Jim Kirklin: underwater

 
Lemon Nudibranch
Lemon Nudibranch

(Anisodoris nobilis), Carmel Bay, California Lemon nudibranch crawling through some hydrocoral in Carmel Bay.

Hawksbill Sea Turtle
Hawksbill Sea Turtle

(Eretmochelys imbricata), Roatan, Honduras Hawksbill turtles are on the endangered species list so coming across one is always a special treat, especially when they come this close on a swim by.

Purple Ring Top Snail
Purple Ring Top Snail

(Calliostoma annulatum), Monterey Bay, California One of my favorite small critters in Monterey. A ring top snail nestled in among some strawberry anemones.

Whale Shark
Whale Shark

(Rhincodon typus), Galapagos Islands, Ecuador The whale shark is the largest fish in the ocean. It is also a filter feeder and lives mainly on plankton.

Smokestack of the Yukon
Smokestack of the Yukon

San Diego, California The Yukon was a Canadian destroyer that was sunk off of San Diego in 2000 to joining a number of other wrecks as part of an artificial reef system.

Giant Pacific Octopus
Giant Pacific Octopus

(Enteroctopus dofleini), Channel Islands, California A giant Pacific octopus trying to hide in the purple hydrocoral off of Catalina Island.

Nurse Shark
Nurse Shark

(Ginglymostoma cirratum), Marathon Key, Florida A nurse shark resting on the bottom by the reef off of Marathon Key.

Spanish Shawl Nudibranch
Spanish Shawl Nudibranch

(Flabellina iodinea), Channel Islands, California Spanish Shawl on top of a barnacle at Santa Cruz Island in the Northern Channel Islands.

Manatees
Manatees

(Trichechus manatus), Marathon Key, Florida Manatees hanging out by the docks in a harbor. They like the harbor because there is a fresh water aquifer feeding it and they need fresh water to survive.

Hairy Red Hermit Crab
Hairy Red Hermit Crab

(Dardanus lagopodes), Solomon Islands Hairy Red Hermit Crab, taken on a night dive in the Solomon Islands.

Spotted Eagle Ray
Spotted Eagle Ray

(Aetobatus narinari), Galapagos Islands, Ecuador One of the most graceful fish I have ever seen. This one had just broken away form a large school of fish as it went by me.

Redlip Blenny
Redlip Blenny

(Ophioblennius atlanticus), Marathon Key, Florida This redlip blenny was living in the conch shell. They can be very territorial and this one was chasing away any other fish that came to close to its home.

Pacific Sea Nettle
Pacific Sea Nettle

(Chrysaora fuscescens), Monterey Bay, California A very common jellyfish, they usually arrive in large quantities in Monterey in the summer.

Hammerhead Shark
Hammerhead Shark

(Sphyrna lewini), Galapagos Islands, Ecuador The scalloped hammerhead is the most common hammerhead shark. They are often found in large schools. This one came in to check out the divers and left as soon as the camera strobes went off.

Wide Eyed Flounder
Wide Eyed Flounder

(Bothus podas), Canary Islands, Spain All I can say about this one is "Love the eyes!" I found him on a night dive in the El Cabron reserve off of Gran Canaria.

Lingcod
Lingcod

(Ophiodon elongatus), Monterey Bay, California Lingcod are one of the larger reef fish found in Monterey Bay and have been making a comeback recently. Previously they had been over-fished due to the fact that they are good to eat.