Red Diana Hogfish

A red diana hogfish (Bodianus diana), photographed while scuba diving at Jena Wall off the coast of Mafia Island. Photo shot on 18mm with a Canon 7D and 18-55mm Lense in an Ikelite eTTL Housing with Ikelite...
Whale Sharks Mafia Island

Filming a Whale Shark

Renee Blundon swims alongside an elusive whale shark while filming. Photo taken in Kilondoni Bay, off the coast of Mafia Island. See more at Whale Shark Excursion. Shot on 18mm with a Canon 7D and 18-55m...
scuba diving mafia island

Along the Wall

Scuba divers along Jena Wall, loaded with pink soft corals, a colorful variety of hard corals and shoals of sea goldies. Dive site is located outside of Mafia Island's Chole Bay.

Harem of Sea Goldies

A harem of female sea goldies (Pseudanthias squamipinnis), photographed while scuba diving at Jena Wall off the coast of Mafia Island. See more photos at...
Leopard Blenny (Exallias brevis)

Leopard Blenny – Facts and Photographs

The leopard blenny (Exallias brevis) also known as the pink-spotted blenny, shortbodied blenny and honeycomb blenny  is a fish full of character. When first approaching a leopard blenny underwater it will o...

Yellowback Fusilier

Up close with a yellowback fusilier (Caesio xanthonota), photographed while scuba diving at Jena Wall, off the coast of Mafia Island. This pelagic fish is most active during the day, feeding on zooplankton ...

Whale Shark Excursion

Perhaps the first known recorded sighting of a whale shark (Rhincodon typus) off the coast of Mafia Island, was during the first world war. It was in the Mafia Island channel near Niororo Island where seaplanes...

Jena Wall

Scuba diving on Jena Wall off the coast of Mafia Island. The reef, abundant with sea goldies, various hard and soft corals and massive shoals, is located inside a marine park with over 400 species of fish....
Remora

Fishing with Remoras

In 1881 Mr. Frederick Holmwood, C.B., the H.B.M. Consul in Zanzibar noted a curious practice amongst the local fishermen. He noticed them carving small wooden containers out of wood, and on inquiry was told the...
Whale Shark

Whale Shark

A massive whale shark (Rhincodon typus), photographed off the coast of Mafia Island. In her post Free-Diving with Whale Sharks, Renee Blundon writes, "The whale shark’s beauty is memorizing. An abundance of...
Whale Shark

Alongside a Whale Shark

Renee Blundon free-dives while filming an elusive whale shark, the biggest fish in the world, off the coast of Mafia Island. See more photos and the full write-up at Free-Diving with Whale Sharks....
Triggerfish

Triggerfish

Triggerfish include about 40 different species of brightly colored fish from the family, Balistidae, which inhabit tropical and subtropical oceans throughout the world. The greatest number inhabiting the Indo-P...
he freckled hawkfish (Paracirrhites forsteri), also known as the forster’s hawkfish, has a habit of sitting in strategic raised spots on the reef, with its head sticking upwards

Freckled Hawkfish-Facts- Video and Photographs

The freckled hawkfish (Paracirrhites forsteri), also known as the forster's hawkfish, has a habit of sitting in strategic raised spots on the reef, with its head sticking upwards. From there they view their...
Mandarinfish

Dragonets

Dragonets are small perciform (perch-like) fish of the family, Callionymidae, found mainly in the tropical waters of the western Indo-Pacific. They also inhabit other tropical and temperate areas, spending most...
Female White Spotted Boxfish

White Spotted Boxfish

The white-spotted boxfish (Ostracion meleagris) also known as the spotted boxfish, blue boxfish and black boxfish. The reason for the variation in name...

Semicircle Angelfish

A juvenile Koran or semicircle angelfish (Pomacanthus semicirculatus), also known as a Koran angelfish. Photographed on a coral reef off the coast of Bongoyo Island off Dar es Salaam, Tanzania....
Seahorses

Seahorse Bunch

A bunch of seahorses, photographed at uShaka Marine World in South Africa....
Upside down jellyfish

Upside Down Jellyfish

An upside down jellyfish (Cassiopeia andromeda) at uShaka Marine World in South Africa. These jellyfish live in the intertidal area on sandy bottoms, mud flats and in mangroves. Their color is variable, ...

Turtle Bite

A sea turtle bites another in the tank at uShaka Marine World....
Gracile Lizard Fish

Gracile Lizard Fish

The gracile lizard fish (Saurida gracilis) or gracile saury, as it is sometimes called, is a common fish on the East African coast, usually perched atop reefs with an intimidating smile of protruding teeth....

Mandarin Goby

The mandarin goby (Synchiropus splendidus) as it is very often called or mandarin fish, green mandarin, striped mandarin fish, striped dragonet and green dragonet is not a goby, rather it is a dragonette, b...

Going Where the Wind Blows

The velella, a mysterious creature known as a hydrozoan, which inhabit the surface of the oceans (unlike jellyfish which live underwater). Equipped with stinging tentacles for catching food and a semi-circu...
Mantis Shrimp

The Eyes of a Mantis Shrimp

The eyes of a mantis shrimp have a mid band area which can be clearly seen as a stripe across the middle of the eye, and as the eye twists and moves around, the angle of the midband area changes. Black dots can...
Octopus

Common Octopus

Here are several interesting facts about the common octopus (octopus vulgaris): GENERAL INFO The octopus vulgaris is a mollusc with eight tentacles and a beak shaped mouth. Their tentacles can grow...