Hawaiian drone videographer Eric Sterman has captured incredible aerial footage of humpback whales enjoying the waters of the north shore of Oahu. Watch closely, and towards the middle of the video you will spot a pod of whales surfing the waves at the famed Pipeline surf spot.
To see more of Eric’s amazing work-
Mr. Reeftraveler recently stumbled upon this interesting scene in Bonaire. The spanish hogfish is lying on its side, while the moray is nestled on top of it.
Is this simply chance, or is this a specific behavior?
Here’s a side view.
The moray is clearly lying on top of the spanish hogfish, which seems not to mind at all.
Are there any marine biologists, naturalists or avid fish watchers out there who can tell me what is going on here?
This post is written by Mr. Reeftraveler (aka Steve).
While following Meredith toward our exit from an early afternoon dive on Bari Reef in Bonaire, I had the scuba diver’s equivalent of a Michael Corleone moment: “Just when I thought I was out…they pull me back in.”
At a depth of around 10 feet (3m), with just over 600 psi (41 bar) left in the tank and my buddy headed up the ladder, I was taking a last look back toward the reef when a critter a few feet below the surface caught my eye.
Before I could fully focus on it, the pattern match clicked in my head. Squid. That’s where we usually see them – clearish, streamlined with trailing tentacles, hanging just beneath the waterline. A second later, more thoughts flashed
Not Squid – Jelly? Need a photo of this. Let me swim closer.
Boxy clear head and brightly striped tentacles. What the heck? (or the NJ native equivalent)
Don’t remember seeing this in any of the Humann & DeLoach fish or marine creature identification books.
Looks like a big sea wasp, or Australian box jelly, but the tentacles are all wrong. There are four, and they’re not jelly looking at all – they are opaque and striped in a reddish copper and white banding, with no signs of trailing tendrils.
It’s getting closer. Back off. Breathe. Check gauge. 400 psi.
Dad always said beware critters that make no effort to hide. Those tentacles qualify. Respect.
Hmmm – there are 4-5 fish swimming alongside it. Maybe silversides or some kind of juveniles? Is that one inside the jelly?
Time to get some video and get home without bumping into this thing.
Closing on 250psi. Low on air, time to exit. Is that another chain moray in 6 feet? OK, maybe just one more shot…
On exit, got the instant ID from another rare breed – the ever-helpful and supremely knowledgeable Michael G of Bonaire Help Desk – who confirmed it as the Bonaire Banded Box Jellyfish, aka Tamoya Ohboya. Turns out it is not in the Humann & DeLoach books (yet) and its Wikipedia listing reports roughly 50 confirmed sightings, 45 on Bonaire. In my 35 years of diving Bonaire, this was certainly a first for me – and a moment I will not soon forget.
For more on Tamoya Oboya-
I realize that I’ve inundated you with loads of photos from Bonaire recently. Typically, I try to post photos from a geographically diverse array of dive and snorkel destinations, but the truth is that we’ve spent a considerable amount of time in Bonaire during the past year. We’ve become quite enamored with its diversity of critters, laid-back atmosphere and plethora of shore diving sites.
Here are some shots we took on Bari Reef last month.
In addition to bombarding you with photos, I wanted to give you and update on our photo equipment. I am now shooting with the following system-
Camera – Canon G16
Housing – RecSea
Strobes – one Sea & Sea ys-d1 and one Sea & Sea ys-110a
Mr. Reeftraveler is now shooting with the following-
Camera – Canon S120
Housing – RecSea
Strobes – two Sea & Sea ys-d1
We both upgraded in December, and so far we are very pleased with the new gear.
Are you considering an upgrade to one of the models we use? If so, I’m happy to answer your questions if you leave me a comment.