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Valerie and I learned to dive while living on Kwajalein Atoll. As you can probably imagine, we were a bit spoiled with the warm, crystal clear lagoon water. In addition to Kwajalein, some of the underwater photographs in this collection were shot on Pohnpei and Wake Island.

Cleaner Shrimp Reef Fish Octopus Diving the drop-off at Wake Island
Cleaner Shrimp
Reef Fish
Octopus
Wake Island Drop-off
Giant Clam Anemonefish The closer I got to this giant moray, the farther out of his hole he ventured.  I quickly retreated after taking a few photographs. Run to the light, Carol Anne!
Giant Clam Anemonefish Giant Moray Eel Run to the Light!
Saddled Butterflyfish Green Sea Turtle Lionfish have spines that contain an extremely potent toxin. Class in is Session
Saddled Butterflyfish Green Sea Turtle Lionfish A School of Fish
This metal shaft connects a buoy to a concrete block on the lagoon floor. Star Puffer Permorming the required 3-minute safety stop Kwajalein reef at low tide
Buoy Star Puffer Safety Stop Reef at Low Tide
Damsel fish hanging around a sponge Diving a surge channel Coral Head I'm not exactly sure what this is.  It's located off Kwajalein Island, between Emon Beach and North Point.
Damselfish and Sponge Surge Channel Coral Head Buoy
The Crown-of-Thorns sea star has sharp, toxic spines. Jon catches a coconut Sea Anemone and Anemonefish Nudibranch
Crown-of-Thorns Sea Star Playing Catch Sea Anemone and Anemonefish Nudibranch
Nudibranch (Nembrotha kubaryana) Nudibranch (Chromodoris elizabethina) Nudibranch Nudibranch
Nudibranch Nudibranch Nudibranch Nudibranch
Night Diving Night Diving Night Diving Trumpetfish
Night Diving Night Diving Night Diving Trumpetfish
Anemonefish Anemonefish Even baby Lionfish have spines that contain an extremely potent toxin. A hermit crab pokes his head out of a protective cone shell
Anemonefish Anemonefish Baby Lionfish Hermit crab
Gold-banded Fusiliers Two remoras (back-right end) were hitching a ride on this manta ray. Asakaze Maru (a.k.a. K5 Upright), Kwajalein Lagoon Asakaze Maru (a.k.a. K5 Upright), Kwajalein Lagoon
Gold-banded Fusiliers Manta Ray Asakaze Maru Asakaze Maru
Asakaze Maru (a.k.a. K5 Upright), Kwajalein Lagoon Small puffer fish LCM Wreck This little guy pokes his head out of a small pipe on the LCM wreck in the Kwajalein ski boat area.
Asakaze Maru Small Puffer Fish LCM Wreck Fish
"Oh Jack, this is where we first met!" Now THIS is a Kwaj-condition bike! Coral A diver swims back to an LCM on a Kwajalein Scuba Club sponsored dive of ocean-side Bigej.
A Titanic Moment Lagoon Transportation Coral Returning to the Boat
Sunlight filters through crystal-clear lagoon water. Orbicular Batfish Prinz Eugen White-Tipped Reef Shark
Sunlight Orbicular Batfish Prinz Eugen White-Tipped Reef Shark
Feeding the fish at Troy's Coral Head, Kwajalein Lagoon Christmas Tree Worms Coral Clam Coral
Feeding the Fish Christmas Tree Worms Coral Clam Coral
Whitemouth Moray Eel Sea Star These spotted garden eels remind me of the short, skinny aliens in Men in Black.  
Whitemouth Moray Eel Sea Star Spotted Garden Eels  

 

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