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, ...

Turtle Bite

A sea turtle bites another in the tank at uShaka Marine World....
Gracile Lizard Fish

Gracile Lizard Fish

The gracile lizard fish (Saurida gracilis) or gracile saury, as it is sometimes called, is a common fish on the East African coast, usually perched atop reefs with an intimidating smile of protruding teeth....

Mandarin Goby

The mandarin goby (Synchiropus splendidus) as it is very often called or mandarin fish, green mandarin, striped mandarin fish, striped dragonet and green dragonet is not a goby, rather it is a dragonette, b...

Going Where the Wind Blows

The velella, a mysterious creature known as a hydrozoan, which inhabit the surface of the oceans (unlike jellyfish which live underwater). Equipped with stinging tentacles for catching food and a semi-circu...
peacock mantis shrimp (Odontodactylus scyllarus)

The Eyes of a Mantis Shrimp

The eyes of a mantis shrimp are possibly the most advanced eyes of any known living organism.  The eye is actually a compound eye , made up of a large number of individual "eyes" or photoreceptors called ommati...
Octopus

Common Octopus- Interesting Facts

GENERAL INFO The octopus vulgaris is a mollusc with eight tentacles and a beak shaped mouth. Their tentacles can grow up to a meter in length. They live for between 12 to 18 months. Th...
Daga Salmon

The Daga Salmon

The daga salmon (Argyrosomus japonicus) or kob, dusky kob, kabeljou or mulloway jewfish is highly sought after by anglers and spear fishermen as well as commercial fishermen. They are a favorite to catch in...
Crowned Jellyfish

An Undocumented Encounter

Four small and silver fish, some transparent, some not, believed to be banded driftfish (Psenes arafurensis), are quite at home inside the void space of a crowned jellyfish's bell. These fish have never bef...
Parrot Fish

Parrot Fish

Parrot fish are named for their teeth which are fused into a parrot like beak, allowing them to scrape algae off of coral and even to eat coral. The green humphead parrotfish (Bolbometopon muricatum) includ...
caerulean damsel fish (Pomacentrus caeruleus)

Caerulean Damsel Fish- Facts and Photographs

The electric blue and yellow Caerulean damsel fish (Pomacentrus caeruleus) is also known as the Regal damselfish, the Yellow Belly damselfish and Golden Belly Damselfish.  Their brilliant colouring makes th...
Powder Blue Surgeon

Powder Blue Surgeon

The powder blue surgeon (Acanthurus leucosternon) is also known as the powder blue tang and has an oval shaped body that is compressed laterally. As with the other surgeon fish it has a blade on the base of the...
Skunk clownfish (Amphiprion akallopisos) or nose striped anemone fish

The Skunk Clownfish – Facts and Photo’s

The Skunk clownfish (Amphiprion akallopisos) or nose striped anemone fish is a common inhabitant on Tanzanian reefs. Skunk clownfish get their name from the long white stripe that runs along the top of the ...
bird wrasse (Ghomphosus varius) also known as the bird fish, club nosed fish

Bird Wrasse Facts and Photographs

The bird wrasse (Ghomphosus varius) also known as the bird fish, club nosed fish and several other similar names is a common sight on the Tanzanian reefs, named for its bird like snout, the bird wrasse has ...