photos taken on a single breath, using natural light
Red algae for dinner tonight. ;)
Water & Light
A freediver's last bubbles escape as he waits for rescue.
Pelagic Jellyfish, Backlit
A rare and special encounter.
Pelagic Jelly Portrait
School of Surgeons
A school of orange spine unicorn fish at Molokini Crater, a Marine Preserve.
Major Bleaching event
The coral at Molokini isn't doing so well.
A little yawn from this lady while relaxing on the bottom.
Pantropical spotted dolphins playing around.
Pantropical Spotted Dolphin
A quick and playful spotted dolphin makes a close pass.
The eyes have it.
A harlequin shrimp hides in the reef as a fish peeks out above.
Making the rounds
A pair of manta rays slowly circle as they get cleaned.
A backlit shot of a manta ray making the rounds at the cleaning station.
A turtle rests in the sand while catching some rays.
Honu taking a breath woth Maui behind.
Here's looking at you
A sea turtle sees its reflection in my camera dome.
A spotted eagle ray hunting at 40 feet with a saddle wrasse in tow.
Purple People Eater
A rare deep water jellyfish pulses over the flat reef 1/4 mile offshore on a clear sunny day.
Large diameter tentacles or "dreadlocks" accompany this jelly with typically a purple bell and small fish living inside it, just not this one.
That face tho
Closeup of a Hawaiian Monk Seal. Once in a lifetime encounter!
Whale over under
A baby humpback comes close by and surfaces to check me out when I'm on my kayak.
Look at that face!
Juvenile Humpback Whale swims by while I'm in my kayak taking pictures.
A rare and critically endangered Hawaiian Monk Seal comes out of a cave for some air.
Sandscreen Stout Moray
A stout moray eel peeks out from under some coral as the sand gets stirred up.
Spotted Eagle Ray and Wreck
The Carthaginian shipwreck on a heavy current day with and eagle ray gliding along.
Spots or Circles?
This larger ray had what looked like poorly drawn circles instead of spots. Pretty cool.
Sandy Eagle Ray
This one must have been playing in the sand and it is missing all of its tail. Visibility was particularly good that day.
Love that view
A spotted eagle ray sways its wings to glide along as I barely miss it tail.
A spotted Eagle Ray glides near the surface on a glassy morning giving an amazing reflection.
Side view spotted eagle ray
An eagle ray swims near the surface reflecting some beauty back.
No, don't go.
Usually during mating season a female spotted eagle ray is pursued by one or more males and swims near the surface to avoid them.
The chase is on
Spotted eagle ray mating can be fairly quick and rough with a lot of chasing beforehand.
This Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle was badly inundated with tumors caused by fibropapillomatosis. Blind in one eye and going blind in the other.
Sunburst Honu and Snorkeler
A silhouette style shot with enough clarity to light the underside as well.
A serious looking male sea turtle kicks up some sand with its front flippers and settles in for cover.
Resting on the reef
A Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle rests on a rocky reef in Honolua Bay.
This male Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle had almost 10 barnacles on various parts of himself.
A clear day and a chill turtle made for a good shot. This a a female because her tail is short.
Hide and go Seek full color
Hide and go Seek
Most cephalopods, including octopus, are colorblind.
Posing Pennant Butterflyfish
As if posing almost all the fish turn sideways for me.
A yellow margin spanish dancer sways in the water to move.
Oriental Flying Gurnard
Its pectoral fins are used to make it look big but aren't really used to fly. It does help them glide really well.
One of the largest species of moray eel in Hawaii, its name "puhi paka" means "fierce eel".