South Africa

Cape Seahorse – Facts and Photographs

A Knysna or Cape Seahorse (Hippocampus capensis) gazes skyward in its tank at Ushaka Marine World. The future of its species far from secure. The Cape seahorse is related to the more common Indo-Pacific sea...
shad, Pomatomus saltatrix

The Shad

A shad, Pomatomus saltatrix, peers curiously at the photographer, probably with food on its mind in some way or the other. The shad is known as an "elf" in South Africa, "tailor" in Australia and "bluefish"...

The Eye of a Batfish-

A longfin batfish, Platax teira peers at the photographer. Because of the effect of water on light, it has fixed pupils that do not adjust to changes in the intensity of light. Compared to terrestrial an...
marine biology

Rough Triggerfish – Facts and Photographs

Rough triggerfish, also known as spotted oceanic triggerfish (Canthidermis maculata)  spend their lives away from the coast, living in floating flotsam and wreckage. Given that triggerfish normally use thei...
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It’s Dory in Finding Nemo

Paracanthus hepatus, perhaps better known to many millions of people as Dory in the Disney Pixar films Finding Nemo and its sequel Finding Dory, is also known as a regal tang, a blue tang, palette surgeon f...

A Fish Out of Water

One evening, while in search of nudibranchs to photograph at the rock pools in Ballito, South Africa, this dussumiers rockskipper (Istiblennius dussumieri), crawled out of...
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Feeding Frenzy of Black-Tipped Sharks

A feeding frenzy of black-tipped sharks in South Africa's Aliwal Shoal. The chilly waters were chummed for cage diving. See additional photos and video at Blacktip Sharks....

Translucent Jellyfish

A translucent moon jellyfish (aurelia aurita) photographed at uShaka Marine World in Durban, South Africa. Moon jellyfish are found throughout most of the world's oceans, from the tropics to the far north. ...
Ragged Tooth Shark

Face to Face with a Ragged Tooth Shark

Inside a cave and face to face with a ragged tooth shark of Aliwal Shoal in South Africa. Although quite fierce looking with rows of sharp teeth, sticking out of their mouth, raggies are known for being cur...

Raggie Cave

Inside a cave with a ragged tooth shark in Aliwal Shoal, South Africa....
Seahorses

Seahorse Bunch

A bunch of seahorses, photographed at uShaka Marine World in South Africa....
Whitetip Shark

Whitetip Shark

An oceanic whitetip reef shark (Carcharhinus longimanus), photographed in Durban, 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....

A Hunting Blacktip

Face to face with a feeding blacktip shark, Renee Blundon captures this action shot as the massive fish torpedos to the surface for a snack. Renee traveled to Aliwal Shoal in South Africa to photograph and ...
Dusty Kob

Daga Salmon

This Daga Salmon (Argyrosomus japonicus) commonly known as Kob, Giant kob, Kabeljou and Dusky kob is found along the entire coast line of South Africa. It is a popular recreational angling fish and an impor...
Ragged-Tooth Shark

Ragged-Tooth Shark

A spotted ragged-tooth shark in South Africa's Aliwal Shoal, a mating ground for raggies from June to November. Despite their size, imposing  appearance and ferocious set of teeth, ragged-tooth sharks are d...
Pelican

Pelican

A pelican in Scottburgh, South Africa. Photo by Alan Sutton.  ...

Spotted Eagle Ray

A spotted eagle ray (Aetobatus narinari) glides effortlessly through the water. The rays are considered Near Threatened on the IUCN Red List and are caught mainly in Southeast Asia and Africa. They're also ...

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,...