Underwater time

From now on I’ve decided to bring two underwater cameras in case one dies.  They have gotten inexpensive enough that they’re almost like consumables and I’m happy if I get over a year of heavy use from one.  Our first trip underwater was in a favorite spot that always delivers crystal clear waters.

I came across this shy goldentail eel with his pretty blue eye ring peeking out from an old elkhorn reef.   

As I was taking photos of some Christmastree hydroids for the holiday season, movement in a nearby hole caught my eye.  


I was excited to find this new little 3/4" blenny.  He was small and I didn’t recognize the features.  

Photos revealed his cute little overbite resembling the combtooth blennies and I was able to identify him as a pearl blenny.  This was a first for me and supposedly an uncommon or unusual sighting.  This one was much smaller than its reported size of 2-3”, so may have been a juvenile.

Christmastree worms are also in the spirit of the season!

On another windy day, I dropped in on a small reef in a common anchorage area in the lee of the islands.  There are always cleaner shrimp living in the anemones around here; this must be a common stop for passing fish to find cleaning stations.   The Pederson shrimp are often berried and I was also happy to come across a wiggly squat shrimp.

The spotted cleaner shrimp was living in a bed of bright orange warty corallimorphs.  These were here last year, but have expanded quite a bit.  I even caught one in the process of opening, perhaps just after attaching to the old reef beds and a window into how they spread their colonies.  Warty corallimorphs are so beautiful, but often difficult to photograph due to their ornate intricacies.

Needless to say, it has been fun to visit our fish friends again, although I wouldn’t consider the lion fish a friend since he eats baby fish...  

We’ve checked out a few more places where we know there are deeper coral heads (for the Bahamas) and flowing sand gardens with Mermaid’s tea cups.

I never tire of floating around in admiration of the amazing shapes and colors in nature.

© M&M 2016