Mandarinfish

Mandarinfish

A brightly colored mandarinfish (Synchiropus splendidus), native to the Pacific Ocean, and popular in the saltwater aquarium trade. The common name of the mandarinfish comes from its extremely vivid coloura...

Crocodilefish Camo

A crocodilefish camouflaged on a reef in Mafia Island's Chole Bay. The fish was so well blended in that the dive leader had to point to him for several minutes before I could finally see him, directly under...
Dar es Salaam

Here Comes The Rain

Rain starts pouring down in Msasani Bay during my swim out to the boats in the harbor. Being in, what feels like, the middle of the ocean during a rain storm is a breathtaking experience. I took this shot w...
Silver Cyprinids

Anchovies in Msasani Bay

A shoal of commerson's anchovies (Stolephorus commersonnii) beneath a boat in Msasani Bay. It's a fast swimming, small silver fish of the open waters and is an important fish in the diet of people in easter...
Renee Blundon Free-diving

Wreck Free-Diving

Here I am free-diving at one of my favorite spots in Dar es Salaam, the shipwreck off the coast of Bongoyo Island. Such an incredible wreck to explore with shoals of shimmering pompanos, pink glassies and spott...
Lizardfish

Lizardfish

A lizardfish perched atop soft coral in waters of Dar es Salaam. It uses rocks and corals as a vantage points, to keep a lookout for passing shoals of fish, then will dart out to seize one with its rows of ...
Dusty Kob

Daga Salmon

This Daga Salmon (Argyrosomus japonicus) commonly known as Kob, Giant kob, Kabeljou and Dusky kob is found along the entire coast line of South Africa. It is a popular recreational angling fish and an impor...
Mini Puffer

Bar-Cheeked Toadfish

A Bar-Cheeked Toadfish (Amblyrhynchotes Honckenii), photographed in the shallows of Msasani Bay. Notice the red and green outlined eyes, zebra striped sides and spotted camouflage backside, not an everyday ...
Ragged-Tooth Shark

Ragged-Tooth Shark

A spotted ragged-tooth shark in South Africa's Aliwal Shoal, a mating ground for raggies from June to November. Despite their size, imposing  appearance and ferocious set of teeth, ragged-tooth sharks are d...

Devil Scorpionfish in Camo

A devil scorpionfish (Scorpaenopsis diabolus) perched on a shipwreck in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and relying on its camouflage to enable it to catch passing prey. Notice how the coloring is a combination of ...

Raggie Headshot

Up close with a ragged-tooth shark (Carcharias taurus), also known as a sand tiger shark or grey nurse shark. Ragged-tooth sharks inhabit subtropical and temperate waters worldwide. It is not related to the tig...

Popeyed Scorpionfish

A popeyed scorpionfish Rhinopias frondosa, also known as the weedy scorpionfish, has a highly compressed body and can vary in color and appendages depending on its environment. Popeyed scorpionfish found in...

Spotted Eagle Ray

A spotted eagle ray (Aetobatus narinari) glides effortlessly through the water. The rays are considered Near Threatened on the IUCN Red List and are caught mainly in Southeast Asia and Africa. They're also ...

Batfish in Msasani Bay

A school of batfish Platax teira, residing beneath a katamaran boat in Msasani Bay, Dar es Salaam. I find them there day after day, sometimes deep below in the center of a shifting silverside shoal, swervin...

With or Without the Cage?

Photos by John Miller With or without the cage? Tis the question, as a dozen or so shark fins swirl around the boat, slicing through the gleaming glassy ocean under a sky of vibrant sunrise. Earlier on land,...

Leaf Scorpion Fish

A ghostly white leaf scorpian fish Taenianotus triacanthus, also known as a paperfish, lies motionless resembling a dead leaf lying in the water. The paperfish resembles a leaf in many ways with a large mou...

Octopus Vulgaris

An Octopus vulgaris with it's primary defense to hide, either not to be seen at all, or by using camouflage so as not to be detected. The octopus's camouflage is aided by specialized skin cells that can change...

Garden Eels

Two garden eels Congrida Heterocongrinae poking their heads from their burrows while most of their bodies remain hidden. Garden eels live in large groups on the sea floor, with the many eel heads resembling...
Sea Goldies

Colorful Goldies

Sea goldies, males in red, female in orange. The sea goldie is a protogynous hermaphrodite; a male retains a harem of five to 10 females, but when the male dies, one of the females will undergo sex reversal...

Giant Jawfish

Giant Jawfish, Opistognathidae rhomaleus, are native to warmer parts of the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans, found from the shallows to depths of a few hundred meters. They typically reside in burrows t...
Lined Wrasse

Lined Wrasse

A Lined Wrasse Anampses lineatus native to the Indian and Pacific Oceans, can be found at depths from 10 to 45 meters (though usually below 20 meters) in lagoons and on reefs. It can reach a length of 13 cm...