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The world below the waves, a glimps:

Posted in Underwater world on December 16, 2012 by jbarnaart

A selection of underwater pictures.

Location: Osi and surrounding waters

A Friendly Hug

My personal favorite underwater picture so far. Sometimes getting the right position for a picture is difficult and I have found myself hanging upside-down in the water forgetting I need to breath unlike many of the subjects in the pictures.

Up and Over

Sea slug species are very numerous and have amazing colors. (I think this is a “Risbecia tryoni“.)

“For whatever we lose (like a you or a me), It’s always our self we find in the sea.” – e.e. Cummings

Scorpion Fish
Tikus (mouse) Grouper

The Barramundi Cod is a highly prized food fish. Called “Tikus (mouse) grouper” in Osi. Generally very secretive. Many groupers are kept alive in wet cages around Osi and exported to other Asian countries.

In the reefs around Osi, Ceram, there exists an abundance of soft corals. These come in a variety of colors and shapes.

“Fishes live in the sea, as men do a-land; the great ones eat up the little ones.” – William Shakespeare

Barren Beauty

Even in area where much of the coral has been broken or has died, life still exists and beautiful fish are still present, darting in and out of small crevices in the coral bottom.

Starry Moray

The Starry Moray Eel or Snowflake Moray Eel feeds on a diet of mainly crab. This particular moray was nice enough to pose for a few pictures. Usually a nocturnal species.

Appreciate the Small

A tiny colorful scorpion fish holds on to the coral, its colors warnings of poisonous spines. Scorpion fish have been known to cause severe problems in some coral reefs in parts of the world because they have no real natural predators.

Vibrant Coral Colors

“The fishermen know that the sea is dangerous and the storm terrible, but they have never found these dangers sufficient reason for remaining ashore.” – Vincent Van Gogh

A Vertical World

These little fish spend almost the entirety of their lives hovering vertically between the corals.

Juvenile Batfish

As the Batfish grows older, their whole body-shape changes, almost always swimming in a small group, and curious to underwater tourists

 The little bright blue fish dart in and out of the pretty coral tips.

“No aquarium nor tank nor enclosure can duplicate the beauty of the natural world”. – J.W.P. Barnaart

Everything is better shared

Pipefishs together with seahorses make up the family Syngnathinae. Like seahorses the male individuals are responsible for the parenting duties. They are often seen in pairs scurrying around the bottom of the coral reefs.


Sea flora, Indonesia

Posted in Underwater world on November 18, 2012 by jbarnaart

Sea flora, Indonesia

Sea flora, located at the top of a large stone coral. Taken near Osi.

The little insignificant

Posted in Underwater world on November 18, 2012 by jbarnaart

The little insignificance

Found this little guy going for a stroll along coral street

Creeping beauty

Posted in Underwater world on November 18, 2012 by jbarnaart

Creeping beauty

Nudibranch or Sea slugs often have such beautiful colors. I was so ecstatic to finally find one, I had been trying to spot one for a long time so finding this guy really made my day. I look forward to finding more with different colors and patterns. Taken in Kotania Bay

Violet Squirrelfish, Indonesia

Posted in Underwater world on November 17, 2012 by jbarnaart

Violet Squirrelfish, Indonesia

A group of colorful fish found shelter in a cave like crevasse in the cliff-side. The majority of the fish are Violet Squirrelfish, (Myripristis violacea). Taken near Osi village, Indonesia

Osi, Indonesia

Posted in Underwater world on November 17, 2012 by jbarnaart

Osi, Indonesia

Humphead wrasse (Cheilinus undulatus), also known as napoleon wrasse or napoleonfish. I spotted the fish´s fins breaking the surface in the shallows while we passed by on our boat (first thought they were sharks), decided to snorkel there and was able to get pretty close. Taken near the research bay: Kotania Bay