Netherlands Antilles : Photos

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Cruising

A caribbean reef shark (Carcharhinus perezi) cruising over the reef. We almost never see sharks on Bonaire (the topography of the island isn't suitable for them), but on this dive we were graced with their close-up visits throughout the dive and up to four at once. To put that in perspective, in our last 500 dives, we have seen nurse sharks on 2-3 of them and a reef shark briefly in the distance on one of them.

We did NOT chum for them. They showed up and were curious about us, but we never felt threatened. Our other sightings on the dive included crevale jacks (rare), queen triggerfish (rare), ocean triggerfish (rare), hogfish (rare), green moray, several large groupers (uncommon, unfortunately), green turtle and a large "fish ball" (uncommon) of mostly schoolmasters and mahogany snappers. All on one dive. One for the record books.




Table for three

Green turtles (Chelonia mydas) tend to be solitary. In this case they seemed to tolerate each other, maybe because the sea grass was plentiful or too tasty. They also were not concerned with my presence.

Sea grass is their main food source, and is what makes their fat green, which gives them their name (rather than the color of their shell). They are listed as "endangered" by IUCN. Threats include the harvesting of turtle eggs (which is still legal in many countries) and bycatch from fishing, among others.

I was shooting into the sun and they were kicking up plenty of sand, hence the "haze". But maybe it adds a bit to the photo.

In social interactions they say that "three is a crowd", but compositionally speaking, three feels just right.




Blue-tailed emerald

A male blue-tailed emerald (Chlorostilbon mellisugus) feeding on the flower of an aloe.

The males let out a distinctive chirp each time they move positions, which really helps to locate them. The females don't seem to chirp, so they are harder to spot and therefore to photograph.




Longsnout seahorse (Hippocampus reidi)

Seahorses are endearing creatures. Of course, they have no connection to land horses (they are fish), but who can't fall in love with its horse-like face, its gentle demeanor, and the fact that male carries the eggs.

I don't have a snoot to focus my strobe lights, but the terrain was perfect to yield some light on the seahorse and nothing else.




Making sand!

Or maybe the caption could be ...
"Mister Ed becomes a fish"

This is a stoplight parrotfish (spansoma viride) chopping down on a dead coral face to scrape off some algae. Doing so helps to keep the reef clean. And the byproduct is the fine sand seen on the beaches.

Parrotfishes are like squirrels - you think they are amazing when you first see one, and then you find out that they are everywhere. That said, they do happen to be beautiful fish, just hard to photograph - it is easy to approach to about 1-2 meters and then they turn to swim away. I snuck up on this one around the coral head and caught it mid bite. While diving you can hear their grinding on the reef.




Layover on Saint-Martin before we fly to Amsterdam

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Layover on Saint-Martin before we fly to Amsterdam




Spinyhead blenny

These tiny guys (think the tip of your pinky finger) are common, but photogenic. The side view highlights the cirri above his eyes.

They make their home in a coral head and dart out to feed on plankton floating by.

I have listed this as a spinyhead blenny (acanthemblemaria spinosa), but to be honest, I am not 100% sure. It might be a roughhead blenny or a papillose blenny. I have had somewhat heated discussions with different divers over blenny identification.




Blenny and sponge

A redlip blenny (Ophioblennius atlanticus) in a white morph phase sitting on a yellow sponge. They are common in Bonaire, but tricky to photograph because they tend to be in shallow water (more swell) and are skittish.




Purple tube sponge

Enjoying a beautiful, healthy reef. The purple tube sponges (Aplysina archeri) are relatively common. But they are still very photogenic.




Coral rubble

The semipalmated plover (Charadrius semipalmatus) breeds in the arctic, but there is no snow in this image ... its coral rubble. Mostly bolder coral from what I can tell. It will be a long flight to its breeding grounds!




Cyanobacteria in the way

This green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas) is trying to eat a breakfast of sea grass (reddish brown strands), but needs to use its flippers to push out of its way sand and cyanobacteria (yellow slime). Cyanobacteria blooms are caused by excessive nutrients in the water, probably due to human activity (e.g., untreated sewage reaching the ocean). This section of the reef was covered in a field of slime as far as could be seen in any direction. On a positive note, the mat of cyanobacteria didn't seem quite as extensive or as thick as it was several months prior. Maybe the bloom will wane?

The green sea turtle gets its name from its green fat due to its diet of sea grass. It is listed as endangered by IUCN, with the usual threats of habitat loss and harvesting. Sea Turtle Conservation Bonaire (www.bonaireturtles.org) is dedicated towards their preservation:




Where are my dentures?

