Published: January 5th 2013December 20th 2012
Roatan Dive 16 Yawning hamlet Nikon D200
I spent the dive following my Juv hog fish cleaning different fish. I was diving with the Nikon D200 set up and it took me a few dives to get used to it. But I love it.
32 ft 113min Ni 31% AL80 82oF 10lbs +ank 3mm+Bear 7m
Roatan Dive 17 Nikon D200 Arrow Blenny
I decided not to waste my time trying to get behavior shots and I headed to the wreck to look for arrow blennies. I had not taken a shot of them yet. I saw 4 of them. I scared 3 before I figured out that I was very aggressive approaching them. When I got to the 4th
I approached slowly and let them get used to me. I actually watch them eat some masked gobies, their main food source. It happens so fast. I just wanted a shot. They are so pretty with their curly tail and only half inch to an inch big. I also saw one of the giant eels hanging around.
44 ft 58min Ni 34% AL80 84oF 10lbs +ank 3mm+Bear 7m
Roatan Dive 18 Nikon
So pretty and hard to resist. This is only the second time that I see them hunting in the current.
D200 Dusk dive into a night dive. Mating hamlets.
We were on a mission of getting the hamlets mating. Steve picked a pair of indigo hamlets and I decided to shoot the black hamlets that I shot the first dusk dive. They live to the west just off the night dive buoy and they were easy to spot. I entered the water around 1615 and spotted them right away with a distance of about 30ft in between them. I looked around looking for butter or Indigo hamlets and didn’t see any so I decided to stick with the black to the end. I watch them getting close and look for each other but wouldn’t pair up. Then I saw Steve coming from the west wall and he signaled me that the Indigos he chose on the west side didn’t pair up and he was going to look for more on the east wall. I stayed with mine. I waited almost 1 hr and they didn’t pair so I decided to get a shot of just one before he went to sleep. And I was getting close it gave the shaking signal and all the sudden I saw the other
Yawning Butter Hamlet
I watch him doing it several times. So cool. Just look and you will be amazed of what you see!
one coming up to it. Steve then came up to me showing me his lcd: a beautiful a shot of the mating Indigo hamlets with black background! Of course what is new . He already got it. He waved bye he was out of air from the long fast swim. I turned to look for my black hamlet and they were mating low on the ground about 5 ft away from SK yellowhead blenny with eggs. I got close and they mated 2 more times very low and close to soft coral. It was difficult to get close. I try to pre-focus and I split them with my light. Bummer! I just screwed up. It is always a learning experience.
Then I looked for my “sea cat” nudi and then headed back. On my way out I shot a lettuce sea slug that was playing with the current. I glamsed at my LCD and saw a shadow. One of the strobes was off then my mem card was full. I had to delete a few shots and then turn the strobe on and luckily I got a few shots out of it and I cross fingers they are sharp.
Giant Eel out of the wreck
Giant eels in Coco View, Roatan are very active and friendly with divers. I wish I had spend more time with them.
I also saw a pretty live shell and a juv blue eel in the rocks but I didn’t get to shoot it. No memory no strobes. Time to call it a dive.
31 ft 114min Ni 31% AL80 10lbs +ank 3mm+Bear 7m
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