Mike Bryant's Dive Trips, Photo Galleries

Morning

Flamboyant Tree

Rainforest, mostly gone

after Maria

Rainforest

The Emerald Pool

Village of Soufriere by

Scotts Head, wiped out

by Maria

Scotts Head Point, above

the water

Scotts Head Point, below.

Wonderful sponge

formations

Reef and sponges, Scotts

Head Point

Reef and sponges, Scotts

Head Point

Reef and sponges, Scotts

Head Point

Reef and sponges, Scotts

Head Point

Barrel Sponge with

Brown Chromis fish

Barrel Sponge with

Brown Chromis fish

Schooling Grunts (they

can make a grunting

sound).

Schooling Grunts

Schooling Grunts

"Champagne" dive site

with bubbling volcanic

vents.

Hawksbill turtle.

Hawksbill turtle.

Barred Hamlet

Banded Butterflyfish

Banded Butterflyfish

Spotted Drum juvenile

Spotted Drum adult

Longspine Squirrelfish.

Longjaw Squirrelfish.

Blackbar Soldierfish.

Spotted Trunkfish

Balloonfish. They inflate

themselves if attacked.

Balloonfish, when they

inflate the spines make

them an unpalatable

meal.

Trumpetfish.

Trumpetfish

Whitespotted Filefish

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.

Ocellated Frogfish

Sharknose Gobies.

Arrow Blenny. They swim

with the tail "cocked" so

they can just straighten it

out to escepe.

Spinyhead Blenny.

Spinyhead Blenny. 

Small, maybe an inch

showing here.

Pike Blenny. Look

closely, there are two of

them

Pike Blennies, male in

hole

Longsnout Seahorse.

Swim but can use tail to

attach themselves.

Longsnout Seahorse,

colors vary

Longsnout Seahorse

White Nose Pipefish.

These swim on the

bottom.

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.

Giant Anemone. Note the

tiny Squat Anemone

Shrimp living with it.

Squat Anemone Shrimp--

about 3/8th inch.

Squat Anemone Shrimp.

Whip Coral Shrimp, tiny,

less then half inch

Bumble Bee Shrimp, tiny,

matchead size

Bumble Bee Shrimp, on a

sea cucumber

Bumble Bee Shrimp

Spotted Cleaner Shrimp.

1 inch. Cleaner shrimp

remove parasites from

fish and other animals.

Spotted Cleaner Shrimp

Spotted Cleaner Shrimp.

Sun Anemone Shrimp. 1

inch.

Sun Anemone Shrimp

Sun Anemone Shrimp.

Banded Coral Shrimp.

About 2 inches, found in

tropical waters

worldwide.

Pedersens Cleaning

Shrimp. living in

Corkscrew Anemone. 1

inch.

Dominica, before hurricane Maria. An

update.

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UPDATE FROM 2017. Just a few weeks after our July 2017 trip to Dominica, the island

was devastated by the direct landfall of  Category 5 Hurricane Maria. Farms, fields,

forests, buildings, roads, water, power were just wiped away. The two places we had

stayed, Castle Comfort Lodge (2015) and Fort Young Hotel (2017) suffered major

damage and will try to fully re-open in 2018. These photos are from both trips. The

beautiful sponge formations at Scotts Head Point are from 2017, they are shallow and

hopefully have survived.  We want to get back there again and see how the

underwater features have fared.  The rainforest referred to below has been

obliterated over most of the island.

THE ORIGINAL 2015 POSTING. 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.   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).

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