Sometimes I feel bad not being more specific on the species of critters I am sharing – remember that shrimp goby post from the other day? But sometimes it is really difficult. Case in point, this looks like a fairly distinct nudibranch, but once you…

One of the benthic animals that we identified for our surveys were zooanthids. We didn’t get to the level of species identification, and flipping through my reef creature ID book quickly, there is little info in there about them. This is a less common species…

These little guys were photographed inside one of the no-take reserves that Blue Ventures has helped the Velondriak association establish. We had completed our surveys of this site, so I got the bonus of getting to take the camera and do some “photographic surveying”.

On the same dive where we found those Nemobrotha Nudis, I managed to find this absolutely stunning Blue Dragon Nudibranch (Pteraeolidia ianthina). Today is a bit of a sad day though as I am leaving Andavadoaka and beginning my journey back towards home.

We’ve started doing actual scientific survey dives at this point so I am not able to take my camera as often (though honestly, if I hadn’t struggled with it working properly earlier in the trip, I might have more photos). But one of our expedition…

I saw tiger flatworms in Indonesia, but I think these are some better photos. Flatworms are different from nudibranchs, but they kind of get lumped in with nudis as one of my favorite underwater critters. I’ve been lucky to see some really nice nudis and…

Another juvenile fish found in the rock pools. This little guy actually was a very cooperative subject even though it was swimming away from me. Usually fish turn and swim away and you’re left with fish butt photos… but this little guy simply backed away…

Ok – I’m going to start bouncing around with my photos now, so they’re no longer in sequential order as I took them… After some challenges with the diving (rough conditions, less than perfect visibility, and wanting to make sure I focused on the science…