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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.

And for all gear obsessed photographers, check out the entries attributed to “Guest Photographer” here.  Invariably they’re made with the lowest end Nikon DSLR and a superzoom travel lens.  And by a kid.  A kid channeling their inner David duChemin.  Seeing is key.  Oh, and shooting a crazy number of frames to catch the action.

That’s motion blur on the teeth.  Hyraxes may be small, but they chomp quickly.


Cape of Good Hope, South Africa.

Guest photographer.  Nikon D3100 Tamron 18-270 @ 270mm f/6.3

What, you only see a small rabbit sized animal?  Something that looks like a rodent.  No trunk.  No tusks.

Ok, well, you’re right — there is no elephant in the picture.  But there is a hyrax.  And the hyrax’s closest relative is the elephant.  Seriously.  Turns out their toenails are similar.


Cape of Good Hope, South Africa.

Olympus OMD EM5, Lumix 20mm @ f/2.8.