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 ...
Mozambique Ghost Goby (Pleurosicya mossambica) also known as the Common Ghost Goby, the Toothy Goby and the Many-host Gobyon Bubble Coral

Bubble Coral- Facts and Photographs

Bubble coral (Plerogyra sinuosa) also known as grape coral, pearl coral or bladder coral, is as unusual as corals get. The bubble coral in the main image was spotted in Chole Bay in the Mafia Island Marine Park...
Court Jester Goby

Court Jester Goby

A strikingly colorful, court jester goby (Amblygobius rainfordi), also known as rainfords goby, and old glory. This peaceful and lovely fish is native to the Coral Sea, and highly sought after for aquariums...
Sea Slug

Sea Slug

A beautifully colored purple sea slug (Phyllidiella pustulosa), also known as warty sea slug or dorid nudibranch, slowly makes its way over the reef in Paje, Zanzibar, in its quest for food....
Dusky Wrasse (Halichoeres marginatus) also known as the Splendid Rainbow Wrasse or Two-eyed Wrasse

Dusky Wrasse- Facts and Photographs

The Dusky Wrasse (Halichoeres marginatus) is also known as the Splendid Rainbow Wrasse or Two-eyed Wrasse. They are uncommon on the reefs in Tanzania and being fast moving fishes are hard to photograph. APPEAR...
Moorish Idol

Moorish Idols – Facts and Photographs

The Moorish idol (Zanclus cornutus) with its classic shape and long pointed nose was brought into public prominence by the Pixar film, Finding Nemo. Today they adorn beach towels, shower curtains, clothing ...
Peppered Butterfly Fish

Butterflyfish

The butterflyfish are species of marine fish of the family, Chaetodontidae, found in tropical and subtropical waters, typically around coral reefs although some inhabit rocky reefs. A few species inhabit slight...
Lined Wrasse

Wrasses- Facts and Photographs

Wrasses are in the family, Labridae, of marine fish, many of which are brightly colored. The family is very large and quite diverse with more than 600 species divided into nine sub groups. These groups vary tre...
Melon Butterflyfish (Chaetodon Trifaciatus)

Melon Butterflyfish-Facts and Photographs

The Melon Butterflyfish (Chaetodon Trifaciatus) is a common fish on the Tanzanian reefs, being the one of the most commonly seen butterflyfish. They are invariably seen in pairs, forming monogamous partners...
emperor angelfish Pomacanthus imperator also known as the imperator

Emperor Angelfish

The The emperor angelfish Pomacanthus imperator is also known as the imperator. It certainly lives up to its name and is a stunning fish and the sight of one cruising the reef is likely to stay in ones memo...
peppered butterflyfish, Chaetodon guttatissimus also known as the spotted butterflyfish, pebbled butterflyfish and as the gorgeous gussy

Peppered Butterflyfish Facts and Photographs

The peppered butterflyfish, Chaetodon guttatissimus is also known as the spotted butterflyfish, pebbled butterflyfish and as the gorgeous gussy' They are a fairly common butterfly fish on the reefs in Tanza...
Pink Linckia Laevigita Starfish

Starfish Facts and Photographs

Starfish also known as Sea Stars are Echinoderms of the class Astoroidea and usually have five arms although some species have up to forty. Scientifically they should be called Sea Stars as they are not fish. B...

Sea Goldies Facts Photographs and Video

Sea Goldies (Pseudanthias squamipinnis) are also known as the Wreckfish, Lyretail Coralfish, Lyretail Anthias Basslets, Sea Bass, Orange Basslet, Orange Sea Perch, Red Coral Perch, Jewel Fairy Basslet,and S...

Talang Queenfish

Photo of a beautiful Talang Queenfish (Scomberoides commersonnianus) at uShaka Marine World. An elongated, streamlined, predatory fish of the Indian and west Pacific Oceans, the Talang queenfish may be reco...
Regal Angelfish or Royal Angelfish Pygoplites diacanthus

Regal Angelfish- Facts and Photographs

The Regal Angelfish or Royal Angelfish Pygoplites diacanthus is one of the angel fish in the genus Pygoplites. With its vivid coloration it is a striking fish. They stand out underwater even when the visibility...