spotted jelly, lagoon jelly, golden medusa, or Papuan jellyfish (Mastigias papua)

Spotted Jellyfish – Facts and Photographs

The Spotted Jelly, Mastigias papua is also known as the lagoon jelly, golden medusa, or Papuan jellyfish. They are closely related to the famous jellies found in the lakes in Palau. The jellies in the lakes...

Dwarfed by a Whale Shark

Underwater photographer, Alan Sutton, is dwarfed in size alongside a giant whale shark in Kilondoni Bay of Mafia Island's West Coast. Whale sharks favor these waters for the abundant sergestid shrimps and r...
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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...

Scuba Diving at Jena Reef

Scuba diver, Galina Molchanova, immersed in sea goldies at Jena Reef. The marine reserve is a half hour boat ride off the coast of Mafia Island in Tanzania.

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...

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...
Whale Shark Mafia Island

Feeding Time!

A whale shark feeding on microscopic planktons off the coast of Mafia Island. It's hard to believe that a fish can grow this large without eating other large fish...
Whale Shark

Tailing a Whale Shark

A snorkeler "tailing" an ambiguous whale shark off the coast of Mafia Island in Tanzania. The whale shark's tail is about as long as the height of a person, with the overall...

Goldtail Angelfish

A goldtail angelfish (Pomacanthus chrysurus), also known as the ear spot angelfish, photographed while scuba diving at Jena Reef off the coast of Mafia Island. Like other angelfish, the goldtail angelfish i...
Whale Shark Mafia Island

Gentile Giant

A whale shark, also known as the "gentile giant" of the sea, due to it's massive size and indifference towards humans. Photo taken off the coast of Mafia Island. See more at Whale Shark Excursion....
Jena Reef Mafia Island

Rock Cod Stands His Ground

A rock cod opens his mouth to warn off myself and fellow scuba divers at Jena Reef off the coast of Mafia Island. Rock cods are known for standing their ground...
Jena Wall Mafia Island

Posing for a Pic

A fish poses for a picture in front of Jena Wall, abundant with fish live and corals. About a 30 minute boat ride from Chole Bay and located within the boundaries...
Scuba Diving Mafia Island

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...

Goldspotted Sweetlips

A shoal of goldspotted sweetlips (Plectorhinchus flavomaculatus) at the base of Mafia Island's Jena Wall. Goldspotted sweetlips inhabit coastal waters near sheltered reefs, lagoons, and weedy areas, either ...

Red Diana Hogfish

A red diana hogfish (Bodianus diana), photographed while scuba diving at Jena Wall off the coast of Mafia Island. Photo shot on 18mm with a Canon 7D and 18-55mm Lense in an Ikelite eTTL Housing with Ikelite...
Shoal of Grunters

Shoal of Grunters

A massive shoal of grunters with two lone triggerfish, photographed while scuba diving at Jena Wall outside Mafia Island's Chole Bay. See more photos at Scuba Dive at Jena Wall....
Whale Sharks Mafia Island

Filming a Whale Shark

Renee Blundon swims alongside an elusive whale shark while filming. Photo taken in Kilondoni Bay, off the coast of Mafia Island. See more at Whale Shark Excursion. Shot on 18mm with a Canon 7D and 18-55m...
Halgerda toliara

Halgerda toliara

A beautiful white, black-tipped and yellow-web lined Halgerda toliara nudibranch, photographed on the reef of Jena Wall outside of Mafia Island's Chole Bay.
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Along the Wall

Scuba divers along Jena Wall, loaded with pink soft corals, a colorful variety of hard corals and shoals of sea goldies. Dive site is located outside of Mafia Island's Chole Bay.
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Whale Shark & Travallies

A whale shark (Rhincodon typus) coasts along Tanzanian waters with a large school of golden trevallies (Gnathanodon speciosus). Golden travallies often congregate whale sharks...

Harem of Sea Goldies

A harem of female sea goldies (Pseudanthias squamipinnis), photographed while scuba diving at Jena Wall off the coast of Mafia Island. See more photos at...
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Blue-lined Snapper Shoal

Massive shoal of blue-lined snappers (Lutjanus kasmira), photographed while scuba diving off the coast of Mafia Island at Jena Wall. See more photos at Scuba Dive at Jena Wall....

Yellowback Fusilier

Up close with a yellowback fusilier (Caesio xanthonota), photographed while scuba diving at Jena Wall, off the coast of Mafia Island. This pelagic fish is most active during the day, feeding on zooplankton ...

Whale Shark Excursion

Perhaps the first known recorded sighting of a whale shark (Rhincodon typus) off the coast of Mafia Island, was during the first world war. It was in the Mafia Island channel near Niororo Island where seaplanes...
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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...