I’m used to seeing tons of turtles in Hawaii, so many that I sometimes get a little jaded. But boy, I’d forgotten how many eels hang out there. Here’s a sampling.
A traditional up close shot of a moray. There are lots of these guys out there. Some quite large.
Dive site: Molokini – Reef’s End. OMD EM5, 12-50mm at 40mm. 1/250th, f/6.3, ISO 200
And here, getting cleaned by some pretty red shrimp. The eel had to really open its mouth wide to allow those (really big) shrimp to get inside. (Sorry, I was watching the action instead of shooting.)
Dive site: Maui – Red Hill. OMD EM5, 12-50mm at 22mm. 1/250th, f/8.0, ISO 200
And a beautiful snowflake eel that I found out free swimming. Here posing with a sea urchin.
Dive site: Maui – Red Hill. OMD EM5, 12-50mm at 34mm. 1/250th, f/8.0, ISO 200
And there were more. A super shy dragon moray that I just couldn’t get a good shot of. Lots more big morays. If you like eels, this is a good spot.
The shot I posted yesterday was a little out of order. Here’s one from my actual first day of diving.
And what a first day. I’d been out of the water for a little while (since Palau), but we jumped right into the deep end. First day was 3 dives instead of my usual 2 for this trip. And the first dive was right at 130 feet to start. My dive computer is “severely conservative” if you’ll allow me to borrow a term of art from a different context. And that meant that things were going to be a little challenging with a second fairly deep dive (though not anything like the first one). And then a third to boot. Yes, I ended up with a couple of minutes of deco. This shot is from that third dive back along the Maui coast after the first two dives out at Molokini.
Snowflake Moray Eel, I think.
Dive site: Maui – near Wailea.
Shot with Olympus OMD EM5, 12-50 at 50mm f/6.3, 1/250th, ISO 200.
Ok, so we’re not quite to Halloween yet, but here’s a nice scary shot. Fangs out. Looking like he wants to get into it. And a little fright lighting for good measure.
Olympus OMD EM5, 8mm fisheye. Nautica housing with mini-dome port.
Peeking out from under a log, I first saw this big eel. Then I noticed that he had a whole troop of friends. Tiger shrimp everywhere. On the log. On the ground. All over. Here are a few of them.
Lembeh, October 2013