Mike Bryant's Dive Trips, Photo Galleries

Spinecheek Anemonefish

Skunk Anemonefish

False Clown

Anemonefish. The family

home

False Clown

Anemonefish

False Clown

Anemonefish

Robust Ghost Pipefish

pair, the female is the

larger one, about three

inches long.

Robust Ghost Pipefish

Halimeda Ghost Pipefish

Halimeda Ghost Pipefish,

it's mimicking the

Halimeda seaweed

behind it as camouflage

Ornate Ghost Pipefish

Ornate Ghost Pipefish

Jellyfish Carry Crab. It

has adapted hind legs

and this one carries

Upsidedown Jellyfish to

conceal itself, other

species carry urchins or

pieces of sponge.

Decorator Crab

Bubble Coral Shrimp

Huge "Spanish Dancer"

nudibranch, at least 12

inches long, most are a

couple of inches or way

less.

"Spanish Dancer"

nudibranch

And a little Emperor

Shrimp, living on the

nudibranch

Emperor Shrimp

Day Octopus, the largest

and most commonly seen

reef octopus, seen during

the day (figures!) which

is unusual for what is

normally a night animal

Day Octopus

Marbled Ray--this was

massive, at least five feet

wide

Swirling schools of

juvenile fish

Barracuda

Barracuda

Anthias on coral head

Schooling Jacks

Schooling Jacks

Fire Dart Goby

Panda Butterflyfish

Humphead Bannerfish

Threadfin Butterflyfish

Coral Grouper

Regal Angelfish

Emporor Angelfish

Yellowmask Angelfish

Six Banded Angelfish

Spotted Sweetlips with

cleaner wrasse

Spotted Sweetlips with

cleaner wrasse

Striped Sweetlips

Shortnose Hawkfish,

found worldwide in

temperate water

Whitespotted Hawkfish

Whitespotted Hawkfish

Slender Grouper

Longfin Spadefish

Longfin Spadefish

Longfin Spadefish

Longfin Spadefish with

cleaner wrasse

Map Pufferfish

Map Pufferfish

Soft Corals and Sponges

Seafans

Soft and hard corals, top

of the reef

Seawhips

Seafans

Seafans

Seafans

Seafans

Seafans

The fantastic numbers of

swirling juvenile fish that

live in the seafans and

corals

Juvenile fish

Juvenile fish

Juvenile fish

Humphead Wrasse

Humphead Wrasse--big

about three feet

Manta Ray--about 12 feet

wide

Manta Ray

Manta Ray

Moray Eel

Stonefish--a lurking

ambusher. It's the size of

a football and pretty

much a huge mouth that 

can devour anything

smaller that swims too

close.

Stonefish. Tough to

photograph. There's a

huge vertical mouth and

an eye here. Barely

discernible as they just

blend into the

background.  Venomous

spines on the back have

caused deaths.

Frogfish, another

ambush lurker.

Frogfish, can just open

mouth and inhale what

swims by.

Crocodile fish. Another

bottom dwelling

ambusher.

Crocodile fish

Tasseled Wobbegong

Shark. The ultimate large

ambush predator.  The

"beard" blurs it into the

background

This one is about six feet. 

Pretty much as big as

they get.  On my wish list

for years!

Tasseled Wobbegong,

Also known as "Carpet

Sharks". Fringed, lay flat

on the bottom, don't

move much...

Tasseled Wobbegong

Tasseled Wobbegong.

The mouth is at least two

feet wide

Raja Ampat, January 2016.

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Not the easiest of places to get to, the Raja Ampat area is in the western part of Papua

province, Indonesia. We were back again on the wonderful Mermaid 1, (our Komodo

trip live aboard) departing from the port of Sorong.

The area has astonishing amounts of  life, huge schools of fish, both very big and very

small juveniles. There are areas with strong currents that help nurture huge sea fans

and  vibrant corals, the  underwater scenery is stunning, as are the hundreds of

islands and  rocky outcrops that we passed thru. It's certainly a place thats been on

our wish list for a long time and an area we will be revisiting.

For me, the  highlight was finally getting to see the fantastical Tasseled Wobbegong

shark thats found here and around Australia. The name comes from an Aboriginal

word that means "beard" and you can certainly see why when you look at the photos.

It's an ambush hunter that lurks at the bottom but can open it's mouth wide and

inhale anything thats close enough, it's astonishingly fast for a big fish!

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