Faces of the Underwater World
Multiple locations — 2013-2017
Portraits of some of the more colorful characters we have come across underwater from our dives all over the world.
Under Water Colors
Multiple locations — 2012-2017
A compilation of shots assembled to show off the ocean’s amazing colors. These displays are found not only on the fish and coral reefs of the tropics, but worldwide and on some of the marine world’s smaller, lesser-known inhabitants.
4th of July on the Giant Stride
Palos Verde Peninsula, CA — July 2020
Another day out on the Giant Stride diving the reefs of Palos Verdes brought more nudibranchs, some teeny tiny amphipods, and lots of socially-distanced fun!
Brittle Stars Discs Undulate
Oil Rig Ellen and San Miguel Island, CA — March 2019 and September 2016
California is home to some brilliantly colored brittle stars. If you look closely at their central disk, you can see the top surface undulate.
Dendronotus Iris Pounces on Tube Anemone
San Miguel Island, CA — April 2015 and September 2016
Dendronotus iris, also known as a rainbow nudibranch, is a large sea slug found along the west coast of North America. They feed on tube anemones by sneaking up next to them and pouncing right into the middle, often getting pulled part way into the tube in the process.
June 26, 2020 on the Giant Stride
Palos Verde Peninsula, CA — June 2020
One of my best nudi spotting days in a long time! On this day on the Giant Stride our group spotted more than 20 species of nudibranchs in 3 dives in the Palos Verdes area, including the beautiful and rarely-seen Babakina festiva. Some teeny tiny crustaceans and a baby swell shark wiggling in its egg case rounded out a wonderful dive day.
© 2020 Nannette and Bill Van Antwerp