Cape Seahorse – Facts and Photographs

A Knysna or Cape Seahorse (Hippocampus capensis) gazes skyward in its tank at Ushaka Marine World. The future of its species far from secure. The Cape seahorse is related to the more common Indo-Pacific sea...
shad, Pomatomus saltatrix

The Shad

A shad, Pomatomus saltatrix, peers curiously at the photographer, probably with food on its mind in some way or the other. The shad is known as an "elf" in South Africa, "tailor" in Australia and "bluefish"...

The Eye of a Batfish-

A longfin batfish, Platax teira peers at the photographer. Because of the effect of water on light, it has fixed pupils that do not adjust to changes in the intensity of light. Compared to terrestrial an...
marine biology

Rough Triggerfish – Facts and Photographs

Rough triggerfish, also known as spotted oceanic triggerfish (Canthidermis maculata)  spend their lives away from the coast, living in floating flotsam and wreckage. Given that triggerfish normally use thei...
scuba diving freediving

It’s Dory in Finding Nemo

Paracanthus hepatus, perhaps better known to many millions of people as Dory in the Disney Pixar films Finding Nemo and its sequel Finding Dory, is also known as a regal tang, a blue tang, palette surgeon f...
scuba diving freediving

Shades of a Longfin Batfish

A Longfin batfish, Platax teira, glides through the water, the obliterate vertical dark line across its eye and black pupil disguises the eye's locations. Additionally the coloring provides camouflage in wa...
scuba diving freediving

A Colorful Ambush Predator

The popeyed scorpionfish, Rhinopias frondosa, is a colorful ambush predator which hides in plain sight, sometimes being surprisingly difficult to distinguish from a piece of coral or plant life. The species...

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. ...

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...
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...
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....
Seahorses

Seahorse Bunch

A bunch of seahorses, photographed at uShaka Marine World in South Africa....
Upside down jellyfish

Upside Down Jellyfish

An upside down jellyfish (Cassiopeia andromeda) at uShaka Marine World in South Africa. These jellyfish live in the intertidal area on sandy bottoms, mud flats and in mangroves. Their color is variable, ...

Turtle Bite

A sea turtle bites another in the tank at uShaka Marine World....