macro marine life

The circle of life: Fairly common in Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, this sea slug, Navanax inermis, is a colorful predator of nudibranchs like Hermissenda opalescens here. 

In this photo, you can see Navanax’s mouth preparing for the hunt – and the nudibranch will be gone in the blink of an eye. 

(Photo: Steve Lonhart/NOAA)

Trying to find Pygmy sea horses on their coral requires really good eyes. And I am going to be honest, I needed a local diver to point them out to me so I could catch a photo!

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Pipefish Couple por Klaus Stiefel
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Pipefish are very social, interesting to watch fish.

I aboslutely love ths little guy´s grumpy face.

Frogfish, a type of anglerfish, yes like a little fisherman they have a lure to attract prey right into their mouths, use their pectoral fins to walk around the reef,

Maybe he is so grumpy because he is tired of having that sandy feeling all over his body.

This type of snail is neat not only because it looks like it has cute little rosey buttcheeks, but as well the spot pattern isn’t its shell! It is the colour of its mantel which comes out when it is moving or feels comfortable. Once it gets scared, the whole mantel retreats back into the shell leaving it safe, but quite dull looking.

#1 trick to shooting deep with the gopro and no filters - black and white.

Devil Ray (Mobula sp.) - Malapascua Island, Philippines

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Up close and personal with a feisty juvenile ribbon eel. Once it matures, it will either change to a dull olive colour or a vibrant blue and yellow. The feistiness will never go away.

The surface of a star.

No space exploration was necessary. 

Giant Caribbean sea anemone. Although they do not really affect humans, I don’t recommend touching them as they are very sticky and stubborn. Great models though!