Marine Life Stories

Ragged Tooth Shark

Shark Nostalgia – A Poem

  Face to face, in depths quite deep, we stare squarely into the other's eyes, It is there where we see everything, where we achieve reality, and share in it's kind existence. From a world full of c...

Limitless Pool of Life

As the sun rays shine through, blue chromis viridis fish shimmer in the shifting shadows. I look at them, glinting and teaming with life, before remembering where I am. I inquire. The goal; to get at what's...
Scuba Diving

An Underwater Wall

An underwater wall, of endless coral cities, silty textures and pastels, cradled by warm currents and vibrant fish galore. The scene of the fathom deep, beckons me, a butterfly fish shoal appears, glitterin...
Batfish

Batfish Shoal

Dark shapes emerge from the underwater shadows and glide like underwater kites, curiously toward me. Each batfish slips rhythmically sideways, this way and that, fluttering ever so gracefully. Camera in han...
Mantis Shrimp

Mantis Shrimp

I arrive at the emerald warrior of the sea, launched from its fortress of sand and stone with threatening fists of lightning, hovering humbly in readiness for a punch. Decorated with segmented, roving eyes,...
Hermit Crab

Hermit Crab

It takes a swift break from his scurry as I approach, the fancy face and frisked up forearms, brave and motionless for the camera. In the shallows of a glinting grey ocean, the gleaming creature under it's ...

Purple Puffer

From ledge to ledge and reef to reef, I move slowly in the watery deep, where depth robs colors on descent and ancient rocks fade in silence. I pause and hover to gaze at a pufferfish, swimming unpuffed yet...
Canthigaster valentini

The Toby and I

I'm captured and held in place... a small, yet dazzling black saddle toby juxtaposed against a backdrop of unpolished coral. The ocean's offering at the tail end of an adventurous drift dive off the coast o...

A Small Justice

"What kind of wrasse is it?" We descend back down into the shallow Zanzibar reef for another look, locating the fish easily due the rare appearance of a dazzling, vibrant eye-spot on it's dorsal fin. The br...
Moorish Idol

Submerged with a Moorish Idol

Submerged under a reef of coral with a tantalizing Moorish Idol. Now we get it, we really get why the Moors were glad to call this fish their own. The water flashes with a compressed body of black, white an...

With or Without the Cage?

Photos by John Miller With or without the cage? Tis the question, as a dozen or so shark fins swirl around the boat, slicing through the gleaming glassy ocean under a sky of vibrant sunrise. Earlier on land,...

Giant Jellies

I'm frozen, captivated by the giant, fluctuating mercurial creature before me, which appears to be dissolving into itself. The receding layered tenticals and a silken membrain coasts, radiantly along the surfac...
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A Land Where Sea Fans Lie

As daylight breaks over sleepy Bagamoyo’s coast, tired eyes open to greet a rare and glorious day. A break from weeks baring burdened clouds of mournful grey, we forge through crisp, foam waves, until the shore...
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Scuba Dive at Octopus Wall

We descend from the rolling waves, deeper and deeper, until greeted by the ocean floor 30 meters below. Immediately, a large and curious remora approaches. He swims silent circles around us and seems to want so...

Lionfish Make Love to the Camera

Lionfish are unquestionably one of the most photogenic fish in the sea, with an eccentric, gaudy profile, elaborate, vibrant stripes and a cantankerous, unhurried demeanor; they glide along reefs like an underw...

Underwater Photo Gallery

Being an avid ocean swimmer, diver as well as the creative type, I've arranged a collection of underwater photos to share my latest and most intimate underwater experiences. The photos were taken in Tanzania fr...