Photo Adventures with Curiosity and Learning

Photographic Impressions from the Coral Princess Reef: Exploring Digital Underwater Photography

These photos were taken with an Olympus 4040z using the Olympus PT010 underwater housing. To say that I was pleased with this move toward digital underwater photos would be a major understatement.

A sad look (red lipped (or red lip) blenny, Ophioblennius atlanticus)

Hiding from reality (another red lipped (red lip) blenny)

Small yellowtail damselfish (juvenile, blue with spots) and some colorful coral

Small small coral, healthy and happy

An orangespotted filefish, distinguished by the white spot on the upper base of the tail.

Two orange spotted filefish - though I don't see the identifying white dot near the tail (as above).

Many colors of coral and fish and time to explore every possibility

Fire Coral - don't touch this stuff - and some sergeant major fish

A queen angel, seen from above

A sergeant major

Many sergeant major fish - too many to count

These two male sergeant major fish simply chased each other around in a circle, in front of the purple patch which are eggs. Apparently the males change colors to dark blue during mating season.

A blue damsel (uncertain, but the blue dots suggest this)

A yellowtail damselfish (juvenile)

Smooth Trunkfish - small, triangular body, rapid fin motion (blurred)

Yellow tail something - to be identified

A taste of life (Reticulate moray ?) (Click for full image)

After a taste of life (click for full image)

Apparently the opening and closing of the mouth (and display of teeth) simply assists respiration.

Entwined eels (Chain moray and Goldentail moray eel) and fire coral

Goldentail Moray, resting with mouth in the open configuration

Goldentail moray, resting with mouth in the closed configuration

A French grunt, eel in the foreground, urchin and a cocoa damselfish (juvenile) near the urchin

A sea urchin with some white needles

A red urchin

The octopus moved into the sea urchin's territory, and without the motion, I never would have figured out this blob was the head of an octopus Compare the urchin's needle color (black) with the white needles in the center of the above urchin

Apparently, not ready to become octopus dinner, the sea urchin moved, rather rapidly (the speed was a surprise) to the left, (about 20 seconds).

A delicate Christmas tree (I've not identified this creature)

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C. Frank Starmer