Mike Bryant's Dive Trips, Photo Galleries

Dawn, Komodo Island

Traditional sailboat

Our untraditional and

certainly more

comfortable ride.

At the dock, Komodo

ranger station.

Dragons on Komodo

Rinca Island, Horseshoe

Bay.

The color of these Rinca

dragons looks different

to the ones on Komodo.

And they swim.

Sungeang Volcano,

erupting.

Sungeang, underwater

volcanic vents. Note the

sulfur on the seafloor.

Barrel sponges. I seldom

get to shoot big wide

angle subjects, need

clear water and good

sunlight above.

Colorful crinoids.

Giant clam, about 2 feet

long, surrounded by

corals

Giant Manta

Hawksbill Sea Turtle

Ribbon Sweetlips

Juvenile catfish school

A mass of juvenile

somethings!

Common Lionfish

Spotfin Lionfish

Shortfin Lionfish

Shortfin Lionfish, color

variant

Spiny Devilfish

Scorpionfish. The normal

coloration.

Scorpionfish, unusual

color variant, matching

its surroundings.

Razorfish

Humbugs, named after a

black and white British

candy.

Chromis

Redspotted Pygmygoby,

left and Comical Blennie

on right

Midas Blennie. Color

variable

Midas Blennie. In their

hole, the coloration is like

this.

Blackspotted Puffer

Whitespotted Puffer

Sixbanded Angelfish

Yellowmask Angelfish

Bluegirdled Angelfish

Regal Angelfish

Emporor Angelfish

Sea Lily, crinoid relative

Colonial Tunicates

Candycane

Seacucumber, about 16

inches

Yellow Seacucumber,

about 2 inches

Yellow Seacucumber,

color variant

Red Seaapple (also a

seacucumber), about the

size of an apple.

Flatworm

Nudibranch, Dark Margin

Glossodoris

Nudibranch, Funeral

Jorunna

Nudibranch,

Chromodoris

Nudibranch, Nembrotha

Nudibranch, feeding on

stinging hydroids

Nudibranch, Risbeccia

Nudibranch,

Hypselodoris

Nudibranch, Glossodoris

Nudibranch, Nembrotha

Komodo, Indonesia. August 2014, daytime

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Komodo has been on the "must do" list for years and this trip did not disappoint.

Scenic cruising around thousands of islands, an erupting volcano (Sungeang),

traditional wooden sailing boats-- and a huge variety of dives.

We were on the Mermaid 1 which left from Bali--a live-aboard dive boat with

capacious cabins, great crew and food. The diving was warm tropical waters in the

north and surprisingly cool in the south, drifts in raging open water currents or

sheltered in calm coves. Both provided new and interesting critters. And of course, the

Komodo "dragons" (actually a huge variant of  the monitor lizard) were as expected.

Big! The  Dragons are on Komodo and Rinca islands between the Indian Ocean and

the Flores Sea. We were East of the Wallace Line, the biological divide between Asian

and Australian species, named after Alfred Russel Wallace, a naturalist from

Victorian times sadly less well known than his contemporary, Charles Darwin. The

dragons are descendants of an Australian animal. And a Google search of "Wallace

Line" is fascinating.

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