Jul 302013
 

-From Today’s New York Times, a piece about Orcas in captivity.  I am pleased to see increased awareness about this important issue.  These beautiful and intelligent apex predators belong in the ocean, not at Sea World.  For more reading on this topic, check out Death at Sea World by David Kirby.

-A fascinating video from a deep ocean ROV showing a bizarre, membranous sea creature.  What in the world is it?  Care to guess?

While it looks like a creature from a Star Trek episode, it is really a type of jellyfish called Deepstaria Enigmatica.

-Don’t forget to check out my Pinterest page for loads of beautiful underwater photos, info on remote Pacific Islands and Atolls, dive and snorkel travel ideas (fancy a visit to a private island?) and ideas for the conservation-minded.

Jul 242013
 

Just to the south of Den Laman and Sand Dollar Condos in Bonaire lies an old pier that has sunken into the water.  This old pier is now home to a plethora of colorful fish, coral and sea creatures.  This site, just in shore from Bari Reef, is aptly named The Aquarium.

The Aquarium is at the top left of this photo

The Aquarium is at the top left of this photo

At a depth of 10 feet (3 m), The Aquarium is a great site for shore snorkeling.  I also dove this site several times and found that it was a great place to test new camera gear or new techniques.

Looking up through the sunken pilings

Looking up through the pier remnants

Goatfish

Goatfish

Parrotfish

Parrotfish

Blue Tang Cleaning Station

Blue Tang Cleaning Station

Blue Tang Cleaning Aquarium

Trunkfish

Trunkfish

Christmas Tree Worms

Christmas Tree Worms

Honeycomb Cowfish

Honeycomb Cowfish

Jul 162013
 

In March I made my first ever trip to Hawaii’s big island.  We snorkeled and dove with wild dolphins, manta rays and honu (sea turtle).  We sipped strong Kona coffee while curiously watching whales breach and spout from our hotel balcony on the Kohala Coast.  And we made the most of this untamed Polynesian island where the famed seafarer Captain Cook met his demise in 1779.

Here are some scenes from this mystical place.

Paddleboarders

From the Manta Ray Night Dive

From the Manta Ray Night Dive

Raccoon Butterflyfish - by Mr. Reeftraveler

Raccoon Butterflyfish – by Mr. Reeftraveler

Kohala Coast Sunset

Kohala Coast Sunset

Humpback Whale Fins

Humpback Whale Fins

Hawaii Canoe

Moray Eel

Moray Eel

Mauna Kea's Snow Capped Summit

Mauna Kea’s Snow Capped Summit

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Hawaii's State Fish - Humuhumunukunukuapua'a

Hawaii’s State Fish – Humuhumunukunukuapua’a

From the Helicopter - by Mr. Reeftraveler

From the Helicopter – by Mr. Reeftraveler

Honu Sign

Bristle Worm

Bristle Worm (Underwater)

Honokohau Harbour

Honokohau Harbour

Kona Sunset

Hibiscus

Hibiscus

Mauna Lani Bay Golf Course

Mauna Lani Bay Golf Course

Mauna Lani Bay

Mauna Lani Bay

Honu

Honu

Moorish Idol - by Mr. Reeftraveler

Moorish Idol – by Mr. Reeftraveler