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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100 feet down…

Mesmerizing

…calm blue and fish for days.

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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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What’s the name of this fish again?

North Indian anemonefish

Also, I believe, properly known as a Clark’s Anemonefish. Like all species, identification is difficult because people everywhere call them by different common names.

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Old joke: How do lionfish mate?

Lionfish interrupted

Very carefully.

The logistics seem difficult with all those spines… but I might have disturbed a tender moment between two poisonous, beautiful fish.

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Pull up to Jackson’s bar

How many different species do you see?

A riot of life surrounding a barrel sponge

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