The Lembeh Strait, North Sulawesi, Indonesia (also, St. Elsewhere, in the Caribbean) “Reef Squid“ Squid are ubiquitous in every ocean. On the reef, they are seldom seen alone. Usually, divers and snorkelers will notice a line stretching down the reef — squid all arranged facing the same direction, moving easily along the contour of the […]
(Two underwater images of Zebra Lionfish.) Probably my favorite lionfish in the Lembeh Strait was the small zebra lionfish. Shades of red, salmon-pink, and orange are striped with white and the fish’s fins are webbed, with spines that do not protrude very far. The overall effect is a beautiful, brightly colored orange and red fan near the dull, black sand bottom. It is often seen holding station or slowly crawling along the bottom using the hooked spines on the bottom of its fins.
(Underwater photo of a pair of orange skunk anemonefish.) I love anemonefish. These orange skunk anemonefish were the brightest, cleanest color I’d seen. Their home, a brown anemone, really offset and complimented the color of the fish.
Peering into the depression, I saw a red robust ghost pipefish. As I watched, the small ghost pipefish moved over a hydroid branch, moving in to the side of the small depression where he was hiding.
(Underwater photo of a yellow moray eel surrounded by several types of shrimp.) I got down near the sandy bottom to approach the coral head, then looked up into a crevice in the rock. Inside, a yellow moray eel was watching me. The many different types of shrimp around seemed to have eyes only for the eel.