Solomon Island Diving - A Colorful Display

Matt from sv/Perry and Mark went out to explore a reef nearby and were blown away by the array of colors and creatures they encountered. I really don’t have words that would do these photos any justice.  I’ll just let them speak for themselves in this photo journal… Romans 1:19-20

Feather Star - Also called Crinoids, are sometimes referred to as 'living fossils' because they have changed so little in fossil records.  They actually walk slowly along the reefs, waving their arms to catch food.  

Needle-Spined Sea Urchin
Polyps on coral

Orange-finned Anemonefish

Orange-finned Anemonefish in its stinging home.  Note the electric blue ends on each tentacle!

Leather Coral

 Bicolor Chromis Damselfish (black and white) above various hard coral

Bennett's Feather Star (note the teeny, tiny tunicates below)

Freckled Hawkfish
Pearlized hard coral colony 

Tunicate - marine invertebrate that attach themselves and siphon water through a gill net inside their bodies to extract food and oxygen.  The siphon openings contract when animal is disturbed. 

Vibrant soft coral colony

A Feast for the Eyes!  Soft red coral, blue sponge, orange tube sponge, etc


Fiery red soft coral colony

Polyp detail

Huge branching coral!

Lacy Coral Colony

Comments

  1. Fantastic photos. So nice to see a healthy reef!

    A couple questions:
    (1) Do you carry SCUBA gear on board? If so, do you have a recommendation on manufacturers and equipment that holds up for cruisers?
    (2) What kind of camera / flash do you use?

    Thanks and thanks for keeping the blog. I love hearing about your adventures.

    -Chris
    s/v Catalyst
    Chesapeake Bay

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  2. Chris we have both a Bauer JR dive compressor and a Brownie 4-person Hookah onboard. The Bauer is a new addition, as we have been doing a lot more SCUBA now that the kids are certified and Michael is getting close to being on his own with SCUBA.

    We use two cameras - the Olympus Tough and the SeaLife DC2000 with the SeaDragon LED lights. The Olympus is the king of macro, but, it is only good to about 13m. The SeaLife is good with the extra wide angle lens, and is good to 70m or so. We use both cameras depending on the dive and what we are trying to do.

    I hope this helps.

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