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Dancing Shrimp in Formation

A runner-up in Underwater Photographer of the Year, this image was taken on a dive site mooring, a large concrete block, which was covered in pink sponge...
Emperor Shrimp

Hitchhiker

A commended macro photo of the Underwater Photographer of the Year contest. In the photographer's own words; "The Emperor Shrimp (Periclimenes imperator) looks...
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Ascending with Mask Light

Renee Blundon ascends from silent depths of the Indian Ocean with a mask light during her SSI Level 3 training in Nungwi, Zanzibar. Photo taken on breath-hold by Jonas Kray....

Underwater Macro Photos of the Year

Every year Underwater Photographer of the Year hosts an international photo competition aiming to celebrate excellence in all disciplines of underwater photography. This year's winners were announced at the Pho...
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Freediver in the Rain

Renee Blundon breathes-up on the surface of the sea under a sky of rain. Photo taken on breath-hold by freediving instructor, Jonas Kray with a GoPro HERO3+. // ...
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Spearo in the Rain

A spearo drifting on the surface of a rained-on sea in Zanzibar. Photo taken on breath-hold by Barret Harvey from Apnea Productions with a GoPro HERO3+...
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Freediving at Mnemba Island

Renee Blundon tries out Leaderfin's new monofin in the clear blue waters off the coast of Mnemba Island. Photo taken on breath-hold by Barret Harvey from...

Top 11 Most Beautiful Fish in East Africa

The Indian Ocean is blessed with an array of fascinating tropical fish, in countless shapes, colors and sizes. Some so mesmerizing and unique that they stand out among their peers, which is why we decided to cr...
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Scuba Dive at Jena Wall

Scuba dive at Jena Wall with Big Blue, off the coast of Mafia Island on December 6, 2014. Photos by Alan Sutton were taken with a Canon 7D and a 18-55mm Lense in an Ikelite eTTL Housing with Ikelite Flat Port a...
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Skunk Clownfish

A dominate female skunk clownfish (Amphiprion akallopisos) in a shallow inshore reef of Paje, Zanzibar. The female shares a large anemone with one smaller male and several stunted juveniles. Should somethin...

Unicornfish Headshot

Headshot of a silver unicornfish (Naso), photographed at uShaka Marine World in Durban. Several species of unicornfish have a hornlike extension of the snout which begins grown when a young fish reaches abo...

Moray on Dynamited Reef

A moray eel photographed off the coast of Kingamboni, Dar es Salaam, hiding beneath what was once a flourishing coral reef, but now is just fragments and urchins. Photo by Renee Blundon....
Aluterus scriptus, commonly known as scrawled filefish, broomtail filefish or scribbled leatherjacket,

Filefish Facts and Photographs

Filefish, also known as foolfish, leatherjackets or shingles, are of the diverse family Monacanthidae. They are tropical to subtropical tetraodontiform marine fish, found in the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oce...
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Anthias

Anthias fish make up the subfamily Anthiinae of the family Serranidae (basses, basslets and groupers. They are mostly small and colorful, usually pink, orange and or yellow and thus quite popular within the orn...
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Gobies

Gobies form the family Gobiidae, one of the larges families of fish with over 2,000 species. Gobies are relatively small fish, typically less than 10 cm (4") in length. The goby family includes some of the smal...
Chromis viridis damselfish

Damselfish

Damselfish are part of the Pomacentridae (anemone fish) family excluding those of the clown fish family Amphiprion and Premnas. They have a single nostril on each side of the head, interrupted lateral lines and...

Paradisaical Paje

Paradisaical Paje, Zanzibar with ocean water clearer than glass, ideal for diving. Photo by Alan Sutton....
Giant Triggerfish

Attack Triggerfish

An unfriendly giant triggerfish during a scuba dive off the coast of Pemba Island. Photo was taken by Renee Blundon, seconds after the massive fish attacked a fellow diver, biting the diver's fin during asc...
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Free-Diving at Njao Gap

Renee Blundon free-dives down to the Njao Gap reef of Pemba Island. The warm, crystal clear water is paradise for any diver. Photo by Alan Sutton....
Stonefish Inside Shipwreck

Stonefish Inside Wreck

A stonefish hidden beneath a shoal of commerson's anchovy inside the hull of the Slemmestad Wreck in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Photo by Renee Blundon....
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At the Slemmestad

Renee Blundon scuba diving at the Slemmestad Wreck off the coast of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania....
Penguins

Penguins

Penguins fall into the family, Spheniscidae and the order Sphenisciformes, of aquatic, flightless birds living almost exclusively in the Southern Hemisphere, especially in Antarctica. They've highly adapted for...

Seadragons

Native to waters off southern and eastern Australia, leafy and weedy sea dragons are closely related to seahorses and pipefish. Similar to Seahorses they have very long, thin snouts; slender trunks covered in b...

Rays and Skates

Rays and skates are in the superorder of cartilaginous fish, known as Batoidea, where there are approximately 560 species in thirteen families. They are closely related to the Elasmobranchii family, of sharks. ...

Cuttlefish

Cuttlefish, despite their name, are not fish but mollusks. They belong to the class, Cephalopoda, which also includes squid, octopuses, and nautiluses. They have large w-shaped pupils, eight arms, and two te...
Lobster

Lobsters

Lobsters are ten-legged crustaceans closely related to shrimp and crabs. They are benthic, or bottom-dwelling, and are found in all of the world's ocean, as well as brackish environments and freshwater. They ha...