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Etang de Thau - Muck diving a la francaise

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I have spent the last week in the South of France near Montpellier and did four dives in the Etang de Thau. This is a hugely rich environment for macro opportunities with abundant seahorses and species I have never seen before. Thanks to Helene Caillaud for her expert guidance, she spotted a seahorse in less than 20 seconds!. All taken with the D7000 and 60mm EFS macro and some with FIT PRO +5, +8 and +16 diopters.

 

Seahorses

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Pregnant seahorse

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Tiny flabellina nudi laying eggs

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Male and female peacock blennies

 

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These burrowing anemones were everywhere so I spent some time zooming in to the tentacle ends

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Details of the anemone tips

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Lightbulb tunicates

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Wonderful shots, Alex. I would not have guessed that the macro diving was so good there! I would kill to have a seahorse shot like your first one. Also love the nudis and the blennies.

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good job Alex, nice shots

 

The seahorse and peacock blennies are very stunning.

 

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I really like the anemones too. Well observed to find such beauty in something so common.

 

Alex

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Great shots. I had no idea there was good diving around there. Thanks for the heads-up.

-Erwin

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Great shots! I really like the tunicate image.

 

Lee

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Wonderful images Alex. I really like the anemone tips.

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Great shots Alex.

Never heard of "Etang de Thau" but it looks really productive and its relatively close for us.

Am I right "Etang" means lake? Is it saltwater?

 

Andy.

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