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Spotted Jelly – Facts and Photographs

The Spotted Jelly, Mastigias papua is also known as the lagoon jelly, golden medusa, or Papuan jellyfish. They are closely related to the famous jellies found in the lakes in Palau. The jellies in the lakes...
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Bongoyo Patches-Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

PHOTOGRAPHY BY ALAN SUTTON  Bongoyo Patches Bongoyo patches is to the east of Bongoyo Island north of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania. The reef extends out in patches. It is relatively flat dropping off on the...
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Jellyfish or Sea Jellies which is correct ?

Despite the name, jellyfish are not fish and the term is not scientifically appropriate, many scientists are beginning to refer to them as jellies or sea jellies in a similar fashion to the name change occu...
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Powoni – Zanzibar, Tanzania

PHOTOGRAPHY BY ALAN SUTTON Zanzibar has great diving and is world famous for its pristine clear waters. There are numerous dive sites on the island and one of the lesser known gems of Zanzibar is Paje. P...
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Bluebottles – Stings and All You Need to Know

The bluebottle, (Indo-Pacific) Portuguese man of war, bloublasie and sometimes mistakenly called the bluebottle jellyfish, gets its names from its float. The float resembles a bottle or an old Portuguese ma...
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Kankadya Patches – Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

PHOTOGRAPHY BY ALAN SUTTON Kankadya Patches Kankadya Patches is named after Ras Kankadya the headland that forms the southern part of Msasani bay and lies 4.2 kilometers to the east of the northern t...
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Diving on Mafia Island, Tanzania

Whale shark off Mafia Island  PHOTOGRAPHY BY ALAN SUTTON Mafia Island is situated  25 km from mainland Tanzania and is approximately 130 kilometers south east of Dar es Salaam. The island is 48 kilometer...
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Magnificent Anemone – Facts and Photographs

The magnificent sea anemone, Heteractis magnifica is also known as the Ritteri anemone. Previously they were known as Radianthus ritteri but they have now been reclassified. APPEARANCE The magnificent sea...
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Bomb at Bongoyo Patches

An unexploded home made bomb, photographed at the popular Dar es Salaam dive site, Bongoyo Patches, lays benign nestled among corals. Bombs such as these are made with a water bottle containing a mixture of...
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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...
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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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Kevin Breathes-Up

Kevin Ellis, a spearfisherman from Cape Town, South Africa, breathes-up off the coast of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, in preparation for a line dive to >25 meters, while dive buddies, Renee Blundon and Tom A...
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Renee’s Last Dive in Tanzania

Apnea Academy freediving instructor, Renee Blundon, heads to 30 meters (98 feet) while line diving off the coast of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, while diving buddies, Kevin Ellis and Thomas Allan look on. This ...
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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...
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Pink Ghost Crab

A pink ghost crab (Ocypode ryderi), rescued from a nearby swimming pool and returned to the beach, puts on his best threatening behavior to try and scare me away. The so called ghost crabs are nocturnal sca...
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Ocean Session in Dar es Salaam

Freedive instructor, Renee Blundon, describes a bit about equalization physiology during a Level 1 Apnea Academy ocean session on a cloudy and choppy day in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Level 1 candidate, Thoma...
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Shades of a Longfin Batfish

A Longfin batfish, Platax teira, glides through the water, the obliterate vertical dark line across its eye and black pupil disguises the eye's locations. Additionally the coloring provides camouflage in wa...
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A Colorful Ambush Predator

The popeyed scorpionfish, Rhinopias frondosa, is a colorful ambush predator which hides in plain sight, sometimes being surprisingly difficult to distinguish from a piece of coral or plant life. The species...
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Hills of Dynamited Corals

Gigantic hills of lifeless, fragmented corals juxtapose patches of recovering reef off the remote coast of Sinda Island in Tanzania. Tanzania is home to an extensive network of coral reefs in which the biod...
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Crown of Thorns Close-Up

A close up image of the venomous forest of spines on a crown of thorns starfish (Acanthaster planci). The tips of these spines contain saponins. Should these pierce the skin of a diver they can cause seriou...
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Triggerfish at Flourishing Reef

An orange-lined triggerfish (Balistapus undulatus) feeds on algae and hard coral tips at a flourishing reef off the coast of Mafia Island. Orange-lined triggerfish...
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Goldtail Angelfish

A goldtail angelfish (Pomacanthus chrysurus), also known as the ear spot angelfish, photographed while scuba diving at Jena Reef off the coast of Mafia Island. Like other angelfish, the goldtail angelfish i...
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Rock Cod Stands His Ground

A rock cod opens his mouth to warn off myself and fellow scuba divers at Jena Reef off the coast of Mafia Island. Rock cods are known for standing their ground...
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Healthy Corals off Mafia

Welcome to Jena Reef, a dive site off the coast of remote Mafia Island. The marine life is abundant and relatively untouched. After several weeks of diving in Dar es Salaam in silty...
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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...
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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...