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Squat shrimp (Thor amboinensis)

A small shrimp in a giant anemone (Condylactis gigantea). The emphasis is on "small", probably smaller than 1 cm in length. They are relatively common, but an uncooperative subject - they usually stay deep inside the anemone, with the outer tentacles blocking an image, and they always face away from the camera.




Say cheeeeese!

Thanksgiving is tomorrow (in the U.S.) and many are shopping, cleaning and traveling to get ready to enjoy tomorrow. It is not easy to find an underwater image that might be connected to Thanksgiving. But Thanksgiving is a feel good holiday and how can you not smirk just a tiny bit when you see this balloonfish's goofy smile!?!?

Balloonfish can point their eyes in independent directions. Usually, when I am trying to get a portrait shot, one eye is looking at me and the other is scanning around for other dangers. Finally, I was able to catch a moment with both eyes in my direction.

If anyone understands the iridescence in their eyes, please share. (Zoom in to see what I mean.) Those sparkles are fascinating.

We mostly see balloonfish at night, but this one was resting next to a ledge in the late afternoon. They eat snails, hermit crabs and urchins. When threatened they "balloon" up to form a big ball with their spiky spines sticking out.




Curaçao Flag Day

A scouting group with kids performing on Flag Day.




Curaçao Flag Day

A marching/brass band performing on Flag Day.




Evil eye

The lionfish (Pterois volitans) is an invasive species in the Caribbean (they are endemic to the Indian and Pacific oceans). They have a large appetite (mostly for juvenile fish) and few natural predators.

Fortunately, they are also delicious - if you have an opportunity to eat lionfish, please do. You will be doing a good thing and you will enjoy it tremendously. The white meat has a firm texture and a mild, somewhat buttery flavor. As a ceviche it is fabulous.

Because they are good to eat, hunters can earn some income culling them from the reef. Consequently, on Bonaire they are now reasonably uncommon at normal depths - we are told that the lionfish have gone deeper, which makes them much harder to reach.




PJ-SEG MD-82 ALM-Antillean Airlines

Miami 27.4.92

copyright © 1992 Chris Chennell




PJ-SEH MD-82 ALM-Antillean Airlines

Miami 27.4.92

copyright © 1992 Chris Chennell




Flying through Snell's window

Good to be back underwater! And turtles are among our favorite subjects.

This green turtle (Chelonia mydas - www.worldwildlife.org/species/green-turtle) was coming down from a breadth at the surface - they can go up and down but us human divers wait at the bottom for them to return to avoid too much pressure change. Their decent gives an opportunity to take a shot looking up through Snell's window.

Snell's window (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snell%27s_window) is the phenomenon in which an underwater viewer can see through the surface to the sky above. It occurs at a 96 degree angle. If the surface is smooth, then the window looks like a circular opening. In this case, due to waves, the edge of the window isn't well defined, but the transition from light escaping and not is mostly just to the right of the turtle, leaving the turtle inside the window with the sky above. The waves on the right side are from light bouncing back from the surface, trapped underwater.




N3775U Douglas DC-7C Antilles Air Cargo

Miami 27.4.92

copyright © 1992 Chris Chennell




N665F Lockheed L-188A(F) Electra ALM-Antillean Airlines Cargo

Miami 28.4.92

copyright © 1992 Chris Chennell




Phillipsburg, Saint Maarten Island, NED

Jorge.do.Brasil posted a photo:

Phillipsburg, Saint Maarten Island, NED




Phillipsburg, Saint Maarten Island, NED

Jorge.do.Brasil posted a photo:

Phillipsburg, Saint Maarten Island, NED




Phillipsburg, Saint Maarten Island, NED

Jorge.do.Brasil posted a photo:

Phillipsburg, Saint Maarten Island, NED




Phillipsburg, Saint Maarten Island, NED

Jorge.do.Brasil posted a photo:

Phillipsburg, Saint Maarten Island, NED




Phillipsburg, Saint Maarten Island, NED

Jorge.do.Brasil posted a photo:

Phillipsburg, Saint Maarten Island, NED




PJ-SEG MD-82 ALM-Antillean Airlines

Miami 9.11.89

copyright © 1989 Chris Chennell




PJ-SEG MD-82 ALM-Antillean Airlines

Miami 9.11.89

copyright © 1989 Chris Chennell




Waves

Wild waters of Boka Pistol. Curacao, Netherlands Antilles.




Salt works on Bonaire, Netherlands Antilles

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Much of Bonaire's Southern half has been made into a giant system of ponds and pools which take seawater and allow incrimental evaporation of the water until the only remaining product is sea salt. Bonaire's solar salt works produces 400,000 tons of industrial grade salt per year primarily using wind to operate windmill-driven pumps and gates and the sun to evaporate the collected seawater.

Submitted: 09/12/2017
Accepted: 14/12/2017

Published:
- KLM AMS/MS (Netherlands) 11-Jan-2018
- CARGILL CORPORATE AFFAIRS (MINNESOTA) 27-Sep-2018
- RTL Nederland B.V. (Netherlands) 01-May-2019
- Cambridge University Press (United Kingdom (Great Britain)) 19-Jun-2019
- Cambridge University Press (United Kingdom (Great Britain)) 09-Jul-2019




Beach and cave

Curacao, Netherlands Antilles.





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