I spotted these egrets on this fence both times I went to the spiny forest to check out the baobabs. I had wanted to get closer, but I also like this shot with a bit of action going on with these guys chasing each other.…

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 trees are just so cool… The locals will carve into them to be able to drink the water that they store… and then eventually those carved openings become large enough that you can also use them for shelter… But there is just something to…

I was hoping to find some cool and crazy looking insects while in Madagascar (ok – we did get to see some stick insects, but I didn’t have the good camera with me that day), but while praying mantis are always fun to find and…

For many weeks in Andava, I was confused by numerous tracks in the sand around the huts and up on the dune near the huts. The tracks were continuous wavy lines, so they really appeared to be made by a snake, but they lacked the…

On our overland tour north, we got to see some more lemurs… Oh – and in case you’re interested, I paid my deposit for another expedition with Blue Ventures – this time to Timor Leste in October/November/December. I’ll be doing a two week whale/coral watch…

I’m sitting in Paris this evening waiting for the rain to finish up so I can head out for some dinner, and while Paris is cool and all, what I’m really missing is this… The conditions were never favorable for any over/under shots, but I…

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…

Outside our huts there is a wooden fence/railing at the edge of the small cliff that drops down to the beach – many of have taken to hanging wet clothing there to dry… and quite often when I go to retrieve my dry clothes I’d…

It has been such a treat to be presented with this view almost every evening, and sad that it is soon coming to an end. I had debated trying to stay for a second expedition, but in the end decided not to (though I still…

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…