Tripletail Wrasse, Cheilinus trilobatus is also known as Maori Wrasse, Trilobed Maori Wrasse, Tripletail Maori, Triple-tail Maori-wrasse and Trippletail Maori Wrasse.

Floral Wrasse- Facts and Photographs

The Floral Wrasse, Cheilinus chlorourus is also known as Floral Maori Wrasse. They are one of the larger wrasses and are usually very shy and because of this are very difficult to approach and photograph. ...

Adorned Wrasse- Facts and Photographs

  The Adorned Wrasse (Halichoeres cosmetus) is also known as the Cosmetic wrasse. They are small colourful fast moving wrasses that are common on the reefs and surrounding areas in Tanzania. As with...
Striated wrasse, Pseudocheilinus evanidus

Striated Wrasse- Facts and Photographs

    The Striated wrasse, Pseudocheilinus evanidus is also known as the Disappearing wrasse and the Secretive wrasse. They obtain the latter two names because of their extremely reclusive beh...
six line wrasse, Pseudocheilinus hexataenia

Six Line Wrasse- Facts and Photographs

bu   The Six line wrasse, Pseudocheilinus hexataenia also known as the Six Stripe Wrasse.  With its vivid purple and orange colouration it is an exceptionally pretty wrasse that stands out against th...
moon wrasse (Thalassoma lunare)

Moon Wrasse- Facts and Photographs

Bein The Moon Wrasse (Thalassoma lunare) is also known as the Lunar wrasse or Crescent tail wrasse. They obtain their name from the crescent shaped tail that is present in the adults. APPEARANCE Moon wrass...
Variegated Lizardfish also known as the Reef or Red Banded Lizzardfish, Synodus variegatus

Variegated Lizardfish- Facts and Photographs

The Variegated Lizardfish (Synodus variegatus) is also known as the Reef Lizardfish or Red Banded Lizardfish. Lizardfish are so named because the long tapered body and head resemble a lizard. APPEARANCE T...
Antennarius commerson Giant frogfish , Commerson's Frogfish

Giant Frogfish- Facts and Photographs

The Giant frogfish or Commerson's frogfish, Antennarius commerson is one of the more unusual fishes found on coral reefs. They are exceptionally well camouflaged and can resemble a sponge, coral or a rock. ...
Mozambique scorpionfish Parascorpaena Mossambica

Mozambique Scorpionfish- Facts and Photographs

Beca The Mozambique scorpionfish Parascorpaena Mossambica is one of the smaller scorpionfish. They have a very distinctive set of elongated cirri above the eyes that resemble antlers. As with all the scorpio...
Scuba diving Tanzania East Africa Mafia Island

The Dive Sites of Mainland Tanzania

Tanzania has a fairly long undeveloped coastline 1424 km long, with many undiscovered diving spots that are undoubtedly going to develop in the future. The three main large islands of Pemba, Ungudja ( known...
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...
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...
Moray eel Bongoyo Patch Da es Salaam Diving Tanzania
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Bongoyo Patches – Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

PHOTOGRAPHY BY ALAN SUTTON  Bongoyo Patches Bongoyo patches is to the east of Bongoyo Island north of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania. The reef extends out in patches. It is relatively flat dropping off on t...
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Nudi City – Mafia Island, Tanzania

PHOTOGRAPHY BY ALAN SUTTON Nudi city is a scuba dive site in the channel between Mafia Island and Chole Island.  The name nudi city is a reference to the unusually large number of nudibranchs in the area...
pickhandle barracuda (Sphyraena jello)

Pickhandle Barracuda – Facts and Photographs

The pickhandle barracuda (Sphyraena jello) , is also known as the Jello Barracuda, Banded Barracuda, Yellowtail Barracuda and Sea Pike. Barracuda are known as the tigers of the sea and are voracious predato...
speckled shrimpfish, Aeoliscus punctulatus

Speckled Shrimpfish – Facts and Photographs

The speckled shrimpfish, Aeoliscus punctulatus , also known as the  razorfish is related to the seahorses and pipefishes. They have a distinctive way of swimming with their heads in a downwards position. De...
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Powoni – Zanzibar, Tanzania

PHOTOGRAPHY BY ALAN SUTTON Zanzibar has great diving and is world famous for its pristine clear waters. There are numerous dive sites on the island and one of the lesser known gems of Zanzibar is Paje. P...
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Moto Shipwreck – Bongoyo Island

Dar es Salaam has some has some fun snorkeling and free-diving day trips, one of the most popular is Bongoyo Island, to see the Moto Shipwreck. The island and wreck is easily accessed...
Kankadya patches Dar es Salaam Diving Tanzania
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Kankadya Patches – Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

PHOTOGRAPHY BY ALAN SUTTON Kankadya Patches Kankadya Patches is named after Ras Kankadya the headland that forms the southern part of Msasani bay and lies 4.2 kilometers to the east of the northern t...

Diving on Mafia Island, Tanzania

Whale shark off Mafia Island  PHOTOGRAPHY BY ALAN SUTTON Mafia Island is situated  25 km from mainland Tanzania and is approximately 130 kilometers south east of Dar es Salaam. The island is 48 kilometer...
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Kinasi Pass – Mafia Island, Tanzania

PHOTOGRAPHY BY ALAN SUTTON Kinasi Pass is an entrance channel into Chole Bay, just south of Jena Island. It is best dived on an incoming tide and the currents make for an interesting ride into Chole Bay....
Mafia island Mikindini Reef scuba diving
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Mikadini Reef Middle – Mafia Island, Tanzania

PHOTOGRAPHY BY ALAN SUTTON Situated on the the south eastern side of Jena Island, Mikadini reef is best dived on an incoming tide which drifts one slowly over the reef. The reef is composed of a large nu...