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  1. Hi there, Weird critters are what keep diving so much fun. I think the moray is a very pale Purplemouth moray. You don't say how big it was, so if it was a juvenile, this might make sense. The golden eyes are a clue. The anemone is a club-tipped anemone: Telmatactis americana. The crab looks more like a decorator than a hermit, but no clue. The hermit looks again like a juvenile; the purple legs are unusual, though. The blenny in the sponge is tough because of the lighting. The juvenile is one I'm trying to figure out too...just saw several in Belize. Cheers, Marli
  2. Looks like a Bridled jawfish. Opistognathus nigromarginatus. http://www.fishbase.org/Summary/SpeciesSum...nigromarginatus Marli
  3. Great macro shots, James! If you figure out what juvenile DSC_4063.jpg is, I'd love to know. I have the same critter from Belize a few weeks ago. Marli
  4. Ok, I think I've got it. Yellowpatch razorfish. The photo on Fishbase is from a preserved specimen, so it's all pale. Here's the description though, and it seems to match: "Identified by the thin but distinct blue line from the front of the eye to end of mouth and large individuals by the black elongate spot at the end of the anal fin (Ref. 48636). " Xyrichtys melanopus Cheers, Marli
  5. It's a razorfish, (Xyrichtys sp.), but the colours and markings (especially the black blotch) don't match anything I have in books. Marli
  6. There are tons of different dragonets on Fishbase.org, with few photos. Here's one that fits the photo, as best as I can see it. http://www.fishbase.org/Photos/PicturesSum...25&what=species Could be a Threadfin dragonet: Callionymus filamentosus, which gets up to 20cm in length. The other possibility is a Delicate dragonet, which is a much smaller species:Callionymus delicatulus. It only grows up to 6 cm., so if your critter is larger, the former id may answer your question. Marli
  7. What was the size? If a juvenile, the pectorals often have these rays. In Leiske and Myers, it looks most like your guess Pterois mombasae with less prominent spots than in the illustration. Range says north to Sri Lanka, and east to PNG, so although at the northern extreme, seems possible. Marli
  8. The closest I can find is the Largenose boxfish, which is uncommon, and found off East Africa. Rhynchostacion rhynorhynchus. Still appears to have growths, though. Marli
  9. Nicely composed. Try to focus on the eyes: they look a little soft on 1 and 3. Marli
  10. The blue line on the margin is pretty definitive of Glossodoris cincta. This is a small photo file, but have a look. Cheers, Marli
  11. Just noticed that Dr. Bill Rudman has resumed posting messages on the Slug Forum. (Hurray!) He requests that people NOT send in photos for ID at this time. Cheers, Marli
  12. I understand your frustration with the lack of email response. They don't reply to the info@aquatica.ca address. Phone. It's the only way to get through. Communication is a disappointing issue lately. It has nothing to do with Canadian holidays, alas. Marli Wakeling
  13. Looks like a type of Spondylus, or Thorny oyster. Perhaps Spondylus squamosus. Coral Reef Animals of the Indo-Pacific states it "can be recognized by its grey mantle with black lines", and that "the shell has white spines with black markings on the inner side and basally". Its range includes PNG and Indonesia, so it's a possibility.
  14. Well, for my 2 cents worth, why not go to Bali and beyond? Considering that Bali is one of the most romantic spots on earth, and culturally fascinating, I'm sure your wife would apprciate it. Diving can be quite fabulous, especially for macro. Don't count on large critters, however. Tulamben and Amed are my favorites, but Amed is best to dive in July and August. Mimpi is a good place to stay. ENA dive center has been around for years, and they will build a custom package for you, as long as there are two persons. We had our own car and guide. Nusa Penida can be challenging due to current, but friends that went last November saw a dozen mantas at Manta Point. If you are willing to take a chance on Merpati (don't get to the airport too early...your stuff will be on the bottom of the trolley, and may not make the flight, even with paying excess baggage and bribing the baggage handler!), there is some fabulous diving to be had around Alor Island, near Timor. Liveaboard is the only comfortable option. I went with Grand Komodo, with a rustic boat, but very reasonable. There are other high end operations that go there. too.
