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Australia
Great Barrier Reef & Coral Sea
Diving on the Spoilsport

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False Clownfish Anemone fish


aNEMOne fish


Teira Batfish


Teira Batfish


White Tipped Reef Shark

Reef Scallop - The red-orange dots are it's eyes! Unlike clams, scallops can swim and they can rest in unlikely places, like in the middle of this coral.
Reef Scallop - The red-orange dots are it's eyes!
Unlike clams, scallops can swim and they can rest in unlikely places, like in the middle of this coral.


Moorish Idols


Christmas Tree Worm


Crinoid


Soft Coral


Pineapple Sea Cucumber


Sweetlips - maybe Silver or Giant species


Yours truly trying to get a shot of the Potato Cod, which is a large grouper.


Grouper and fellow divers


Jessica behind a giant clam

 


Lionfish

 


Moray Eel


Napoleon Wrasse

Anemone fish


Nudibranch


This Nudibranch had a very very small shrimp or something on it, perhaps cleaning it.


Parrot fish at night


Sharks -  mostly White Tip Reef Sharks


Remora or Sharksucker. These were attached to the sharks and would sometimes try to attach to us.


Speckled Sandperch


Double-saddle Butterflyfish, a Latticed Butterflyfish and a pair of Black-Backed Butterflyfish

 


Pennant Bannerfish


Arc-Eye Hawkfish


Red Brittle Starfish on White Coral with Blue Christmas Tree worm


Green Urn Sea Squirts

Hiding, but curious


Damselfish checking me out


Two beautiful Pacific Sailfin Tang. Check out below what they look like when they extend their fins..


Pacific Sailfin Tang.. Awesome!


Giant Clams


Each clam had a different pattern.


A Humpnose Unicornfish followed by Trevally


Sea Cucumber and Titan Triggerfish


      
Morrison's Dragonet - (Synchiropus morrisoni) - related to the mandarinfish

Morrison's Dragonet (Synchiropus morrisoni)


Longnose Butterflyfish (Forcipiger longirostris)


Brightly colored Mushroom or Razor Coral


Not sure if the small guy is about to clean the bigger Pufferfish or serve as it's dinner.
I do think the bigger one might be an algae eater though.


Sable Squirrelfish ..about 18 inches long


 Threadfin Butterflyfish (Chaetodon auriga)


Moorish Idol


Coming up to check out where the boat is.


Sea Pearls - These are single cell Green Algae that are up to 2 inches across.  I have seen them in Bonaire as well. They are probably the largest single cell creatures around. Coated with lavender crust algae.


Slingjaw Wrasse


Moorish Idol


This Potato Cod was hanging out at the shark dive

 

Getting back on the boat.. the way all these dives end. Hopefully.


Australian flag and gull


Mike Ball's Spoilsport anchored at Lizard Island, where we took the small plane
back down the Great Barrier Reef to Cairns to continue our trip

Next stop > Daintree, Cape Tribulation and the outback to Cooktown

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