Mike Bryant's Dive Trips, Photo Galleries

Rainforest

Emerald Pool

Flamboyant Tree

Schooling Grunts under

Dive Dominica dock.

"Champagne" dive site

with bubbling volcanic

vents.

Hawksbill turtle.

Hawksbill turtle.

Longspine Squirrelfish.

Longjaw Squirrelfish.

Blackbar Soldierfish.

Balloonfish. They inflate

themselves if attacked.

Balloonfish, when they

inflate the spines make

them an unpalatable

meal.

Trumpetfish.

Whitespotted Filefish

Peacock Flounder.

Lesser Electric Ray, can

deliver a mild shock.

Shortnose Batfish.

Certainly up there in

natures oddities.

Shortnose Batfish.

Longlure Frogfish.

Longlure Frogfish.

Sharknose Gobies.

Spinyhead Blenny.

Spinyhead Blenny. 

Small, maybe an inch

showing here.

White Nose Pipefish.

These swim on the

bottom.

Longsnout Seahorse.

Swim but can use tail to

attach themselves.

Pipehorse. A pipefish

with seahorse type tail.

This one is attached to a

piece of brown seaweed.

Maybe three inches long.

Pipehorse. It's covered

with algae and also

taking on the color of the

seaweed as camouflage.

Lettuce Seaslug. About 2

inches long.

Lettuce Seaslug. Many

color variants.

Black Spotted Sea

Goddess nudibranchs.

Each is about 3/8 inch

long.

Magnificent Feather

Duster worm.  These are

the visible parts that

comb the water for food.

This one is about two

inches wide.

Magnificent Feather

Duster worm, they create

tubes to live in and

retract into them for

protection.

Social Feather Duster

Worms.  Each about 1/2

inch.

Social Feather Duster

Worms, many color

variants.

Christmas Tree Worms,

these are the feeding

parts. They will retract

almost instantly into their

tube if disturbed.

Christmas Tree Worm

"tube". Note the spike

they create for their tube

homes. Fish won't be

attacking after running

into this.

Christmas Tree Worms.

Many color variants,

about the size of a

thimble.

Christmas Tree Worms.

Little female Red Banner

Blenny lower left.

Christmas Tree Worms.

Christmas Tree Worms.

Christmas Tree Worms.

Photobomb by

Spinyhead Blenny lower

left. The Blennies inhabit

defunct wormholes.

Christmas Tree Worms.

Muller's Sea Pansy, a

kind of anemone, about

two inches wide.

Golden Crinoid. There's a

little Arrow Crab

underneath it.

Giant Anemone. Note the

tiny Squat Anemone

Shrimp living with it.

Squat Anemone Shrimp--

about 3/8th inch.

Squat Anemone Shrimp.

Banded Clinging Crab,

also lives under Giant

Anemone. About 1 inch.

Banded Clinging Crab.

Covered with algae as

camouflage.

Bumblebee Shrimp. Tiny,

size of a matchead.

Pedersens Cleaning

Shrimp. living in

Corkscrew Anemone. 1

inch.

Spotted Cleaner Shrimp.

1 inch. Cleaner shrimp

remove parasites from

fish and other animals.

Spotted Cleaner Shrimp.

Sun Anemone Shrimp. 1

inch.

Sun Anemone Shrimp.

Banded Coral Shrimp.

About 2 inches, found in

tropical waters

worldwide.

Scarlet Striped Cleaner

Shrimp.

Scarlet Striped Cleaner

Shrimp, at work on a

spotted Moray Eel.

Scarlet Striped Cleaner

Shrimp.

Sharptail Eel, three feet

long.

Long Spined Sea Biscuit,

a sea urchin that buries

itself in sand.

Long Spined Sea Biscuit,

burying itself.

Nimble Spray Crabs,

hiding under Long

Spined Sea Urchin.

Mole Crab, a sand

dweller. I had about one

second to shoot this

before it reburied itself.

Swimming Crab.

Yellowline Arrow Crab.

About three inches wide.

Gaudy Clown Crab--tiny,

1/4 inch across.

Sponge Crab, they cut off

and carry small pieces of

sponge to camouflage

themselves.

Sponge Crab

Channel Clinging Crab,

big, at least two feet

across the claws. Night

dive.

Hairy Clinging Crab, in a

sponge. Note the

Yellowline Arrowcrab top

right for size comparison.

Redhair Swimming Crab,

about an inch, hiding in

sponge.

Common Octopus, these

inhabit reef crevices.

Atlantic Longarm

Octopus, bury

themselves in sand. This

was a fantastic daytime

find.

Atlantic Longarm

Octopus, these are

thought to mimic bony,

unappetizing flatfish

when they scoot along

the bottom.

Atlantic Longarm

Octopus. Similar to the

Pacific Mimic Octopus.

Atlantic Longarm

Octopus, burying itself.

Atlantic Longarm

Octopus, they can

change color as well.

Sculptured Slipper

Lobster, night dive.

Spotted Spiny Lobster,

night dive.

Spotted Spiny Lobster.

Red Banded Lobster.

First dive on the first day,

a great find at 45 feet.

Usually a deep reef

creature, last one I saw

was in St Vincent at 150+

depth.

Red Banded Lobster.

Normally a deep reef

animal, look at the size of

the eyes.

Dominica, 2015

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Aptly named "The Nature Island", Dominica is a volcanic formation in the eastern

Caribbean on the border of the Atlantic Ocean. There are 365 rivers and streams, lush

rainforest above and some fantastic diving below. We stayed at  Castle Comfort

Lodge, just south of Roseau and they have an onsite dive operation, Dive Dominica,

with a variety of boats and great guides.  There was a wide range of  types of dive,  big

scenic sites on the Atlantic side (only diveable when the conditions are right) and

wonderful small crittery things that lurk in the sand and seagrass at sites like

Champagne (underwater volcanic bubbling vents).  Imran Pacquette  at Dive

Dominica is a terrific  guide for finding these oddities.

It's certainly a place we will go back to. Castle Comfort Lodge and the dive operation

were perfect for our needs.

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