Torpedo Ray Silhouette
Pacific electric ray slowly glides over the pinnacles of Farnsworth Banks.
Mating Market Squid
A female market squid attempts to lay an egg casing while an aggresive male pursues her.
A tope shark cruises around a school of salema in the murky waters of La Jolla Shores, California.
A rare sight in the waters of southern California, a green turtle forages amongst the algae in the shallow waters of La Jolla Shores.
A speedy whip goby pauses for a brief moment before racing back down the length of the whip coral. Trailblazer - Wakatobi
Persian Carpet Flatworm
Persian carpet flatworm hunts along the algae and sponges of Dunia Baru - Wakatobi.
A tiger flatworm makes its way along the hard corals of Dunia Baru - Wakatobi.
A skeleton shrimp photo-bombs this picture of a delicate tunicate at Cornucopia - Wakatobi.
Chromodoris annae nudibranch. Cornucopia - Wakatobi
Halimeda Ghost Pipefish
Halimeda ghost pipefish hovers motionless amongst the halimeda algae.
Right-handed Hermit Crab
Right-handed hermit crab in live coral. Zoo - Wakatobi
Mushroom Coral Pipefish
A pair of evasive mushroom coral pipefish. Zoo - Wakatobi
Social tunicates, Clavelina sp., form colorful clusters amongst the hard corals. Waha Pinnacle - Wakatobi
Bubble Coral Shrimp
Bubble coral shimp amongst, well, bubble coral. Teluk Waikii - Wakatobi
A rare and tiny dragon shrimp clings to a whip coral at Teluk Waikii - Wakatobi.
Chromodoris coi and some colorful sponges of Teluk Waikii - Wakatobi.
Stonycoral ghostgoby finds a suitable resting spot on a large head of boulder coral. Liabale - Wakatobi
Reef lizardfish attempts to blend in with the surrounding colors of the reef. The Zoo - Wakatobi
Yellowstriped cardinalfish seek shelter in a purple gorgonian. Teluk Maya - Wakatobi
A broadclub cuttlefish hovers motionless above the branched hard corals of Dunia Baru - Wakatobi.
The colorful sea fans, crinoids, hydroids, and sponges of Dunia Baru - Wakatobi.
Soft corals, feather stars, sea fans, and fish alike enjoy the swift currents of the tide changes at Roma - Wakatobi.
A school of great barracuda slowly cruise against the swift current at Roma - Wakatobi.
Brightly colored crinoids and feather stars filter-feed at Roma - Wakatobi.
Soft Coral Feeding
Polyps are wide open as this large soft coral feeds in the current at Malabea - Wakatobil
Soft corals, sea fans, sponges, and hard corals cover the steep wall at Malabea - Wakatobi.
Sea Whips and Diver
Colorful red sea whips and sponges adorn the wall along Malabea - Wakatobi.
Sea Fan and Diver
A diver passes over a large sea fan along the wall of Sawa Utara - Wakatobi.
Crinoid on Sea Fan
A large crinoid (feather star) clings to a large sea fan along the steep wall of Table Coral City - Wakatobi.
A tiny skeleton shrimp cling to eel grass at Veterns Park in Redondo Beach, California.
Schools of juvenile senorita and blacksmith stream down the wall at Keyhole at Islas Coronodas, just south of the US/Mexico border.
Sea lion pup
Playful sea lions at Lobster Shack at Islas Coronados.
Catriona columbiana nudibranch
A tiny Catriona columbiana nudibranch in the detrius patch at Veterans Park.
Still nestled in their egg sacs, these market squid are just days from hatching.
Colorful sponges and sea fans line the bottom of "The Arch" at San Clemente Island.
A tiny bluebanded goby (~2") poses patiently for me on the reef. Although a bit sinister looking, these small fish are quite skittish.
A pair of sheepcrabs mating in the surfgrass at Catalina Island.
Bat Ray Portrait
Huge bat rays gather in the sandy shallows to feast on crustaceans, mollusks, and small fish. This particular ray had a wingspan of at least four feet.
Sea Fan Cavern
Colorful gorgonian sea fans line the inside of a small cave at a site called White Rock at Catalina Island.
Sun beams pierce the thick kelp canopy at Rock Quarry off the coast of Catalina Island, California. It was stunning to witness the light dancing on the sea floor.
A large California moray peers out from its shelter deep within a crevice.
The Piper Warrior wreck at Catalina Island.
A barnacle feeds in the currents flowing past the oil rigs.
Mola Mola and Diver
A cooperative Pacific Sunfish (mola mola) cruises through oil rig "Elly" near Long Beach, CA.
Curious garibaldi check out a giant-spined sea star at the entrance to "The Crevice" at Shaw's Cove.