Often you think you see a fish but then realise something looks different. Taking a photo allows you to confirm identity later.
Half and Half Chromis (Chromis iomelas)
Bicolour Chromis (Chromis margaratifer)
Today these two species were hiding quite close to one another, same black and white colour, except one of them has the white extending further up the body – meet the Bicolour Chromis and the Half and Half Chromis.
Both were a bit tricky to photograph as they are about 1cm long, hiding amongst rocks in swell – hence the average photo quality.
Teardrop Butterflyfish (Chaetodon unimaculatus)
Some other seldom seen tropicals today included the orange basslet, teardrop butterflyfish, vanderbilts damsel, to mention just a few.
Yellow finned Damsel
Juvenile Orangeblotch surgeon and Klein’s Butterflyfish
Juvenile Zebra Lionfish
Black Spot Snapper (Lutjanus fulviflamma) – juvenile
Juvenile Common Lionfish
Yelloweye leatherjacket (Pervagor alternans)
The recent southerly change has brought in warm waters again, and with 24 degree seas tropical fish are everywhere. Photos include lionfish many damsels, and a new species for my database – the black spot snapper. Low visibility, strong currents and swell made photography very challenging today. A great time to get out for a dive or snorkel!