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    Default Some recent diving pictures

    My family and I just got back from Mexico, and I spent a fair bit of time under water. My wife and I were trying to get a decent shot of most every species that inhabits the coral formations just offshore in front of my parents' house, and these are some of the better ones that we got. Unfortunately, the current was really, really strong this year and this caused fairly poor visibility and thus less than stellar pictures. Still, it was fun working to get ideal shots of the various species of near-shore reef fish.

    A gray angelfish and a filefish



    An electric ray



    A queen angelfish



    A trumpetfish



    A carribean spiny lobster



    A crab (can't recall the name right now) in the same hole as a lobster



    The same type of crab alone



    A cowfish





    The only moray I saw this trip - the little guy wouldn't come out of his hole for a better shot.



    A sea turtle





    Two species of grunts



    I'm not sure what this little guy is called, but he sure is pretty





    A nassau grouper



    A hogfish. These two pictures were taken about 5 seconds apart. As soon as he swam away from the coral he immediately changed color to blend in with the sandy bottom.





    This juvenile french angelfish lived by a cinder block that was used as an anchor right next to the beach, and he would chase off this bar jack over and over again. It was pretty entertaining to watch.



    Reef squid



    Spotted eagle ray





    Permit



    Spotfin butterflyfish up against a conch shell



    Two banded coral shrimp (these guys are tiny and my camera had a hard time focusing on them in the low light)



    Goatfish (I got the coolest video of two of these guys fighting <I think> - I'll share it once I get it uploaded to YouTube.)



    Barracuda - There were lots of barracuda around this year. In the hazy picture there were ~20 barracuda, some of which were five feet long or better.









    Banded butterflyfish



    Anemones







    I have no idea what this little guy was - maybe a type of wrasse? - but he sure did look cool hiding in the grass.



    Immature french angelfish with a grunt



    A very small (3") triggerfish



    Sand diver





    Yellowtail snapper



    A type of porcupine fish



    A type of damselfish



    Blue chromis



    Yellow tang



    French angelfish



    Trunkfish



    Scrawled filefish





    I can't recall the name of this one for the life of me...but they get white spots and a darker gray back when against coral.

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    Lionfish - Unfortunately, these guys are invasive and have moved in in very significant numbers. I'm going to talk to the marine park service next time I'm down there to see if I can help with the eradication effort. They sure are beautiful fish, though.











    Rainbow parrotfish



    Porkfish



    Unknown (very curious little guy - and thus very difficult to get a side view picture)



    Blue tang



    In the midst of a very large bait ball. I took some video as well, and it was very surreal to watch how they moved around as a group.



    Sting ray



    Black grouper? (Not sure if I have that ID right)



    A type of wrasse



    Spadefish - (One of our favorites, though not a stellar picture. There has been a regular school of ~20 spadefish always hanging around the same coral head in years past, but this year there was only this lone fella.)



    My wife's painting of a spadefish on the wall

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    Beautiful Brian! I can almost feel that warm water. What camera do you use?
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    We use a pretty simple camera - a Canon Powershot D10.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian M View Post
    We use a pretty simple camera - a Canon Powershot D10.
    Nice. Technology is advancing faster than I can keep up with. How deep can you go with that camera?
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    Awesome pictures!
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    Great pictures! Thanks for posting!

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    Quote Originally Posted by iofthetaiga View Post
    Nice. Technology is advancing faster than I can keep up with. How deep can you go with that camera?
    It's good down to 33 feet if I recall correctly, so it's not as solid as proper underwater housings. That said, it's far less expensive than a housing, so it's a good compromise for shallow water diving. We just leave it behind when going deeper.

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    Those are pretty sweet Brian! The quality of the point and shoots and phones these days is unreal! Kinda makes me wonder why the heck I spend so much on equipment!
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    Thanks for sharing Brian those are some really nice shots. Looks like you had a great holiday.

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    We need to get some Alaska underwater stuff for the site! Are you game?

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    Very nice Bri..!!! How come you didn't bring some of that sun back with you...???......lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Strahan View Post
    We need to get some Alaska underwater stuff for the site! Are you game?

    -Mike
    I'd love to, Mike, but unfortunately I am not yet experienced with cold water diving. It's on my to-do list in the reasonably near future, though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 4merguide View Post
    Very nice Bri..!!! How come you didn't bring some of that sun back with you...???......lol
    Ha! Unfortunately I seem to have brought warm weather, if not the sun. After a couple weeks of tropical weather, I'm itching for some snow!

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    Default Lionfish

    Wonderful pictures, man. Looks like it was a wonderful trip too. Thanks for sharing these.
    For us, they're a nice break from the rain and ice!

    Lionfish invasion has become a problem in many places. Pets (aquarium fish) dumped into the ocean thought to contribute to the problem in Florida waters, maybe spreading throughout the Carribean.

    Reading some spearfishing lately - for awhile, there was interest b/c lionfish are both meaty and tasty on the grill.
    Unfortunately, seems they can also contain significant cigateura toxin levels. Tough problem.

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    http://www.thedailyherald.com/island...ommended-.html

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