Free-Diving Boston

New England Free-Diving

Renee Blundon and instructor, Nick Fazah from East Coast Divers, free-dive through dark thermoclines at Walden Pond, in Concord, Massachusetts on a chilly, fall day in October. Photo by Julian Honma. See mo...
Ragged Tooth Shark

Face to Face with a Ragged Tooth Shark

Inside a cave and face to face with a ragged tooth shark of Aliwal Shoal in South Africa. Although quite fierce looking with rows of sharp teeth, sticking out of their mouth, raggies are known for being cur...

A Free-Diver in the Making

Eleven year old, Autumn Blundon, braves the 15° C  (60° F) water temperature in Winthrop, Maine to free-dive alongside her sister, Renee Blundon (photographer), in Maranacook Lake. Renee was free-diving in ...

A Giant Trevally

A giant trevally (Caranx ignobilis), also known as the iggy, karambezi, giant kingfish or simply the GT, is a highly sought after fish by anglers and spear fishermen. They grow up to 170 centimeters (67") a...

Spotted Hawkfish Inside A Sponge

A spotted hawkfish (Cirrhitichthys aprinus) inside a barrel sponge off the coast of Pemba Island. As its name suggests, the spotted hawkfish is a predatory fish that  gets its name from its habit of sitting...
velella velella

Velella Velella – Facts and Photographs

Velella Velella are also known as sea rafts, little sailers and by the wind sailors. They are a very unusual species of free floating hydrozoans. They are a part of the cnidaria family (of jellyfish and sea...
Roboastra luteolineata

Roboastra Luteolineata Nudibranch

Roboastra luteolineata is a sea slug known as a polycerid nudibranch, marine gastropod mollusc's in the family Polyceridae. The family Polyceridae is distinguished from other nudibranchs by having by having...
Scuba-Diving Pemba Island

Trigger Wall Cave

Renee Blundon scubadives through a cave full of fish at Ngou Gap's Trigger Wall of Pemba Island. Big thanks to Brad Crawford at Swahili Divers for helping with the footage....
Pemba Island Airport

Arriving on Pemba

Landing on Pemba Island feels as though we’ve been catapulted backward in time. Apart from the occasional new model vehicle, it could easily be the 1960's. Retro architecture juxtaposes the Arabic mosques a...
Free-Diving Pemba

Free-Diving at Njao Gap

Renee Blundon free-dives to a 17 meter (55 feet) deep coral wall drop-off at Njao Gap, Pemba Island....
allard’s clownfish (Amphiprion allardi),

Allard’s Clownfish Facts and Photographs

The allard’s clownfish (Amphiprion allardi), also known as the two bar anemone fish, is a fairly large clownfish. They form part of the Clarki grouping of clownfish, and are very similar in appearance to th...
crowned jellyfish (Cephea cephea)

Crowned Jellyfish

The crowned jellyfish (Cephea cephea) is also known as the crown jellyfish or cauliflower jellyfish. It is normally found in the open oceans in the indo pacific area. It gets its name from the cauliflower-l...
Crocodilefish

Crocodilefish- Facts Photographs and Video

The crocodilefish (Papilloculiceps longiceps), also known as the tentacled flathead or Western Indian Ocean crocodilefish, has a unique character due to its unusual shaped jaw. The fish sits flat and unmovi...
mantis shrimp.

Mantis Shrimp – Facts and Photographs

GENERAL INFO There are some 400 different species of mantis shrimp. Some grow up to 30 centimeters (11 inches) in length. Locomotion is via the usual shrimp and lobster method of using thei...
Mushroom Coral

Mushroom Coral

Mushroom coral (Fungia scutaria) is a peculiarity as corals go for several reasons,  it does not have a stable place of abode, it is non colonial in that it is in itself is a single coral polyp and it does ...
black saddled toby (Canthigaster Valentini) also known as the saddled toby and valentini's sharp nose puffer

Black Saddled Toby Facts and Photographs

The Black Saddled Toby (Canthigaster Valentini) also known as the Model Toby, the Saddled Toby and Valentini's Sharp Nose Puffer, is a very common sight in Tanzanian waters, being found on reefs, rocky outc...
Moon Jellyfish

Moon Jellyfish-Facts and Photographs

FACTS ABOUT MOON JELLYFISH Moon Jellyfish are easily recognizable by the pattern of four joined circles on the top of the jelly fish created by its gonads which are visible through the transparent bell. ...
Pinky Fish

Hiding Pinky

A pinky fish (Pomadsys olivaceum) hides in the shadows of uShaka Marine World's shark tank. It is a common bait fish found along the South African coast and in estuary systems. The pinky fish is known by a ...
Giant grouper Epinephelus lanceolatus named Jesus in Mafia Island Marine Park

Giant Grouper Facts and Photographs

The Giant Grouper Epinephelus lanceolatus also known as the Goliath Grouper, Brindlebass, Brown spotted cod and Queensland Grouper is a member of the Epinephelus genus. They are the largest fish in the genu...
Sepia latimanus, also known as the broadclub cuttlefish

Cuttlefish- Facts- Video and Photographs

Cuttlefish are marine mollusks rather than fish as their name misleadingly suggests, with some rather unusual abilities. They have an adaptive camouflage system, a sophisticated liquid gas buoyancy control ...
Longfin Batfish Platex Teira

Longfin Batfish

The longfin batfish (Platax teira), also known as the teira batfish or longfin spadefish, is found across the Indo Pacific area. Batfish are commonly found under anchored boats and around mooring chains, se...
Skunk clownfish or nosestripe anemonefish Amphiprion akallopisos Tanzania 1

A Vibrant Display

With the sun in the meridian, brilliant yellows, oranges and reds are on a vibrant display in this shallow reef of Paje, Zanzibar. A skunk clownfish stands guard, maintaining eye-contact ever so diligently,...
Batfish

Batfish Shoal

Dark shapes emerge from the underwater shadows and glide like underwater kites, curiously toward me. Each batfish slips rhythmically sideways, this way and that, fluttering ever so gracefully. Camera in han...

A Small Justice

"What kind of wrasse is it?" We descend back down into the shallow Zanzibar reef for another look, locating the fish easily due the rare appearance of a dazzling, vibrant eye-spot on it's dorsal fin. The br...
Moorish Idol

Submerged with a Moorish Idol

Submerged under a reef of coral with a tantalizing Moorish Idol. Now we get it, we really get why the Moors were glad to call this fish their own. The water flashes with a compressed body of black, white an...