Underwater city on low tide

Underwater City off Mafia Island, Tanzania

PHOTOGRAPHY BY HANNAH JANE AND ALAN SUTTON While on a helicopter flight off the usual flight path to Mafia Island off the coast of Tanzania, the tide was low and I spotted an unusually shaped formation in t...
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Slemmestad Shipwreck

On the 27th of March 1951 the Slemmestad, laden with 3,500 tons of general cargo, including bitumen, brandy, kerosene, lube oil, matches and bagged cement, whilst on a voyage from...
Free-Diving Walden Pond

Free-Diving at Walden Pond

Nothing is more fantastic than free-diving in the waters of my own beautiful homeland. Floating face down on the surface of Walden Pond, in the world I forcibly left behind, instructor, Nick Fazah, from Eas...

The Experience of Night Diving

Diving at night is a surreal, lunar-like experience. I'm surrounded in complete darkness at the bottom of the Indian ocean, with only a beam of light to expose what's hiding and lingering nearby. Fish life, cre...

Lionfish Make Love to the Camera

Lionfish are unquestionably one of the most photogenic fish in the sea, with an eccentric, gaudy profile, elaborate, vibrant stripes and a cantankerous, unhurried demeanor; they glide along reefs like an underw...

Unidentified Eel Species

Can anyone identify this Eel.  Only seen so far on the Tanzanian coast around Dar es Salaam. In some 600 dives I have seen five so they are pretty rare. Only once have I seen one out in the open and it was ...
Twospot hawkfish (Amblycirrhitus bimacula) is also known as the Twinspot Hawkfish

Twospot Hawkfish-Facts-Photographs

The Twospot Hawkfish (Amblycirrhitus bimacula) is also known as the Twinspot Hawkfish . They are extremely shy compared to the other Hawkfish. They are usually very well hidden and it is not often that one ...

Powder Blue Surgeonfish-Facts and Photographs

The Powder Blue Surgeonfish (Acanthurus leucosternon) is also known as the Powder Blue Tang. The species gained international fame in the animated children's film by Pixar, "Finding Nemo" where one of the c...
(Cephalopholis nigripinnis)Banded-tail Coral-cod, Blackfin Rockcod, Duskyfin Rockcod Cephalopholis nigripinnis

Darkfin Hind – Facts and Photographs

TheDarkfin Hind (Cephalopholis nigripinnis) is also known as the Blackfin Rockcod and the Duskyfin Rockcod.  They are fairly common off the coast of Tanzania. They are not that common in the Dar es Salaam a...
Convict Tang (Acanthurus triostegusor) is also known as the Convict Surgeonfish

Convict Tang-Facts and Photographs

The Convict Tang (Acanthurus triostegusor) is also known as the Convict Surgeonfish, they are one of the smaller members of the surgeonfish family and are very common, mainly in shallower waters. Members...
schooling bannerfish (Heniochus diphreutes), also known as the false moorish idol

Schooling Bannerfish – Facts and Photographs

The Schooling Bannerfish (Heniochus diphreutes) , is also known as the coachman or pennant bannerfish. They are sometimes called the poor man's moorish idol by aquarists as they are more affordable than the...
Mozambique Blenny (Meiacanthus mossambicus) is also known as the Harptail Blenny

Mozambique Blenny – Facts and Photographs

The Mozambique Blenny (Meiacanthus mossambicus) is also known as the Harptail Blenny. Blennies in the Meiacanthus Genus have grooved canine teeth with poison sacks that allow them to inject poison into thei...
snowflake moray (Echidna nebulosa) also known as the floral moray and clouded moray

Snowflake Moray Eel-Facts and Photographs

The Snowflake moray (Echidna nebulosa) also known as the Floral Moray Eel, the Starry Moray Eel and the Clouded Moray Eel.  They are not common in Tanzanian waters but neither are they very rare. APPEARANC...
Brushtail tang (Zebrasoma scopas) brown tang, twotone tang, scopas tang.

Scopas Tang-Facts and Photographs

The Scopas Tang (Zebrasoma scopas) is also known as the Twotone Tang, the Brown Tang and the Brushtail Tang.  Members of the Acanthuridae family have a retractable razor sharp spine on either side of the ca...

Red-bar Anthias – Facts and Photographs

The Red-bar Anthias (Pseudanthias cooperi) is also known as the Coopers Anthias, Cooper's fairy basslet, the Red-bar fairy basslet, Red basslet, and the Silverstreak goldie. They are not common on the Tanza...
Fimbriated Moray Eel (Gymnothorax fimbriatus) is also known as the spot-face moray and the darkspotted moray

Fimbriated Moray Eel-Facts and Photographs

The Fimbriated Moray Eel (Gymnothorax fimbriatus) is also known as the spot-face moray, the darkspotted moray and the Cheetah Moray. They are rare in Tanzanian waters and we have sighted very few specimens,...
Beaded Anemone, Heteractis aurora is also known as the Aurora anemone or Beaded sand Anemone

Beaded Anemone – Facts and Photographs

The Beaded Anemone, Heteractis aurora is also known as the Aurora anemone or Beaded Sand Anemone . They obtain their name from the swellings on the tentacles which give the impression of strings of beads. T...

False Cleanerfish – Facts and Photographs

The False Cleanerfish (Aspidontus tractus) mimics the Blue Streak Cleaner Wrasse (Labroides dimidiatus)pictured below across each stage of its life. False Cleanerfish are fangblennies and the name originate...
Piano Fangblenny (Plagiotremus tapeinosoma) is also known as the Hit and Run Blenny, Mimic Blenny and Scale-eating Fangblenny

Piano Fangblenny – Facts and Photographs

The Piano Fangblenny (Plagiotremus tapeinosoma) is also known as the Hit and Run Blenny, Mimic Blenny and Scale-eating Fangblenny. They obtain their name from the black and brown striped pattern running dow...
Whip Coral Goby (Bryaninops yongei) is also known as the wire-coral goby

Whip Coral Goby – Facts and Photographs

The Whip Coral Goby (Bryaninops yongei) is also known as the wire-coral goby. They have a very specialized habitat and are found only on the Whip Coral (Cirripathes anguina) and as a consequence have a numb...
Lieutenant Surgeonfish (Acanthurus tennentii) is also known as the Doubleband Surgeonfish

Lieutenant Surgeonfish-Facts and Photographs

The Lieutenant Surgeonfish (Acanthurus tennentii) is also known as the Doubleband Surgeonfish and Tennents Surgeonfish. Members of the Acanthuridae family have a retractable razor sharp spine on either side...
Threespot Angelfish (Apolemichthys trimaculatus) is also known as the Three-spot Angelfish and the Flagfin Angelfish

Threespot Angelfish – Facts and Photographs

The Threespot Angelfish (Apolemichthys trimaculatus) is also known as the Three-spot Angelfish and the Flagfin Angelfish. They have a very distinctive bright colouration and are easy to see and identify und...
Blackbar Filefish (Pervagor janthinosoma) is also known as the Redtail Filefish and the Ear-spot Filefish

Blackbar Filefish – Facts and Photographs

The Blackbar Filefish (Pervagor janthinosoma) is also known as the Redtail Filefish and the Ear-spot Filefish.  They are very shy fishes that are difficult to approach closely. Filefish, also known as le...
Maldives damselfish (Amblyglyphidodon indicus)

Maldives Damselfish – Facts and Photographs

The Maldives damselfish (Amblyglyphidodon indicus) is a fairly recently described species, having been described by Allen & Randall in 2002. They are not common on the Tanzanian coast but in certain are...