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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A barnacle feeds in the currents flowing past the oil rigs.
This Mutton snapper was just begging to have its picture taken.
Hundreds of market squid gather to mate and lay their eggs before they perish on the sea floor. While spawning, the males' arms blush red as he embraces the female; a warning to other competing males to back-off.
Large male sheephead patrol their territories on the oil rigs. This guy was just begging to have his portrait taken.
Female sheephead at the oil rigs.
Juvenile Treefish at Crescent Bay.
This curious little kelp bass was just begging to have his portrait taken. Oh, and he's waving.
A tiny proliferating anemone (~1cm) clings to a bladder of giant kelp, high above the sea floor. Point Loma, California.
A yellowfin fringehead peeks out of its home at Point Loma, near San Diego, California.
Attacking the Baitball
An army of bonito pursue the bait ball, while a pair of snappers look on.
Blue Steel. This little cryptic Crevice Kelpfish peeks from its home amongst the red algae. Anacapa Island, California.
A river of bait fish and the charging bonito.
Downward Spiral. This colorful feeding plume of a tiny Christmas Tree worm was just 1cm in diameter. Anacapa Island, California.
Tiny blue-ring topsnail at Santa Cruz Island, California.
Spanish Shawl nudibranch (Flabellina iodinea) on a bed of unknown tube worms, Old Marineland, Palos Verdes, California.
Juvenile flatfish use this fried-egg jelly as protection until they mature enough to swim to the ocean floor. Off shore Palos Verdes, California.