When the stars make you drool… it’s a moray!

Open wide

Johnny’s Gorge. He’s actually just breathing. And he’s substantially more afraid of me than I of him.

But still, these guys are unnerving. Amazing and unnerving.

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Lionfish out for a swim

Lionfish

These guys tend to stick close to reef and shelter during the day, frequently not moving at all and relying on their camouflage and poisonous barbs to defend them.

This one, was out above the reef almost in open ocean for a cruise at Johnny’s Gorge.

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Like a big pizza pie… that’s a moray!

Wrinkly with teeth

All leather and fangs but no actual threat (to divers).

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Lionfish have weird eyebrows…

Am I right?

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Cruising Johnny’s Gorge

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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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