Tuesday, December 06, 2011 8:00:00 AM
Yellow Eye Rockfish aka Red Snapper. This is a juvenile that was inside a wreck. It was probably only 6" long if I recall correctly. I was surprised to see one but they are becoming more common and I've seen much larger ones lately that have lost the white stripes and are more orangish than ... read more
Monday, December 05, 2011 8:00:00 AM
This Red Gunnel is a fish not an eel. Note the pectoral fins. It would be easy to mistake them for an eel though since they have that body form.
Sunday, December 04, 2011 8:00:00 AM
At least that is what a lot of folks think. But they are wrong. We may not have the colorful soft corals of Fiji but some of the most colorful fish I've ever seen are right here in the Pacific Northwest!
Saturday, December 03, 2011 8:00:00 AM
Red Irish Lord are not always red. They can change color and pattern to blend in with their surroundings. I've posted on them before and this is worth click on.
Clicking on the picture above will open a flash gallery of Red Irish Lord pictures.
Friday, December 02, 2011 8:00:00 AM
These must be related to the scorpion fish of tropical waters... they sure have a lot of the same features. For the most part they don't seem afraid of divers if approach slowly.
I've been able to stick my camera right up to their face. Maybe they think that they are so well... read more
Thursday, December 01, 2011 8:00:00 AM
I almost overlooked this little fellow hiding on a coral head in Hawaii. I was on a breath hold dive without scuba and feel fortunate to have even seen him much less to get the picture.
There are a lot of different species of Scorpion Fish and their spines are poison. A Fijian once told ... read more
Wednesday, November 30, 2011 8:00:00 AM
The young Wolfies are a bright orange color and have very sharp teeth. The one above was about two feet long and out in the open at Mukilteo City Park. Underwater of course.
This old gal had worn her teeth down to nubs crunching on urchins, clams and crabs. I still wouldn't stick... read more
Tuesday, November 29, 2011 8:00:00 AM
Neither a wolf nor an eel, the Wolf Eel is the underwater puppy dog of the PNW. As adults they are often found as a male/female pair sharing a den. They look fierce and I wouldn't want one to go pitbull on me but they are fun to hand feed. That is feed them by hand.
The one picture ... read more
Monday, November 28, 2011 8:00:00 AM
Moray Eels. They look fierce but the ones I've encountered were not at all like the ones mischaracterized by Hollywood as monsters of the Deep. Oooooohhhhh...
Still, as with our cold water Wolf Eels in wouldn't be wise to stick your finger in their mouth.
Sunday, November 27, 2011 8:00:00 AM
Actually this little moray is more ill at ease than I am. The open mouth isn't a threat. These eels open and close their mouths to pull water across their gills. That is the way they breath.
I was the one who wasn't breathing. I took these pictures while on a breath hold dive. No scuba. ... read more