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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...

Halleluja, It’s Raining Fish!

I love being below a big cloud of fish. The swarm is like an underwater rainstorm. This silhouette was taken looking skyward, while scuba diving at Jena Wall off the coast of Mafia Island....

Jena Wall

Scuba diving on Jena Wall off the coast of Mafia Island. The reef, abundant with sea goldies, various hard and soft corals and massive shoals, is located inside a marine park with over 400 species of fish....

Open Wide!

A whale shark, feeding off the coast of Mafia Island in Tanzania. Whale sharks have a mouth that can be up to 1.5 m (4.9 feet) wide, containing 300 to 350 rows of tiny teeth and 10 filter pads which it uses...
Whale Shark

Whale Shark

A massive whale shark (Rhincodon typus), photographed off the coast of Mafia Island. In her post Free-Diving with Whale Sharks, Renee Blundon writes, "The whale shark’s beauty is memorizing. An abundance of...
Whale Shark

Alongside a Whale Shark

Renee Blundon free-dives while filming an elusive whale shark, the biggest fish in the world, off the coast of Mafia Island. See more photos and the full write-up at Free-Diving with Whale Sharks....
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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...
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Flounder Close-up

Close-up of a flounder at the New England Aquarium in Boston, Massachusetts. This flatfish was born with an eye on each side of its head then one eye migrated to the other side of the body as the fish grows...

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....
Lagoon Triggerfish

Picasso Triggerfish

The one and only Picasso triggerfish (Rhinecanthus aculeatus), also known as the lagoon triggerfish, blackbar triggerfish, the Picassofish, and the Jamal, photographed at uShaka Marine World in Durban. Phot...
Juvenile Parrotfish

Juvenile Parrotfish

Three juvenile parrotfish, photographed while snorkeling on a shallow reef in Paje, Zanzibar. Photo by Alan Sutton. See more photos at Parrotfish....
Giant Grouper

Mouth Wide Open

A giant grouper with mouth wide open at uShaka Marine World in Durban, South Africa. Photo by Alan Sutton. See more photos at Groupers....
Pompano Fish

Pompano

A full grown pompano fish at uShaka Marine World in Durban. Photo by Alan Sutton. See more photos of pompanos at Pelagic Fish....
African Penguin

African Pengiun

An african penguin (Spheniscus demersus) also known as the jackass penguin and black-footed penguin, relaxes on the rocks at the New England Aquarium. This species of penguin is confined to southern African...

White Grunter

A sparkling white grunter fish within a shoal of yellow-striped snappers, photographed at the New England Aquarium....
Free-Diving Pemba

Free-Diving at Njao Gap

Renee Blundon free-dives through a shoal of bait fish at Pemba Island's Njao Gap. Njao Gap, located in the north of Pemba Island, is a truly beautiful example of what the ocean should be like without the ef...
Shoal of Snappers

Shoal of Snappers

A shoal of yellow striped snappers, photographed at the bottom of the five story tank of the New England Aquarium....
French Angelfish

French Angelfish

A French angelfish (Pomacanthus paru) photographed at the New England Aquarium. Normally found in the western Atlantic Ocean from Florida to the Bahamas to Brazil, as well as the Gulf of Mexico and the Cari...
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In Sparkling Specks of Wonder

Renee Blundon swims within a shoal of commerson's anchovies off the coast of Mafia Island. This is in a collection of eight photos, each photo accompanied by a line of poetry. The line for this image is “Be...

African Penguins

African penguins, photographed at the New England Aquarium. They are also known as jackass penguins because they make a sound that is similar to a donkey's bray. African penguins are found on Africa's coast...
Walden Pond Free-Divers

Walden Free-Divers

John Small, Renee Blundon and Dan Christianson between dives at Walden Pond in Concord, Massachusetts. See more photos and a full write-up at Free-Diving at Walden Pond. Photo by Julian Honma....
Free-Diving Walden Pond

Preparing the Line

It's a chilly October day in Walden Pond, free-dive instructor, Nick Fazah, from East Coast Divers, prepares the line while I do my breath-up. Photo by Julian Honma....

Getting Ready to Descend

Renee Blundon and Nick Fazah from East Coast Divers floating face down, breathing from snorkels on the surface at Walden Pond, in preparation to descend to 25 meters (82 feet). More photos with a full write...
Homarus americanus

The One in 2 Million

A blue american lobster (Homarus americanus), photographed at the New England Aquarium. An estimated one in 2 million lobsters are blue due to a genetic mutation which causes a blue lobster to produce an ex...