marine photos for the month
created this new feature to highlight some of our favorite photographs
from over the years, and to give you a quick, easy look into the subject
diversity of our photo library. We will update this page monthly, so check
||Blue-eyed Triplefin (Notoclinops
segmentatus), underwater photograph, vertical format, taken at a
depth of 20 feet while
scuba diving in the Poor Knights Islands Marine Reserve off the
eastern shore of the North Island of New Zealand. This stunningly
beautiful/cute fish, all of 3cm long, is a common sight scooting
around on the colorful invertebrate encrusted rocky reefs in this
Hagfish (Eptatretus stouti) photo, photographed in California. As
disgusting as the above is charming, the hagfish (also called
"slime eel", for it can secrete an amazing quantity of
the stuff) is found living on muddy and sandy bottoms. It's a
scavenger with a voracious appetite for dead things- fish, whale
carcasses, you name it. The stinkier and more decayed, the better.
Formidable dentition allows it to burrow into the side of its
meal, or sometimes it just crawls into the anal opening... This
lovely creature's skin is sometimes made into wallets. Go figure.
Got billfish photos?
We do. Sailfish and marlin feeding on baitballs, dramatic
in-your-face action shots of impressive predators, wild and free.
This image is brand new, and was made off Isla Mujeres in Mexico,
a known hotspot for this highly migratory species during winter
months. Some scientists call this the Atlantic Sailfish (Istiophorus
albicans), while others consider it the same as the Indo-Pacific
species (I. platypterus).
digital photograph showing a scuba diver (model released) swimming
through a forest of Giant Kelp (Macrocystis pyrifera) in
California's Channel Islands National Park. Kelp is an
extraordinary marine plant, capable of growing more than a foot
each day in cool, nutrient-rich waters. The kelp forest ecosystem
supports a diverse assemblage of marine life: tiny invertebrates,
schools of fish, sea otters, and more.
A group of Common
Dolphins leaping in the eastern Pacific Ocean. One of the many
dolphin species in our library, the Common (Delphinus sp.) is
widespread in both Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Often found in
schools number into the hundreds and even thousands, they are
acrobatic and regularly enjoy bowriding boats large and small.
Hundreds of our dolphin pictures have been published in calendars
all over the world, as well as in magazines, books, on web sites,
in advertising campaigns, even on school supplies and clothing.