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...
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...
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....
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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...
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Velella Velella – Facts and Photographs

Velella Velella are also known as sea rafts, little sailers and by the wind sailors. They are a very unusual species of free floating hydrozoans. They are a part of the cnidaria family (of jellyfish and sea...
Roboastra luteolineata

Roboastra Luteolineata Nudibranch

Roboastra luteolineata is a sea slug known as a polycerid nudibranch, marine gastropod mollusc's in the family Polyceridae. The family Polyceridae is distinguished from other nudibranchs by having by having...
Allard's Clownfish

Allard’s Clownfish Facts and Photographs

The allard’s clownfish (Amphiprion allardi), also known as the two bar anemone fish, is a fairly large clownfish. They form part of the Clarki grouping of clownfish, and are very similar in appearance to th...
crowned jellyfish (Cephea cephea)

Crowned Jellyfish

The crowned jellyfish (Cephea cephea) is also known as the crown jellyfish or cauliflower jellyfish. It is normally found in the open oceans in the indo pacific area. It gets its name from the cauliflower-l...
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...
Daga Salmon

The Daga Salmon

The daga salmon (Argyrosomus japonicus) or kob, dusky kob, kabeljou or mulloway jewfish is highly sought after by anglers and spear fishermen as well as commercial fishermen. They are a favorite to catch in...
Crocodilefish

Crocodilefish- Facts Photographs and Video

    The crocodilefish (Papilloculiceps longiceps), also known as the tentacled flathead or Western Indian Ocean crocodilefish, has a unique character due to its unusual shaped jaw. The fish ...
Mantis Shrimp

Mantis Shrimp

GENERAL INFO There are some 400 different species of mantis shrimp. Some mantis shrimps grow up to 30 centimeters (11 inches) in length. Locomotion is via the usual shrimp and lobster met...
Mushroom Coral

Mushroom Coral

Mushroom coral (Fungia scutaria) is a peculiarity as corals go for several reasons,  it does not have a stable place of abode, it is non colonial in that it is in itself is a single coral polyp and it does ...
Black Saddled Toby

Black Saddled Toby

The black saddled toby (Canthigaster Valentini) also known as the saddled toby and valentini's sharp nose puffer, is a very common sight in Tanzanian waters, being found on reefs, rocky outcrops, lagoons an...
Moon Jellyfish

Moon Jellyfish-Facts and Photographs

FACTS ABOUT MOON JELLYFISH Moon Jellyfish are recognizable by the pattern on the top of the jelly fish created by its gonads which are easily visible through the transparent bell. They are single ...
Giant grouper Epinephelus lanceolatus named Jesus in Mafia Island Marine Park

Giant Grouper

The giant grouper Epinephelus lanceolatus also known as the brindlebass, brown spotted cod and Queensland groper is a member of the Epinephelus genus. They are the largest fish in the genus, growing up to 3...
Cuttlefish

Cuttlefish- Facts Video and Photographs

Cuttlefish are marine mollusks rather than fish as their name misleadingly suggests, with some rather unusual abilities. They have an adaptive camouflage, a sophisticated liquid gas buoyancy control mechani...
Longfin Batfish Platex Teira

Longfin Batfish

The longfin batfish (Platax teira), also known as the teira batfish or longfin spadefish, is found across the Indo Pacific area. Batfish are commonly found under anchored boats and around mooring chains, se...
Parrot Fish

Parrot Fish

Parrot fish are named for their teeth which are fused into a parrot like beak, allowing them to scrape algae off of coral and even to eat coral. The green humphead parrotfish (Bolbometopon muricatum) includ...
Powder Blue Surgeon

Powder Blue Surgeon

The powder blue surgeon (Acanthurus leucosternon) is also known as the powder blue tang and has an oval shaped body that is compressed laterally. As with the other surgeon fish it has a blade on the base of the...
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The Skunk Clownfish – Facts and Photo’s

The skunk clownfish (Amphiprion akallopisos) or nose striped anemone fish is a common inhabitant on Tanzanian reefs. Skunk clownfish get their name from the long white stripe that runs the length of their b...
Bird Wrasse

Bird Wrasse

The bird wrasse (Ghomphosus varius) also known as the bird fish, club nosed fish and several other similar names is a common sight on the Tanzanian reefs, named for its bird like snout, the bird wrasse has ...
Bubble coral

Bubble Coral- Facts and Photographs

Bubble coral (Plerogyra sinuosa) also known as grape coral, pearl coral or bladder coral, is as unusual as corals get. The bubble coral in the main image was spotted in Chole Bay in the Mafia Island Marine Park...
Dusky Wrasse

The Dusky Wrasse

The Dusky Wrasse (Halichoeres Marginatus) also known as the Splendid Rainbow Wrasse, Rainbow Wrasse or Two Eyed Wrasse is not a commonly seen wrasse on the reefs of Tanzania and is a reclusive fish and quite ha...
Moorish Idol

Moorish Idols

The Moorish idol with its classic shape and long pointed nose was brought into public prominence by the Pixar film, Finding Nemo. Today they adorn beach towels, shower curtains, clothing and even wall paper...
Cleaner Wrasse

The Cleaner Wrasse

The Cleaner Wrasse (Labroides dimidiatus) also known as the Blue Streak Cleaner Wrasse is a common feature on reefs along the East African coast. They are found singly or more commonly in pairs and on some ...
Melon Butterflyfish (Chaetodon Trifaciatus)

Melon Butterflyfish-Facts and Photographs

  The Melon Butterflyfish (Chaetodon Trifaciatus) is a common fish on the Tanzanian reefs, being the one of the most commonly seen butterflyfish. They are invariably seen in pairs, forming monogamou...