | SDRStaff
The Cookie Monster from Sesame Street?
The splendid toadfish has a highly restricted distribution, occurring in Caribbean, around Cozumel Island, situated off the eastern coast of the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, and around a single reef off the coast of Belize. Adults size are about 4-6 Inches..
April 29, 2016 | SDRStaff
The Lilly of the Sea. Feather Stars, are one of the most beautiful and peaceful starfish. Their scientific family “Crinoidea” means “Lily Like” in Greek. Makes sense as they do appear to look more like a Flower.
Feather Starfish, a free swimming crinoid, Can be seen in almost all of the best dive spots in the World.
April 25, 2016 | SDRStaff
Seen often but very seldom do you see them this close let alone Photograph them. Those of you who have tried to get close KNOW just how difficult and frustrating it is to get close. Before they sink into their burrows.
Photo By Ryan Photographic. Heteroconger hassi Spotted garden eels, Kri Eco, Raja Ampat. Canon 40D, 60 mm macro and Ikelite Underwater Systems.
From far away, colonies of garden eels look like a field of swaying seagrass. Moving closer, the ‘seagrass’ often disappears. There may be hundreds and even thousands of eels living together in a colony.
April 24, 2016 | SDRStaff
Squat lobsters are small, colorful and not actually lobsters.
Although the Squat Lobster looks somewhat similar to your standard lobster, they are missing one very important feature – a hard, protective shell. In fact, this lobster is more closely related to the hermit crab then your typical “true lobster”.
April 19, 2016 | SDRStaff
Did you know
… some jellyfish are bigger than a human and others are as small as a pinhead?
… that jellyfish have been on Earth for millions of years, even before dinosaurs?
… jellyfish have no brain but some kinds have eyes?
What is a jellyfish?
The word jellyfish is a common term used to describe animals that are gelatinous or made up of ‘jelly-like’ material. There are many different types of jellyfish, including stinging kinds called medusae and non-stinging kinds called comb jellies or ctenophores. Another type of jelly animal called a salp is even in the same group as humans!
April 11, 2016 | SDRStaff