I am a marine biologist and enthusiast of all things oceanic. Whether snorkeling, diving, surfing, or sailing, I'm always excited to get in the water. I learned to dive in the beautiful waters of a Fijian lagoon, on Gau Island. Since then, my diving has taken me from cenotes in the Mexican Riviera Maya to the frigid waters off Rhode Island. I've found that no matter where you dive, there exists a separate and fascinating universe just under the surface.
Some fish look like drifting pieces of seaweed. Some fish look like chunks of rough coral. But only one fish looks like a strange alien ready for a night on the town.
These little fish and their clients are a textbook example of mutualism in all its glory.
We've all seen pictures of this fish in dive shops and nature shows, but do we really know it?
As they mature, some fish radically change in appearance. One particularly striking example is the semicircle angelfish.
This big, long fish is more than just a scary face.
The Rockmover (or Dragon) Wrasse is a beautiful fish with a unique method for finding a meal.
Art imitates life. Take a look at this beautiful reef resident.
Most people will tell you that unicorns don’t exist; but, as is so often the case, once you sink beneath the surface of the ocean, what you know on land no longer applies.
These well named polychaete worms add some festive colors to any coral colony.
Sometimes the most interesting creatures are hiding in plain sight. The robust ghost pipefish is a beautiful master of disguise.