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...

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...
Jena Reef Mafia Island

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...
Scuba Diving Mafia Island

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...

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...
Whale Sharks Mafia Island

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...
scuba diving mafia island

Along the Wall

Scuba divers along Jena Wall, loaded with pink soft corals, a colorful variety of hard corals and shoals of sea goldies. Dive site is located outside of Mafia Island's Chole Bay.

Harem of Sea Goldies

A harem of female sea goldies (Pseudanthias squamipinnis), photographed while scuba diving at Jena Wall off the coast of Mafia Island. See more photos at...
Leopard Blenny (Exallias brevis)

Leopard Blenny – Facts and Photographs

The leopard blenny (Exallias brevis) also known as the pink-spotted blenny, shortbodied blenny and honeycomb blenny  is a fish full of character. When first approached underwater they will often dive for th...
Yellowback Fusilier (Caesio xanthonota)

Yellowback Fusilier Facts and Photographs

The Yellowback Fusilier (Caesio xanthonota) is probably the most common Fusilier found on the Tanzanian coast. This pelagic fish is most active during the day, feeding on zooplankton in large midwater aggre...

Whale Shark Excursion

Perhaps the first known recorded sighting of a whale shark (Rhincodon typus) off the coast of Mafia Island, was during the first world war. It was in the Mafia Island channel near Niororo Island where seaplanes...

Jena Wall

Scuba diving on Jena Wall off the coast of Mafia Island. The reef, abundant with sea goldies, various hard and soft corals and massive shoals, is located inside a marine park with over 400 species of fish....
Remora

Fishing with Remoras

In 1881 Mr. Frederick Holmwood, C.B., the H.B.M. Consul in Zanzibar noted a curious practice amongst the local fishermen. He noticed them carving small wooden containers out of wood, and on inquiry was told the...
Whale Shark

Whale Shark

A massive whale shark (Rhincodon typus), photographed off the coast of Mafia Island. In her post Free-Diving with Whale Sharks, Renee Blundon writes, "The whale shark’s beauty is memorizing. An abundance of...
Whale Shark

Alongside a Whale Shark

Renee Blundon free-dives while filming an elusive whale shark, the biggest fish in the world, off the coast of Mafia Island. See more photos and the full write-up at Free-Diving with Whale Sharks....
flat-bodied crab (Percnon planissimum)

The Flat-Bodied Crab- Facts and Photographs

The Flat-bodied Crab (Percnon planissimum) is also known as the Flat Rock Crab and the Sally Lightfoot Crab and the Nimble Spray Crab. They are common inhabitants of the shallows on the East African coast and...
Moorish idol (Zanclus cornutus)

Moorish Idol

A handsome moorish idol (Zanclus cornutus, Linnaeus 1758), photographed while scuba diving off the coast of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. This highly distinctive, exquisite looking fish was named by the Moors in...
Redtoothed Triggerfish (Odonus niger) is also known as the Blue Triggerfish, Redfang Triggerfish and Niger Triggerfish

Triggerfish

Triggerfish include about 40 different species of brightly colored fish from the family, Balistidae, which inhabit tropical and subtropical oceans throughout the world. The greatest number inhabiting the Indo-P...
freckled hawkfish (Paracirrhites forsteri), also known as the forster's hawkfish,

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...
Mandarinfish

Dragonets

Dragonets are small perciform (perch-like) fish of the family, Callionymidae, found mainly in the tropical waters of the western Indo-Pacific. They also inhabit other tropical and temperate areas, spending most...

Semicircle Angelfish

A juvenile Koran or semicircle angelfish (Pomacanthus semicirculatus), also known as a Koran angelfish. Photographed on a coral reef off the coast of Bongoyo Island off Dar es Salaam, Tanzania....
Seahorses

Seahorse Bunch

A bunch of seahorses, photographed at uShaka Marine World in 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, ...