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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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Underwater City off Mafia Island, Tanzania

PHOTOGRAPHY BY HANNAH JANE AND ALAN SUTTON While on a helicopter flight off the usual flight path to Mafia Island off the coast of Tanzania, the tide was low and I spotted an unusually shaped formation in t...
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Nudi City – Mafia Island, Tanzania

PHOTOGRAPHY BY ALAN SUTTON Nudi city is a scuba dive site in the channel between Mafia Island and Chole Island.  The name nudi city is a reference to the unusually large number of nudibranchs in the area...
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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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Kinasi Pass – Mafia Island, Tanzania

PHOTOGRAPHY BY ALAN SUTTON Kinasi Pass is an entrance channel into Chole Bay, just south of Jena Island. It is best dived on an incoming tide and the currents make for an interesting ride into Chole Bay....
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Mikadini Reef Middle – Mafia Island, Tanzania

PHOTOGRAPHY BY ALAN SUTTON Situated on the the south eastern side of Jena Island, Mikadini reef is best dived on an incoming tide which drifts one slowly over the reef. The reef is composed of a large nu...
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Mikadini Reef Outer – Mafia Island, Tanzania

PHOTOGRAPHY BY ALAN SUTTON Situated on the the south eastern side of Jena Island, Mikadini reef is best dived on an incoming tide which drifts one slowly over the reef. The reef is composed of a large nu...
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Dindini Caves – Mafia Island, Tanzania

PHOTOGRAPHY BY ALAN SUTTON To the north of Dindini wall is an area of similar underwater topography , a shelf comes out from the coral cliffs at around eight meters and then drops off to a sandy bottom s...
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Dwarfed by a Whale Shark

Underwater photographer, Alan Sutton, is dwarfed in size alongside a giant whale shark in Kilondoni Bay of Mafia Island's West Coast. Whale sharks favor these waters for the abundant sergestid shrimps and r...
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Surgeonfish at Jena Reef

Two reasonably sized surgeonfish, photographed while scuba diving at Jena Reef, off the coast of Mafia Island in Tanzania. The distinctive characteristic of this fish is the scalpel-like spines, one or more...
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Scuba Diving at Jena Reef

Scuba diver, Galina Molchanova, immersed in sea goldies at Jena Reef. The marine reserve is a half hour boat ride off the coast of Mafia Island in Tanzania.
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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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Top 11 Most Beautiful Fish in East Africa

The Indian Ocean is blessed with an array of fascinating tropical fish, in countless shapes, colors and sizes. Some so mesmerizing and unique that they stand out among their peers, which is why we decided to cr...
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Headshot of a Whale Shark

Headshot of a whale shark (Rhincodon typus), photographed while snorkeling off the coast of Mafia Island in Tanzania. Whale sharks are the biggest sharks and the biggest fish in the world...
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Nomad Jellyfish

A giant nomad jellyfish (Rhopilema nomadica), photographed while snorkeling off the coast of Mafia Island. Although, quite captivating to see in the water, be sure to steer clear of these guys. They can cau...
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Feeding Time!

A whale shark feeding on microscopic planktons off the coast of Mafia Island. It's hard to believe that a fish can grow this large without eating other large fish...
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En Route in an African Dhow

Traversing between North Juani and South Juani, in an African dhow en route to the Blue Lagoon. Dhows are trading vessels primary used to carry heavy items, like fruit, fresh water or merchandise, along the...
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Tailing a Whale Shark

A snorkeler "tailing" an ambiguous whale shark off the coast of Mafia Island in Tanzania. The whale shark's tail is about as long as the height of a person, with the overall...
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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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Gentile Giant

A whale shark, also known as the "gentile giant" of the sea, due to it's massive size and indifference towards humans. Photo taken off the coast of Mafia Island. See more at Whale Shark Excursion....
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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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Posing for a Pic

A fish poses for a picture in front of Jena Wall, abundant with fish live and corals. About a 30 minute boat ride from Chole Bay and located within the boundaries...
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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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Goldspotted Sweetlips

A shoal of goldspotted sweetlips (Plectorhinchus flavomaculatus) at the base of Mafia Island's Jena Wall. Goldspotted sweetlips inhabit coastal waters near sheltered reefs, lagoons, and weedy areas, either ...
Red Diana Hogfish (Bodianus diana)

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...