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Red Sea - Fish

Here are some pictures of fish that we have taken in the Red Sea. Considering the wide variety of fish that can be found in the Red Sea we have put here only a few. This is because we have found taking pictures of fish a real challenge. They are very good at swimming off just at the wrong moment. Therefore we have hundreds of pictures of fishes' bottoms! Not too interesting for a website. Unless you like fishes' bottoms of course.

Anemonefish

The clown anemonefish is often seen in the Red Sea. They are always found in close proximity to anemones. This means they don't swim too far and more often than not they seem happy to pose for the camera. The bottom right photo shows the fish in a red anemone which are quite rare, so much so that they are maked on dive maps.

 

 

 

 

Scorpionfish

Below the photos show members of the Scorpionfish family. These are always interesting because they are very ornate and their colour can change depending on their surroundings. However, they are even more interesting because nearly all of them are venomous. Some, such as the stonefish, can cause fatalities if the wound is not treated with hot water for 40 minutes. Even the less venomous scorpionfishes can give a nasty sting which can cause pain for many weeks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rays and Sharks

We have put rays and sharks together partly because they both have cartilage instead of bone and partly because our one shark picture would look a bit stupid on its own!

 

 

 

 

Wrasses and Groupers

The Napoleon Wrasse can grow to 2.3 metres. The huge adult on the left was spotted over the the wreck of the Dunraven. Comparing this picture to the juvenile on the right you can see how the hump on the forehead grows with age. These are beautiful fish which really aren't bothered whether you are there or not.

 

 

 

Triggerfish

The titan triggerfish (below left) can grow up to 75cm. This one was fully grown and was very aggresive as it was guarding a nest. Titan triggerfish will attack the face of divers and their strong peg like teeth can cause severe injuries. On the right is a much smaller picassofish (up to 30cm).

 

 

     

 

Puffers and Porcupinefish

The masked puffer is my favourite. All of these fish can be seen regularly in the Red Sea.

 

 

 

 

Eels

The Giant moray can grow up to 2.5 metres. It has poor eyesight and is generally regarded as bad tempered. Treat them with respect. If you go around putting you arm into holes you will eventually find one and he won't be happy. The shoal of striped eel catfish were amazing as they all seemed to move as one. Very lovely to watch but also very poisonous. The boxer shirmp was caught attending to a morays scales on a night dive.

 

 

 

 

 

 

March 2014

Just visited Sulawesi in Indonesia for the first time and can totally recommend it.

We spent a week at the Tasik Ria resort on the North of the island diving in the Bunaken Marine Park. We then moved on to the Lembeh Straits staying at the Kasawari Resort which was very lovely indeed. Lots of new critters were seen including seahorses, frog fish and a whole new fleet of nudibranchs. Just counting the days before we can return.

Meanwhile we are looking forward to the start of the UK diving season.

DodgyDivers

 

 

 

Selsey BSAC

Hairspring Scuba

 

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