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Disco Clam

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.
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May 4, 2016 |

Gobies, Blennies, & Dragonets


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.
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April 29, 2016 |

Splendid Toadfish


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..
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April 29, 2016 |

Feather Starfish


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.
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April 25, 2016 |

Spotted Garden Eel


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.

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April 24, 2016 |

Squat Lobster


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”.
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April 19, 2016 |

Facts about Octopus


Did YOU Know…

  • An adult Octopus can squeeze through a hole the size of a dime.
  • If the octopus loses an arm, no problem—a new one grows back in its place.
  • An octopus’ blood is blue.
  • Octopuses have wonderful eyesight and a complex sense of touch and taste. They are, however, deaf.

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April 17, 2016 |



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!

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April 11, 2016 |

Blue Ringed Octopus



The Blue-Ringed Octopus, affectionately called the BRO, are a highly sought after underwater photography subject, topping the holy grail “critter list” for many underwater photographers and naturalists.

A blue ringed octopus is a small organism but has enough toxin to kill 30 adult Humans. There is no known antidote available. But artificial respiration could remove the toxin and save the life of the victim.

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April 9, 2016 |


Meet the cuttlefish (baby & adult), one of the brainiest, most bizarre animals in the ocean.

A bizarre, alien-like creature like no other. It’s an animal with eight sucker-covered arms growing out of its head, three hearts pumping its blue-green blood, and a doughnut-shaped brain. It has the ability to change its color and shape to blend in with seaweed and rocks, and it has a knack for switching on electrifying light shows that dazzle its prey. Read more

April 4, 2016 |
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