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very nice, keep em comin
 

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TGIF!

Time for a new set of pics: Great Barrier Reef, Cairns, Australia

This set has the distinction of being the first time I ever SCUBA dived (2008) ...and the first time I ever used a camera underwater :) (Canon S1-IS and custom Canon housing)

the initial pics aren't too spectacular as I was working out the settings on the camera (and it didn't shoot RAW, unfortunately).

enjoy!

sunset over the GBR


reef fish waiting patiently for us to throw out our breakfast leftovers


this is the first pic I ever took underwater! (turbinaria sp.)


and the second pic is of a sea turtle :)


it was hard keeping up with this guy


this section of the reef was heavily laden with softies










platygyra sp.


light blue stag


fields and fields of stag coral everywhere


my first, ever selfie! ....I was doing it before it became cool haha
 

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you haven't seen anything yet :)

I have about 200 pics from the GBR to post here ....wait 'til you see some of the SPS close-ups I got - I guarantee some of you SPS nerds and poindexters will piss your pants in excitement
 

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large blue-spot stingray




pink skunk clowns in an anemone


SPS island in the sand (little overexposed!)


one of the most gorgeous yellow leathers ive ever seen...beats my Tongan yellow, hands down




huge tridacna sp. clam


check out that blue stag!






 

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Heading waaaay up north for work....time to get a few pics posted before I go! :D







the "small" one on the left is about a foot long if my memory serves me right












 

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man those stags are growing like bushes on land! the ones just off the sand, just how big are they?
The one in the pic would be the size of one of those piddly Smart cars. However, there were colonies I recall being as big as cars, some even as long as a school bus. One of my certification dives was in a less "beautiful" area of the reef (lest we damage the corals while we're trying to do the tests) and all I remember was seeing forests of stag corals....all over the place.
 

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update

(If you can help me ID the SPS corals here, that'd be great)

















yellow-tail fusilier


sunset....check out that silver lining ;)


six banded angel


sea cucumber...this guy was HUGE....about the length of a motorbike




this was the first time I ever laid eyes on a sea turtle in the wild! I think this one is a Hawksbill....but i'm not 100% sure.
 

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Moorish Idol




Sea Cucumber


huge porites colony/Christmas worm coral


This was my first time seeing a. ocellaris in the wild. Everyone in the dive group swarmed in and that's why there's a lot of sediment being kicked up




some sort of encrusting montipora?




pocillopora verrucosa








acropora and pocillopora hanging out like old pals


lots of sergeant majors about
 
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