Scuba Diving Tanzania

A Shoal of Glassies

A shoal of semi transparent glassies congregate around a coral outcrop, banding together for protection. Shoaling makes it difficult for predators to focus on a single fish, another one of natures tricks to...
Scuba Diving Tanzania

Fire Goby Poses for a Picture

A fire goby or fire dartfish, (Nemateleotris magnifica) displays its vibrant colors and fully erect dorsal fin for the photographer. Adult fire gobies are generally found on sandy patches alongside coral re...
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Camouflaged Crocodilefish

A crocodilefish (Papilloculiceps longiceps), also known as the tentacled flathead, lies across soft corals, waiting for prey to swim past. These fish are extremely well camouflaged...
Scuba Diving Tanzania

Giant Moray in Hiding

A giant moray eel, Gymnothorax javanicus, stares out from his cave in the coral reef off the coast of Dar es Salaam. These eels grow up to up to three meters, the head...

A Pair of Redband Lizardfish

A pair of redband lizardfish (Synodus variegatis) rest on the coral, ready to seize any passing morsel that will fit into their mouth....
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Puffer Hiding Out in a Sponge

A short spined pufferfish, or blow fish as they are sometimes called, rests inside an unusually shaped sponge, hidden from predators. These fish often wedge themselves into crevices, and if threatened they'...
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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...

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.

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...

Nomad Jellyfish Facts and Photographs

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...
Whale Shark Mafia Island

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...
Whale Shark

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...
Whale Shark Mafia Island

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....
Jena Wall Mafia Island

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...

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 ...
Shoal of Grunters

Shoal of Grunters

A massive shoal of grunters with two lone triggerfish, photographed while scuba diving at Jena Wall outside Mafia Island's Chole Bay. See more photos at Scuba Dive at Jena Wall....
Halgerda toliara

Halgerda toliara

A beautiful white, black-tipped and yellow-web lined Halgerda toliara nudibranch, photographed on the reef of Jena Wall outside of Mafia Island's Chole Bay.
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Whale Shark & Travallies

A whale shark (Rhincodon typus) coasts along Tanzanian waters with a large school of golden trevallies (Gnathanodon speciosus). Golden travallies often congregate whale sharks...
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Blue-lined Snapper Shoal

Massive shoal of blue-lined snappers (Lutjanus kasmira), photographed while scuba diving off the coast of Mafia Island at Jena Wall. See more photos at Scuba Dive at Jena Wall....

Halleluja, It’s Raining Fish!

I love being below a big cloud of fish. The swarm is like an underwater rainstorm. This silhouette was taken looking skyward, while scuba diving at Jena Wall off the coast of Mafia Island....

Open Wide!

A whale shark, feeding off the coast of Mafia Island in Tanzania. Whale sharks have a mouth that can be up to 1.5 m (4.9 feet) wide, containing 300 to 350 rows of tiny teeth and 10 filter pads which it uses...