Vertebrates

The Passenger

I was making a sunset dive with the intention of photographing mandarinfish mating when I spotted this beautiful solar powered nudibranch. I was already busy photographing...
Clearfin Lionfish (Pterois radiata)

Clearfin Lionfish

A clearfin lionfish (Pterois radiata), also known as the tailbar lionfish, radiata lionfish or radial firefish perches on a coral rock off the coast of Dar es Salaam. This is the only lionfish species which has...
zebra lionfish

Zebra Lionfish in Dar es Salaam

A zebra lionfish (Dendrochirus zebra), also known as a dwarf lionfish, rests on a barrel sponge (Xestospongia testudinaria) off the coast of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Lionfish have venomous spines that can b...
moorish idol

Lateral Line of a Moorish Idol

Look closely at this photograph of a moorish idol (Zanclus cornutus) and you will see the lateral line running along the moorish idol's body in the the center...
Ctenochaetus truncatus

A Lucky Tang

A spotted bristletooth tang (Ctenochaetus truncatus) swims across the inside reef off the coast of Bongoyo Island in Dar es Salaam. These fish start out their lives as bright yellow, and as they age they da...

Cow Fish

A thornspine cow fish (Lactoria fornasini) pouts at the camera, box fish may seem helpless and vulnerable, but they have the ability to secrete a poisonous mucus in the water when threatened. Also, their ex...
barracuda

Barracuda Shoal in Borneo

A shoal of juvenile great barracuda (Sphyraena barracuda) swim across the top of the reef in Mabal Kapalai, Borneo. Great barracuda can grow over 6 feet (1.8 m) long, and are vicious predators, preying main...
Bolbometopon muricatum

Shoal of Bumphead Parrotfish

A shoal of curious bumphead parrotfish (Bolbometopon muricatum) approach me out of curiosity. The largest of all the parrotfish growing up to 1.5 meters, these fish have been heavily exploited and are sough...

Copperband Butterflyfish

A copperband butterflyfish (Chelmon rostratus) hides under an overhang at night, sleeping upside down. Many reef fish particularly the angels and butterflyfish seem quite at home upside down under a ledge o...
Amphiprion ocellaris

Nemo Clownfish

A common clownfish (Amphiprion ocellaris) huddles in its anenome home. Made famous by the Pixar film, Finding Nemo, these clownfish are popular with aquarists. Most aquarium clownfish these days are captive...

Massive Potato Bass

A massive potato bass (Epinephelus tukula) which is habituated to human contact allows a scuba diver to approach in close proximity. Larger Potato bass...

Wookiee Crossed with a Toad

// Looking like a cross between Wookiee from Star Wars and a toad, the striated frogfish (Antennarius striatus) does not feature very highly in the beauty stakes. They do however have the ability to ch...
bluespotted ribbontail ray

The Eye of a Ray

The eye of a bluespotted ribbontail ray (Taeniura lymma), reflects light from the underwater camera strobes, appearing as though it is glowing inside...

The Start of a Long Journey

// A juvenile hawksbill turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata) pauses in a contemplative pose before taking the plunge into the ocean at the start of its long journey forward in life. It has completed the ...

Chillin Like a Villain

A tasseled scorpionfish (Scorpaenopsis oxycephala) 'chillin like a villian' atop a coral reef and surrounded with lots of options for lunch. Photo taken scuba diving in Dar es Salaam with a Sony DSC-RX100M ...
Rhynchocinetes durbanensis

Preparing to Chow Down

A camel shrimp (Rhynchocinetes durbanensis), also known as a dancing shrimp, prepares to chow down on a flatworm in Dar es Salaam. Shrimp eat whatever they can find on the reef; worms, fish, shellfish, mud ...
Pomacanthus semicirculatus

Koran Angelfish-Facts and Photographs

The Koran angelfish, blue angelfish or semicircle angelfish (Pomacanthus Semicirculatus) is a commonly seen fish on coral reefs in East Africa. They range from East Africa to as far south as the rocky shore...
Acanthuridae

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...

Melon Butterflyfish

A melon butterflyfish (Chaetodon trifasciatus) on a reef off the coast of Dar es Salaam. Melon butterflyfish are found in the Indian Ocean from East Africa to Western Java. The monogamous adults usually swi...

Triggerfish at Flourishing Reef

An orange-lined triggerfish (Balistapus undulatus) feeds on algae and hard coral tips at a flourishing reef off the coast of Mafia Island. Orange-lined triggerfish...

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...
whitespotted boxfish

Whitespotted Boxfish

A whitespotted boxfish (Ostracion meleagris), photographed while scuba diving on a reef in Dar es Salaam. You can tell that is a female due to the black body and white spots. The male whitespotted boxfish h...
Giant Oceanic Manta Ray

Manta Ray in Tofo

A giant oceanic manta ray (Manta birostris), photographed while scuba diving in the pristine waters off the coast of Tofo, Mozambique. This is the largest type of ray in the world, growing up to a width of ...

Bluespotted Ribbontail Ray

A bluespotted ribbontail ray (Taeniura lymma) photographed while scuba diving at Sweet Bongoyo off the coast of Dar es Salaam. This is a common species of ray throughout the tropical Indian and western Paci...

Baby Sea Turtle

A freshly hatched baby sea turtle makes its instinctive scramble from Kimbiji's white sandy beach to the warm Indian Ocean water. An NGO called Sea Sense has been working in partnership with the local commu...