Opal Eyes

There are many fishes local to a region that you will never find in an aquarium or in the fish markets or even in National Geographic. They are either poisonous, uninteresting, commercially unviable or just plain ugly. The poor Little Scorpionfish (Maxillicosta scabriceps) seems to fall into all categories. Those eyes however are magnificent and […]

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Electric Squid

Our Rapid Bay night dive was meant to be about little critters, especially nudibranchs smaller than half my little finder but when this Southern Calamari (Sepioteuthis australis) came into my view I was suitably distracted. In fact I was so distracted in the strong current that I had drifted 70m or more from the jetty […]

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Abalone on the Menu

I have photographed hunting Blacklip Abalone (Haliotis rubra), at Port Noarlunga before and commented on their utterly mad night time appearance of green eyes, tentacles and snailfish encrusted shell. Observing images like this afterwards is always an eye opening lesson in observation for me. While photographing this guy, all I noticed as the abalone made […]

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Photogenic

Always willing to pose for an image is Edithburgh’s Gurnard Pearch. When nothing else seems to want to stay in the frame; when the hunt for a prettier subject is failing; when the surge is making midwater images impossible; there is always a gurnard perch, or three sitting on the sand patiently waiting for their […]

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Photobombed

The world of macro marine photography is full of life and colours and action that many new divers simply swim on by. However for photographers and those who take the time to look nudibranchs make wonderful subjects due to their diversity of colour and form. This bulldozer of a sea slug, Ceratosoma brevicaudatum, may only […]

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