New Jersey Scuba Diving
Underwater Pix 3
Now we're on the first night dive. A "Giant Crab" Mithrax (?) related to northern Spider Crabs.
Mr Crab again.
Yellow Stingray Urolophus jamaicensis
A sleeping Stoplight Parrotfish Sparisoma viride
Slipper Lobster Scyllarides nodifer or
Sculptured Slipper Lobster Parribacus antarcticus
No claws, no spines, no teeth, no camouflage.
No fangs, no barbs, no bristles, no poison.
No strength, no speed, no brains.
You really have to wonder how they survive.
Common Atlantic Octopus Octopus vulgaris
Obviously not pleased to see me.
I found this one on my own, and didn't share it with anyone, which is probably why I was able to get some decent pictures.
Punta Sur. Going into the hole.
Coming out of the hole. I still don't understand why people dive in holes.
Mostly French Grunts Haemulon flavolineatum
Another crab, oddly out in the open during the day.
French Angelfish. I think these are the most majestic of the Angelfishes. Not as gaudy as the Queens, and a lot bigger.
Stoplight Parrotfish ( female ). Males are bluish, like Queen Parrotfish
Queen Triggerfish Balistes vetula. Headin' for the hills - I'm surprised I got this close. ( Photo is cropped - you can guess the range from the colors. )
Blue Tang Acanthurus coeruleus and Squirrelfish Holocentrus adscensionis
Almost (Queen Angelfish)
Nighttime again. Sharptail Eel Myrichthys acuminatus
Another sleeping Stoplight Parrotfish, the terminal male phase. The bright yellow dot at the upper end of the gill slit is a giveaway.
This little Yellow Stingray was happily digging a hole after something in the sand, and didn't mind having his picture taken at all.
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