When the moon hits your eye… it’s a moray!

They grow 'em big in the Andamans

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Like swimming over a giant mouth…

Big sponge, little fish

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Strut your stuff, kid…

Juvenile emperor angelfish over a barrel sponge

Juvenile fish are often fantastic to look at, dynamic and vibrantly colored. And typically, like this guy, they look almost nothing like their adult form.

This comes from Johnny’s Gorge.

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Here’s looking at you, fish…

Nonlandscape

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Barrel full of sponges

Johnny's Gorge

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100 feet down…

Mesmerizing

…calm blue and fish for days.

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A pair of crinoids

Underwater flowers?

On the left, looking like a sad flower waving in the breeze, a sea lily.

On the right, as though someone clenched a fistful of feathers, a feather star.

They’re part of the same class of creatures, the crinoids, that can either be stalked and attached to the bottom (lily) or free moving (star). And yes, I said creatures. Despite their resemblance to plants, they are part of kingdom Animalia.

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And still more fish…

A ribbon of them...

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So many fish…

...so little time

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Staring at each other with suspicion…

Who is watching who?

Lionfish in a current make a diver uneasy. Unlike most fish, they’re not skittish. That means it’s possible to drift ridiculously close to those poisonous spines.

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