Birdbeak Burrfish Cyclichthys orbicularis is also known as the Orbicular Burrfish

Birdbeak Burrfish – Facts and Photographs

The Birdbeak Burrfish Cyclichthys orbicularis is also known as the Orbicular Burrfish. Burrfish differ from the Porcupine fish in that they have rigid spines instead of movable spines.  They have the abilit...
Tyler's toby (Canthigaster tyleri)

Tyler’s toby – Facts and Photographs

The Tyler's toby (Canthigaster tyleri) is rarely seen in Tanzanian waters perhaps because it is found deeper than the other toby's. Fish in the Tetraodontidae family have the smallest genome of any verte...
Blue-spotted Toby (Canthigaster cyanospilota)

Blue-spotted Toby – Facts and Photographs

The Blue-spotted Toby (Canthigaster cyanospilota) is also known as the Blue-spotted Pufferfish.  They were previously known as Canthigaster Coronata but in a study done by Randall, J. E.; Williams, J. T.; Rocha...
Immaculate Puffer (Arothron immaculatus) is also known as the Black edged Puffer and the Yellow-eyed puffer

Immaculate Pufferfish – Facts and Photographs

The Immaculate Pufferfish (Arothron immaculatus) is also known as the Black edged Puffer and the Yellow-eyed puffer. As with many other puffers, they have a symbiotic relationship with types of bacteria suc...
Honeycomb Toby (Canthigaster janthinoptera) also known as Spotted Puffer, Spotted Pufferfish, Spotted Toby, White-spotted Pufferfish

Honeycomb Toby – Facts and Photographs

The Honeycomb Toby (Canthigaster janthinoptera) also known as Spotted Puffer, Spotted Pufferfish, Spotted Toby, White-spotted Pufferfish. They belong to the genus Canthigaster, whose members are called shar...
Bicolour toby, Canthigaster smithae is also known as the Smiths Pufferfish

Bicolor Toby – Facts and Photographs

  The Bicolor toby, Canthigaster smithae is also known as the Smiths Pufferfish. They belong to the genus Canthigaster, whose members are called sharp-nosed puffers or tobies and who are much smalle...
map puffer , Arothron mappa

Map Pufferfish – Facts and Photographs

The map pufferfish  or scribbled puffer, Arothron mappa are not commonly seen on the reefs in East Africa.  They obtain their name from the patterns on the body.  As with many other puffers, they have a sym...
Arothron meleagris, guineafowl pufferfish or golden pufferfish

Guineafowl Pufferfish – Facts and Photographs

The the Guineafowl pufferfish or golden pufferfish, Arothron meleagris are a fairly common sight on the reefs in East Africa. They obtain their name from the coloration which resembles that of a Guineafowl....
False eye toby, Canthigaster solandri is also known as the ocellated toby, blue spotted toby, jewel pufferfish, solanders toby and spotted sharpnose puffer.

False Eye Toby – Facts and Photographs

The False eye toby (Canthigaster solandri) is also known as the Ocellated toby, Blue spotted toby, Jewel pufferfish, Solanders toby  and the Spotted sharpnose puffer. They belong to the genus Canthigaster, ...
Scuba Diving Tanzania

Puffer Hiding Out in a Sponge

A short spined Puffer Hiding, or blow fish as they are sometimes called, rests inside an unusually shaped sponge, hidden from predators. These fish often wedge themselves into crevices, and if threatened th...
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White Spotted Puffer

A white spotted puffer (Arothron hispidus). Photographed on a shallow coral reef off the coast of Mbudya Island in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. This ornate pufferfish can reach up to 50 cm (19.6") in length....
black saddled toby (Canthigaster Valentini)

A Vibrant Black Saddled Toby

A beautifully patterned and vibrantly colored black saddled toby, scientifically known as the Canthigaster Valentini. This fish is widely distributed throughout the tropical and...
Canthigaster valentini

A Toxic Saddled Puffer

A saddled puffer (Canthigaster valentin), also known as the valentinni's sharpnose Toxic Saddled Puffer or black saddled toby, photographed while scuba diving off the coast of Dar es Salaam. Saddled puffers...
Boxfish

Stunning Boxfish

A stunning 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 ...
Sleepy Puffer

Sleepy Puffer

A Sleepy Puffer, photographed near a shallow reef off the coast of Bongoyo Island in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Photo by Renee Blundon. EQUIPMENT USED Canon 7D Ikelite 7D Housing Twin Ikelite DS 161 S...
pufferfish

Pufferfish

Pufferfish, also called puffers, balloonfish, blowfish, bubblefish, globefish, swellfish, toadfish, todies, honey toads, sugar toads and sea squab, are from the family Tetraodontidae which includes at least 120...
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Blue Spotted Pufferfish

A blue spotted pufferfish (Canthigaster Solandri), photographed in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. EQUIPMENT USED Canon 7D Ikelite 7D Housing Twin Ikelite DS 161 Strobes Flat Ikelite Lens Port Ikelit...
black saddled toby (Canthigaster Valentini) also known as the saddled toby and valentini's sharp nose puffer

Black Saddled Toby Facts and Photographs

The Black Saddled Toby (Canthigaster Valentini) also known as the Model Toby, the Saddled Toby and Valentini's Sharp Nose Puffer, is a very common sight in Tanzanian waters, being found on reefs, rocky outc...

Purple Puffer

The Purple Puffer from ledge to ledge and reef to reef, I move slowly in the watery deep, where depth robs colors on descent and ancient rocks fade in silence. I pause and hover to gaze at a pufferfish, swi...
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The Toby and I

I'm captured and held in place... a small, yet dazzling black saddle toby juxtaposed against a backdrop of unpolished coral. The ocean's offering at the tail end of an adventurous drift dive off the coast o...
Toadfish

Bar-Cheeked Toadfish

A Bar-Cheeked Toadfish (Amblyrhynchotes Honckenii), photographed in the shallows of Msasani Bay. Notice the red and green outlined eyes, zebra striped sides and spotted camouflage backside, not an everyday ...