Category Archives: Pic of the Day

Pic of the Day – Stingray City

Here is an image from an iconic dive site in Grand Cayman. This is yet another of many trips where I never got around to writing up a trip report. My bad. I was fortunate enough to be invited to … Continue reading

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Pic of the Day – Things that make you say Ahhhh…

Fiji is the home of outrageously colourful and lively reefs. This is a wide angle view of the top of a coral bommie – a vertical, slim pinnacle that rises up from the sea floor. In parts of Fiji, these … Continue reading

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Pic of the Day – Red-Lipped Batfish

Friday flew by, and I didn’t find an opportunity to share a funny fish face. So here it is, a day late. And what a very strange fish this is. This species of batfish is specific to the Galapagos Islands. … Continue reading

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Pic of the Day – Soft Coral Crab

Back to the Crabfest, again. There are a lot of strange crustaceans out there, and this is yet another. This little beauty is a Soft Coral Crab (Hoplophrys oatesti). Like its name suggests, it is commonly found on soft corals, … Continue reading

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Pic of the Day – Redline Flabellina Nudibranch

  Yesterday, I opened wide and showed some images of a healthy coral reef grown over a recent lava flow. Today, I am zooming back into something quite teeny – about an inch long. This redline Flabellina Nudibranch (Flabellina rubrolineata) is … Continue reading

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Pic of the Day – Lava Flow

Out of destruction, there is sometimes beauty. This image was captured at Banda Api, in the Banda Sea area of Indonesia. This dive site is aptly named “Lava Flow”. In May 1988, Bandi Api volcano (elevation 640 metres/2100 feet) explosively … Continue reading

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Pic of the Day – Flying Gunard

So I’ll take a break today from the crabby parade, and instead offer up a Friday funny fish face. This creature is a Flying Gunard (Dactyloptena orientalis). It is one of several strange “creeping” fish that can be found in … Continue reading

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Pic of the Day – Orangutan Crab

So by now you might be thinking – whassup with the roll call of crustaceans? Is this chick crabby or what? There is something you might not know about me – I get on a thing (Words With Friends, the … Continue reading

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Pic of the Day – Coral Hermit Crab

Okay, so I am feeling crabby again, even though the biblical rain storm that we woke up to this morning has blown through (literally – huge, gusty winds right now), and the sun has made an appearance. I am crabby … Continue reading

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Pic of the Day – Stonycoral Ghostgoby

So I seem to be on bit of a macro run ;^) I captured this little goby on a trip to the Banda Sea, in Indonesia. When trying to identify it, I had to wade through pages and pages (and … Continue reading

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Pic of the Day – Feeling Crabby

I will admit that I am feeling a bit crabby today. The rains have returned after a blissful stretch of warm and sunny weather here in Vancouver. In the span of a few lovely days, during which our garden literally … Continue reading

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Pic of the Day – Hairy Squat Lobster

Yesterday, I featured an image of a large barrel sponge. Today I share an image of a Hairy Squat Lobster (Lauriea siagiani). These things are quite tiny – about 3/4 inch across its carapace. They are pink in colour, and … Continue reading

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Pic of the Day – Spongeworthy?

Today’s pic is a bigass barrel sponge, taken in the Banda Sea of Indonesia. Sponges are cool things – they grow big (this one was at least four feet tall), and fast, and are host to several little reef critters, … Continue reading

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Pic of the Day – Canoodling Cuttlefish

It’s no secret, I love cuttlefish. I could watch them all day. Inquisitive, seemingly intelligent, quick to colour and pattern change – these are fascinating animals to encounter on a dive. Cuttlefish belong to the same family as octopus and … Continue reading

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Pic of the Day – Balloon Fish

Here’s a cutie for a funny Friday fish face. The image of this Balloon Fish (Diodon holocanthus) was captured in Ambon Harbour, Indonesia. A member of the porcupine fish family, these guys and gals can inflate themselves up into a … Continue reading

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Pic of the Day – Peacock Mantis Shrimp

The Peacock Mantis Shrimp (Odontodactylus scyllarus) packs a heck of a punch. Equipped with a smashing claw – used for breaking shells to eat their inhabitants – these shrimp are more than capable of shattering the macro port of an … Continue reading

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Pic of the Day – Mr G Goes to School

Today’s image was captured at Paseo del Cedral (Cedar Pass) in beautiful Cozumel. There are many lovely sites on Cozumel, but Cedral continues to be one of my favourites, even though I have done many, many dives on it. To … Continue reading

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Pic of the Day – Hairy Frogfish

Now here is a fish you don’t see every day. This weird little frogfish (this one was about 4 inches long) was found on a night dive by eagle-eyed Wendy, one of our regular buddies. It was an awesome find, … Continue reading

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Pic of the Day – Ambon Arch

I captured this image at a site called “The Arch”, on the west side of Ambon Island, in Indonesia. The image was shot with a Tokina 10-17mm lens, fully dialled out at 10mm. It was still fairly early in the … Continue reading

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Pic of the Day – Hammerhead Shark

Today, I offer up a hammerhead shark as Pic of the Day, in honour of the recent CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species) conference decision, at which several species of sharks, including hammerheads, as well as much beloved manta … Continue reading

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