A chain moray (Echidna catenata) found much deeper (10m) than usual. Chains don't have the long, sharp teeth common among the other morays because they are not primarily fish eaters. Instead, they go after crabs. Hence, they tend to be found in shallow waters, sometimes in tidal pools. And their blunt teeth are adapted for crushing shells, which gives them a "I am missing my dentures" look about them.

Although the open mouths of morays can be a bit intimidating, it isn't actually an aggressive sign - they open and close their mouths to pump water over their gills.




Başbakan Ahmet Davutoğlu Hollanda’da - 10 Şubat 2016

Başbakan Ahmet Davutoğlu, Hollanda'daki temasları çerçevesinde Hollanda Türk toplumu temsilcileriyle Lahey Hilton Otel'de bir araya geldi. Başbakan Davutoğlu, burada bir konuşma yaptı. Toplantıya Başbakan Yardımcıları Yalçın Akdoğan (sol 3) ve Lütfi Elvan (solda), İçişleri Bakanı Efkan Ala (sağ 2), Türkiye'nin Lahey Büyükelçisi Sadık Arslan da (sol 2) katıldı. ( Mehmet Kaman - Anadolu Ajansı )




Başbakan Ahmet Davutoğlu Hollanda’da - 10 Şubat 2016

Başbakan Ahmet Davutoğlu, Kimyasal Silahların Yasaklanması Örgütü (KSYÖ) Genel Direktörü Ahmet Üzümcü (solda) ile Lahey'de yaptığı görüşmenin ardından açıklamalarda bulundu. ( Mehmet Kaman - Anadolu Ajansı )




Başbakan Ahmet Davutoğlu Hollanda’da - 10 Şubat 2016

Başbakan Ahmet Davutoğlu eşi Sare Davutoğlu ile Hollanda'ya geldi. Davutoğlu'nu Rotterdam The Hague Havalimanı'nda Türkiye’nin Lahey Büyükelçisi Sadık Arslan, Rotterdam Başkonsolosu Sadin Ayyıldız, Deventer Başkonsolosu Zafer Ateş ve Amsterdam Başkonsolosu Tolga Orkun ile diğer ilgililer karşıladı. ( Hakan Göktepe - Anadolu Ajansı )




Başbakan Ahmet Davutoğlu Hollanda’da - 10 Şubat 2016

Başbakan Ahmet Davutoğlu, Hollanda'daki temasları çerçevesinde Hollanda Türk toplumu temsilcileriyle Lahey Hilton Otel'de bir araya geldi. Başbakan Davutoğlu, burada bir konuşma yaptı. Toplantıya Başbakan Yardımcıları Yalçın Akdoğan (sol 3) ve Lütfi Elvan (solda), İçişleri Bakanı Efkan Ala (sağ 2), Türkiye'nin Lahey Büyükelçisi Sadık Arslan da (sol 2) katıldı. ( Mehmet Kaman - Anadolu Ajansı )




Başbakan Ahmet Davutoğlu Hollanda’da - 10 Şubat 2016

Başbakan Ahmet Davutoğlu, Hollanda'nın Lahey şehrindeki temasları çerçevesinde, Hollanda Başbakanı Mark Rutte ile Başbakanlık Konutu'nda görüştü. Görüşmenin ardından ortak basın toplantısı düzenlendi. ( Mehmet Kaman - Anadolu Ajansı )




Başbakan Ahmet Davutoğlu Hollanda’da - 10 Şubat 2016

Başbakan Ahmet Davutoğlu eşi Sare Davutoğlu ile Hollanda'ya geldi. Davutoğlu'nu Rotterdam The Hague Havalimanı'nda Türkiye’nin Lahey Büyükelçisi Sadık Arslan, Rotterdam Başkonsolosu Sadin Ayyıldız, Deventer Başkonsolosu Zafer Ateş ve Amsterdam Başkonsolosu Tolga Orkun ile diğer ilgililer karşıladı. ( Hakan Göktepe - Anadolu Ajansı )




Başbakan Ahmet Davutoğlu Hollanda’da - 10 Şubat 2016

Başbakan Ahmet Davutoğlu, Hollanda ziyareti kapsamında, Merkezi Lahey'de bulunan Kimyasal Silahların Yasaklanması Örgütü (KSYÖ) Genel Direktörü Büyükelçi Ahmet Üzümcü’yü (sağda) ziyaret etti. ( Hakan Göktepe - Anadolu Ajansı )




Başbakan Ahmet Davutoğlu Hollanda’da - 10 Şubat 2016

Başbakan Ahmet Davutoğlu, Hollanda'daki temasları kapsamında Hollanda Başbakanı Mark Rutte (sağda) ile bir araya geldi. ( Hakan Göktepe - Anadolu Ajansı )





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