Thursday, September 13, 2007

Feather-stars, damsels, spider-crab, batfish and puffer


Befriended a family from Italy on our last dive trip...
(Leonardo, here are some pictures for your viewing pleasure... and there are more to come...)
The above is one of my favorite shots of late... a leather coral being sandwiched by two feather stars of yellow and black... this is a rather common scene in tropical waters...


Damselfish (Indian Dascyllus) hovering over a colony of finger corals... about 10 centimeters they were? Was diving solo at the house reef... enjoyed remaining as motionless as possible (except for the breathing of course) while watching these cute little guys...


Spider crab sitting comfortably on a deflated bubble coral... it was not bothered at all with my photographing... size is minute, let's say, about 2 centimeters across?


Circular batfish with scuba tank... we were levelling off at 5 meters, waiting for the boat to arrive when a school of these graceful guys came by... and they were not afraid to come close... size was about 40 centimeters... and they looked pretty meaty... slurp...


White-spotted puffer amongst finger corals... was diving solo again in about 1.5 meters of water at the house reef when I caught this fellow cruising by... about 20 centimeters...