It’s time to dive under the sea!
I’ve been undecided on how to share photos taken on 10 different dives with you. I have nearly two-thousand pictures split between my trusty GoPro and my new Canon D30 waterproof camera. Our dive master Fernando, called me the paparazzi. Yep, I sneakily stalk fish and other sea creatures in their homes, trying to get shots of their everyday lives.
While diving, I don’t spend much time reviewing photos, so I take several just to make sure some turn out alright. And let’s be honest here – the reefs are stunning. I can’t get enough of the color and variety of life down here. I could photograph it all day.
Anyway, I’ve decided to break these out over five posts – reefs, wrecks, turtles, Mary’s Place and our night dive. That still sounds like a lot of blue photos to share, and depending on how the night dive photos turn out (I’m struggling), I may choose not to do a full post on that dive. But for now, I bring you the beauty of Roatan’s reefs!
It’s like a rainbow of color down here. It’s crazy that a place that gets such little sunlight has so much variation.
We see so many different fish, I can’t remember all their names. But for the next few photos, I’m going to give it my best shot. This is a parrot fish. They are rainbow colored and literally everywhere.
A puffer fish. When it feels threatened, it puffs up to several times its normal size. It can only do this a few times before it dies, so we try hard not to scare them.
Yellow-tailed jackfish. They swim in schools and it’s pretty neat when they surround you.
See all the grass swaying in the current? Those are actually garden eels. They hide back in their holes as we approach.
I can’t remember what this guy is, but he blends in so well with his surroundings. Can you spot him?
This is a type of anemone. I find them so pretty.
It’s Flotsam and Jetsam! This is a green moray eel. They can grow up to 6ft long, and while they’re quite dumb, they’re also scary. Every one of our dive masters say they are most scared of these guys. They bite!
Lobstah. They like to hide in dark crevasses, but their antennas give them away.
Barracuda! These guys are super cool, but have sharp teeth. They could bite, but are really not interested in getting close to you.
Another anemone. This one is only about half the size of my palm.
I think the red spindle-y things are tiny teardrop crabs.
Also on the reefs are lion fish. They have poisonous spikes along their back, making them a bit dangerous for divers. They also have no natural enemies, so are considered an invasive species. During one of our dives, our dive master Chip brings a couple spears and catches around 10. Later he’ll make them into ceviche. It’s delicious.
As your humble photographer, I’m not usually in many pictures myself. However I take plenty of Emma. I considered doing a whole post on just pictures of her. I kid. But she does make a good subject.
Perhaps I do get in a few.
But back to the reefs (and Fernando).
Did you make it all the way to the end? It’s a lot photos and I tried really hard to not go overboard, but it’s so hard! If you enjoyed this post, I have more diving photos coming next week!
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