Invertebrates

Jellyfish or Sea Jellies Upside down jelly Cassiopea andromeda

Jellyfish or Sea Jellies which is correct ?

Despite the name, Sea Jellies - Jellyfish are not fish and the term is not scientifically appropriate. Many scientists are beginning to refer to them as jellies or sea jellies in a similar fashion to the name...
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Bluebottles – Stings and All You Need to Know

The Bluebottle, (Indo-Pacific) Portuguese man of war, bloublasie and sometimes mistakenly called the bluebottle jellyfish, gets its names from its float. The float resembles a bottle or an old Portuguese ma...
Slipper coral Herpolitha limax

Slipper Coral – Facts and Photographs

Slipper coral (Herpolitha limax) also known as boomerang or tongue coral. Theyare a large polyp stony type of mushroom coral in its own genus Herpolitha. As with the other species of mushroom corals, slippe...
Mole Crabs- Sea Lice-Genus Emerita

Mole Crabs – Facts and Photographs

Mole crabs of the genus Emerita, also known as sea lice, sand fleas or sand crabs, are small crabs that are seldom seen, except perhaps when their shells are washed up on a beach. They spend the majority of t...
magnificent sea anemone, Heteractis magnifica

Magnificent Anemone – Facts and Photographs

The magnificent sea anemone, Heteractis magnifica is also known as the Ritteri anemone. Previously they were known as Radianthus ritteri but they have now been reclassified. They are the commonest large ane...
Pink ghost crab Ocypode ryderi

Pink Ghost Crab

A pink ghost crab (Ocypode ryderi), rescued from a nearby swimming pool and returned to the beach, puts on his best threatening behavior to try and scare me away. The so called ghost crabs are nocturnal sca...
Dynamited Fishing

Hills of Dynamited Corals

Gigantic hills of lifeless, fragmented corals juxtapose patches of recovering reef off the remote coast of Sinda Island in Tanzania. Tanzania is home to an extensive network of coral reefs in which the biod...
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Freshwater Mussels in Wyman Lake

A large quantity of Freshwater Mussels in Wyman Lake. These filter-feeders provide a vital service to the lake by removing suspended particles such as algae, bacteria and detritus from the water column. Bec...
Feeding Snail

A Feeding Snail

AFeeding Snail by scraping algae along a rock in Maine's Wyman Lake. Snails are a member of the phylum Mollusca, which also includes freshwater mussles and clams. They're identified by their hard calcium ca...
natal lightfoot crab (Grapsus grapsus tenulcrustatus)

Natal Lightfoot Crab Facts and Photographs

A Natal Lightfoot crab (Grapsus grapsus tenulcrustatus) shines in the night from the light of my flash, freshly emerged onto the rocks from a dousing wave. They are similar in looks to the Flat-bodied Crab ...
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Bubble Tip Anemone

A bubble tip anemone (Entacmaea quadricolor) glows ethereally in the light of the photographers strobes. The anenomes have a symbiotic relationship with zooxanthellae that provide them with the majority of ...
Rhynchocinetes durbanensis

Preparing to Chow Down

A camel Shrimp Flatworm (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, shellf...
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Nestled in Anemone Tentacles

A clownfish (Amphiprion ocellaris) nestled in sea anemone tentacles. Photo taken while scuba diving off the coast of Kota Kinabalu in Malaysia with a Nikon D7000. Shot with a 60 mm lens, f/22.0, 1/60, iso 2...

Anemone Shrimp

Anemone Shrimp photographed while scuba diving off the coast of Kota Kinabalu in Malaysia. Photographed with a Nikon D7000 with a 60 mm lense, f/22.0, 1/60, iso 200. For more information click here Photo w...

Translucent Jellyfish

A translucent moon jellyfish (aurelia aurita) photographed at uShaka Marine World in Durban, South Africa. Moon jellyfish are found throughout most of the world's oceans, from the tropics to the far north. ...
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Jellyfish Whilst Free-Diving

One of the many jellyfish which surrounded free-divers last Sunday, causing painful stings, yet made for some nice photos. See more at Free-Diving in Dar es Salaam. EQUIPMENT USED 18-55mm Lense Ike...

Nomad Jellyfish Facts and Photographs

A giant nomad jellyfish (Rhopilema nomadica), photographed while snorkeling off the coast of Mafia Island. Although, quite captivating to see in the water, be sure to steer clear of these guys. They can cau...
Healthy Corals

Healthy Corals off Mafia

Welcome to Jena Reef, a dive site off the coast of remote Mafia Island. The marine life is abundant and relatively untouched. After several weeks of diving in Dar es Salaam in silty...
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Radiant Squid

A radiant big fin reef squid (Sepioteuthis lessoniana) photographed during a night dive in Dar es Salaam. These squids are very curious and attracted to dive lights at night. Some researches suggest that sq...
flat-bodied crab (Percnon planissimum)

The Flat-Bodied Crab- Facts and Photographs

The Flat-bodied Crab (Percnon planissimum) is also known as the Flat Rock Crab and the Sally Lightfoot Crab and the Nimble Spray Crab. They are common inhabitants of the shallows on the East African coast and...
Hermit Crab

Giant Hermit Crab

A furry, giant red hermit crab, known as the white-spotted hermit crab or spotted hermit crab (Dardanus megistos), photographed on a coral reef during a night dive in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. These crabs ar...
Sculptured Slipper Lobster

Sculptured Slipper Lobster

A sculptured slipper lobster (Parribacus antarcticus), photographed while night diving in Dar es Salaam. With the somewhat flattened appearance and horseshoe-shaped carapace (hard shell of the exoskeleton t...

Small White Jelly

Small White Jelly blubber jellyfish travelling with a shoal of shimmering fish in Msasani Bay of Dar es Salaam. For more information click here EQUIPMENT USED 18-55mm Lense Ikelite 7D Housing I...
Squid

Squid in the Night

A bigfin reef squid (Sepioteuthis lessoniana) during a night dive in Dar es Salaam. There are more than 280 species of squid living in the oceans worldwide. Many are masters of transformation, able to chang...
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Nomad Jellyfish

Giant Nomad jellyfish season began several weeks ago in Dar es Salaam with an invasion of massive, white Rhopilema nomadicas (nomad jellyfish). These jellies can grow up to 10 kg (22 lbs) of weight, and its...