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bella

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  1. I have a book from 2003 with this one in it which is undescribed. Synchiropus sp. with the same eye markings, the appendage above the eye (which I have never noticed in other Dragonet species) marbling, etc...of course they are going to be very variable depending on the location, time of day, what they eat...etc.... I think I took pictures of the same one or in the same area and if it was the same dive, I thought it was odd the male was so brightly "lit up" for the middle of the day.
  2. At Disaster Bay (Garry's name) you can find three different types up in the shallows (6m depth) the yellow/blue striped the lady bugs and the black yellow spotted. But, they aren't highly concentrated like they are at Yellow wall. The ones at Castle rock were the ladybugs, but also highly concentrated on some things, like sponges with nudi's.
  3. Thanks Tony. We missed you on this trip.
  4. Beangabang was AWESOME Tony....where were you????
  5. I almost cut it, but then I couldn't have named the nudi I found on the last the day the Hairy Garry. It does resemble him, no? So, I'm glad I didn't give it the chop.
  6. He is a superb spotter! Made me cross-eyed on more than one dive finding stuff so small I simply couldn't see it, much less identify it as some kind of animal. I would really love to dive the Maumere harbor for a few days, but there were too many boats on the dock and an Indonesian Navy ship to dive much more than in front of the fish market.
  7. I found this nudi at around 12m (35 ft) depth on the island of Sangeang, Indonesia at the divesite Hot Rocks. Its size is probably around 2 to 5 cm long. I'm thinking it's likely a Phestilla. In this small area of reef I found at least 10 individuals, but most of them were tightly clustered together feeding and/or laying eggs on their hard coral host. I haven't found it in any ID books that I've had available and I can't find it on Seaslugforum (which is inactive anyway) any ideas? if an ID can be made of the hard coral from these images, that would be handy too. Two different shots of individuals: A closer shot of one of the clusters: Eggs:
  8. Pass the koolaid... Here's another girlie that loves the Shearwater experience. Before I went on my first trip I read through a lot of reports and exchanged mails with several women asking about their experiences on a boat that's so small and attracts mostly men I would hope that anyone considering a trip on the Shearwater would ask a lot of questions before booking so as not to be surprised. It's small, cramped, untidy, smelly, and there is no way to avoid stubbing toes, shins, or knees. I wasn't excited about the bathroom situation, but it turned out not to bother me. The only time the food has really disturbed me is when someone mixed M&M's and Skittles. I'm sorry to hear you had a bad trip Diane, hopefully your next diving adventure will be better.
  9. Thanks for that pic Bruce! I remember that moment well, in fact I'm still walking with a slight limp as a result... j/k...of course
  10. Kleurgamma has always produced great quality prints. For specialists in REAL BIG printing ( perhaps more than you had in mind ) SColor is the one.
  11. Oh yeah, happy birthday stranger.
  12. Your second image is beautiful and serene. I really like it. Well done on the rays.
  13. Well, it is compact. Perhaps a little awkward tho.
  14. Cor and I use the Tokina with the 15mm extension ring and the FE2 Dome. Looking at this chart: http://www.subal.com/en/portselection/lens...?markennummer=3 The 16mm doesn't need any extension or diopters.
  15. Funny...I use MAC and never found anything but the foundation to be long lasting. Wait, am I on wetpixel or make up alley?
  16. Waffling aside Dan..... To the one part of your post that was relevant : I disagree. For one thing, dolphins have never ever been portrayed in the media as human hunters. Quite the opposite, in fact. Displaying images of finned shark carcasses or sharks caught in nets may or may not elicit a strong reaction to protect sharks. I've showed my own mother images of finned shark carcasses and she had no reaction at all. She didn't know just by looking at the image what process was involved in killing the shark. She's not the only non diving person I know who has had a similarly disinterested reaction. So, I don't agree that images of dead sharks without education will necessarily garner more support. Furthermore, not all blood and gore campaigns to educate are successful. Especially not about a species that has been portrayed by the media for so long as "the only thing in the water that's going to kill us!" I firmly feel that an educational campaign backed by images and video of sharks as they are, and not as toothy man eating machines will engender a more positive reaction.
  17. Welcome Heidi! Another femme fatal is always a good thing
  18. Great work Chris! Makes me want to jump onboard tomorrow. I saw you in the vid, but missed lovely Gak! You kept her behind the camera the whole time??
  19. I'm personally more drawn to images like Alex's lone shark on the sand or the Oceanic Whitetip on the cover of WPQ or Bruce's Cheshire cat grin or even Eric's breech sequence. Lemon and Greatwhite jaws are an adrenalin rush to take, but I'm not nearly drawn into those images. I don't think it would help any shark conservation campaign to have a bloody, gaping mouthed Lemon shark as a mascot. It does play into the whole idea that this mouth full of razor sharp teeth are going to jump out of the water one summer day and bite my leg off. It's hard to say whether we should stop taking these kinds of images or what the purpose of those kinds of images should be. But, I do think there are plenty of compelling, emotionally stirring images of sharks that should be used to campaign the truth about their lives and precarious position.
  20. Sharkfin soup consumption is based on status. Serving it at a wedding banquet establishes you as prosperous and willing to spare no expense. The price of Viagra will not change that.
  21. That is a gorgeous fish and a great capture.
  22. Looks like Glossodoris cincta. See more pics and info at seaslugforum. How odd, I didn't see any replies to this post when I started to reply...
  23. I was certified there when I was 17 in 1987. In Gatun lake.. Can't remember much...but no one ever asks about Panama. So, perhaps Luiz will reply soon about his time there.
  24. Thanks Mark! Yay for me then.
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