Great Barrier Reef: Some Super Cool Critters!

Filed in Dive Adventures, Diving Great Barrier Reef, Travel by on September 14, 2016 8 Comments
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Chevron Barracuda schooling. Look at the back! They were everywhere!

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Here is Arjun, one of my dive team, and a real sweetheart! This pufferfish was HUGE. We just couldn’t get over the size of it!

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Sameer off of the boat’s dive platform! He was on our dive team on this dive…he was separated from his group.

 

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This nudibranch was so intricately beautiful.

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Another beauty.

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This is a Leopard Shark! At a distance I thought it was a nurse shark … when I saw it was a Leopard, my first sighting ever, I skedaddled to take a photo!

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I wish it would have hung out longer! It was so gorgeous!

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A Great Moray and a Cleaner Shrimp

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This is just too awesome! A Cleaner Shrimp cleaning a Great Moray!

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Truly, this is one of the coolest things I have ever seen and photographed! Just incredible. And no, the Moray does not eat the shrimp, it is cleaning him of parasites.

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Hello….Olive Sea Snake here.

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They were not shy! They were curious about the divers.

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Yes, they are very venomous, but not at all aggressive.

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A pretty Green Sea Turtle

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Gorgeous shoals everywhere.

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How I love diving surrounded by fish!

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Huge Trigger Fish!

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Unicorn Fish…aren’t they cute?

 

As The Spirit of Freedom continued our dives, we ended up seeing some pretty interesting critters, and fabulous activity as well. I had never seen an Olive Sea Snake before…but I have now! I have seen the Banded Sea Snake who is very shy, and very toxic. The Olive Greens were quite curious, and followed us all over the reef!

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I am an avid scuba diver, underwater photographer, amateur historian; interested in all people and cultures. For me, the unexpected is usually the norm! My motto? I am an Empty Nester who likes to Renew, Revamp, and Reinvent Life! Contact me at travelswithtam@gmail.com

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  1. I am, once again, in awe of these photos! You are so blessed to have been able to see and photograph these amazing creatures. I had never heard of a unicornfish. Love the huge puffer, the moray eel with the cleaner shrimp, the leopard shark and so many more! AWESOME!
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  2. Yep. You are so right. Those are some very cool critters. But then, that’s true of all the critters you post images of!

  3. Gorgeous, Tam. I have never seen or heard of most of these. Enjoy your posts!

  4. barbara free says:

    Amazing photos. Looks like you are having a fabulous time, and great dive experiences. Keep it up !

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