  15. Hi there, It's a Chromodoris coi, all right. There is substantial variation in this species. Some have dots around the mantel, some have "orangey" dots inside the wavy line. Marli
  16. Okey dokey, I finally got this darned housing fixed (lucky you Craig, that's a whole other story); your wife should hug you and I'm experimenting with my 60mm macro lens. I was aware I couldn't get 1:1 with it underwater, but I'm not even getting close to 1:1.5...is this usual, or is it because I had the limit button on? I can't imagine going through the whole range of the lens in our less than bright B.C. conditions. I have a new 105mm, and probably with my penchant for the puny, it will end up my lens of choice,or maybe one of those 200mm cannons is a better idea. I'm used to close up in with coat hangers sticking in their faces...(framers) I want teeny..1:1 minimum, smaller than that, better. Any ideas?
  17. Wrong ocean. Looked like a juvenile Highhat to me. There's apparently one in this area called a Gungo highhat. Fishbase only has an image of an adult. Scientific name, Pareques viola. Cheers, Marli
  18. Hi Wetpixelians, I am a neophyte when it comes to web design, and don't want to go into learning html...I'd rather spend my time underwater than in front of a computer! I have created a simple website using Publisher for the home page and Photoshop 7 for creating web galleries. Problem is, the galleries are a dead end, in terms of navigation, as there is no way, that I can tell, to ad a link back to the home page. Anyone have any simple ideas that don't involve masses of cash and a brain transplant that will enable me to make the link back to the home page or between pages, which of course, would be even better? Marli
  19. We have a few fish up north in BC that have a similar effect, of which the most familiar is a Red Irish Lord. Some fish have more colouration than others. I have a similar shot of a Balloonfish eye with none of the colour effect (darn!). I have heard it is a type of naturally occuring bacteria that cause it, but that may be just diver tales! I have attached one of these to show the similarity. Marli
  20. Well, I thought it might be a juvenile Giant moray, Gymnothorax javanicus, but they apparently have rows of dark spots. It looks a bit like a Yellow margined moray, but their eyes are orange. The striking white markings around the mouth are distinctive, and look like a Freckled Moray, Gymnothorax fuscomaculatus, in Leiske and Myers, but the colour is a bit off...however their illustrations are paintings, and can differ a bit. This critter's range includes the Phillipines, and gets no larger than 20cm. There seems to be a white spot on the tail in your photo...maybe damage, but do you have any photos which include the tail? Some morays colour patterns differ farther back on the body. Fishbase has this photo: http://www.fishbase.org/Summary/SpeciesSum...=fuscomaculatus Marli
  21. They are probably a siphonophore. Here's an orange one (although they're usually colourless. http://oceanexplorer.noaa.gov/explorations...dia/orange.html Siphonophores are cosmopolitan, and there are about 150 species around the world. They are carnivores, but on the puny animals.We get them here in BC in the summer and fall, when the waters are merely chilly rather than bloody cold.
  22. If you are on an international ticket, it is no problem, if you are combining with a ticket on points, make sure the airlines have your connecting ticket number. However, there is only 1 carry-on allowed, which is rigidly enforced. They may weigh it. ( 4-5 kilos only: eek). I found it very efficient, with no problems, either direction. Marli
  23. They looked like sennets to me also, but sennets do not have gold markings...this looks in Humann's Reef Fish ID book like Guaguanache, Sphyraena guachancho, and the locale seems appropriate. Cheers, Marli
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    It seems to working now for me, which is the first time in ages... Marli
  25. Hi, Rather than identify all of these critters, I'll suggest a resource (and check out the tread on Critter Resources as well, for more). Everthing in your photos can be found in Paul Humann's series of ID books. For a less expensive option, try Greenburg's Guide to Corals & Fishes of Florida, the Bahamas, and the Caribbean. The only thing missing, from the latter, of course are the invertebrates. You'll get so much more out of your snorkeling if you know what you're looking at. I'm sure everyone would be happy to help with things that you're unable to figure out. One at a time will probably get a better response than a bunch at one time. I'll give you one ID: the little black fishes are Red Lipped blennies, or Ophioblennius atlanticus, which are commonly found in shallow waters.
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