Inner garden, Honolulu Internaltion Airport
These wonderful remnants of ancient coral reefs come in all sizes
Many schools of predators, like these Jacks chase after equally large (but much more frantic) schools of prey fish up and down Ulong Channel
Always a little disconcerting when the Shark is closer to you than your dive buddy (you always want your buddy between you and the Shark)
This aptly named critter is the Clown Triggerfish
The crew expected us to pick our own anchors...
Palau's signature fish (to me), the Pyramid Butterflyfish feeds up and down the vertical wall
Disgusted with how all the tourists have trashed the place, our local moves on
These are world famous, world class dive sites; Anyone who gets smitten with scuba divers aspires to come to Palau and hit the big list: Blue Holes, Blue Corner, German Channel, etc. So, do not be surprised when you find the sites like this.dive
All this shot is missing is a Whale Shark fighting the Manta to see who gets cleaned.
Wods fail...The anemone has stinging cells that keep predators away. The Clownfish learns to coat itself with the anemone secretion so that it is not seen as an stranger. The clownfish are very Damsel-ly in defending their turf, and the Anemone ends up getting an extra layer of security.
This guide was on the Fish 'n Fins boat next to us
glassy smooth water
Feather duster still life
An elaborate Nudibranch...How does the Nudibranch get its spots?
Our first dive is at Devilfish City
As with many large ocean denizens, this manta has several Remoras hitching a ride. We have had solo Remoras try to attach to us when they've lost their host! They are very insistent and a bit creepy about the whole thing
Once the manta is cleaned, shined up and on its way, we let loose into the gentle current. We crossed a very large expanse of Table corals. My understanding is that this form of coral evolved as a way to control an area for gathering sunlight while using a minimum of mass to do so. It is the photosynthesizing zooxanthellae symbiotes that live inside the coral polyps that facilitate the calcification that puts the "hard" in "hard coral". So, building coral is work and this clever table design makes most efficient use of the available resources
We took a surface interval at the remains of a WWI era Japanese mining port...now a park
Our second dive is at West Ngeremlengui Channel. This Nudibranch was strolling through a delightful little coral garden
A gnarly old sea fan
One of our favorites! The Arc-eye Hawkfish. A wee little ambush predator who very carefully keeps and eye on passing divers
YAGN (yet another guady Nudibranch)
Marcia found this pipefish out hunting. That is, the pipefish was hunting...no, Marcia was hunting too...okay there were these two critters out hunting and...
The reefs have lips! (well made up ones at that)
Juvenile snapper orbiting a crinoid. We've decide that this fish is the Pacific equivalent of the juvenile Spotted Drum we are so fond of in Bonaire
Crinoid feet...Well, they do walk to and from work every day!
The seemingly clownish fish waits to snatch an unaware passing miniature diver
Find the fish....Leaffish that is
For manual white balance. I just looked for any expanse of white or neutral color and used that. Seems to work, except when it does not! I can get some idea from the viewfinder, but in general, the image looks better there than it does downloaded onto the computer. I am throwing more images out today but got some nice results so that I will continue with the manual; setup. You can see I've also started trying more macro shots...have not figured out why some come out really nice and others not so much
I thought no one had noticed my peeing in my wet suit until I looked over my choulder...
More coral up close and personal
Yet another, maybe about dime sized
You'd miss these drives by diving from a Liveaboard
Then a few dolphins...
Cut little Triggerfish of some sort
Remember, I'm on the surface!
Soft coral detail
Terminally adorable...camera magnets...tough to swim by without at least one snap...
This turtle let me follow him for a long time as she swam in the same direction we were drifting down Ulong Channel
Snorkelling at Lettuce Leaf Cove, I saw this Porcupine fish back under an overhang and just stuck the camera in and hoped for the best. I believe that is an EIght-stripped Butterfly fish in front, even though I can count only six stripes (Earlier Connie claimed she could only count 7 stripes on an adult...)
After our second snorkel, we were planning to kayak. But then we decided that in the time remaining we'd rather snorkel some more instead of kayaling. Sadly the kayaks had already been offloaded from the big boat and rather than take the time to re-stow them aboard our guide decided to rope them all together and tow them to the nexzt snorkel site. Of course Ella volunteered to ride herd on them with our guide's help. At one point the line between the first and second kayak in the train broke when the big boat went too fast.