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Sep
20
2010
from: Sean Dyer

 

I was out on the boat yesterday diving at Ene'nu'i dive spot at Molokini. We had some swell but the fish were out in force. Very close to the mooring is a rock covered with a black sponge and 2 large Black Margin Nudibranchs. The are only observed a handful of times in Hawaii but are common in Indonesia, etc. These nudibranchs have been there for a few years now and have been observed laying eggs.
I was taking photos with a 105 mm lens with a diopter. It was very hard to get a shot since the nudis are in a tight crack and you have to shoot up... Next time I'll try to get more photos.

 

Black Margin Nudibranch

Black Margin Nudibranch

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Posting: 2010-09-20 00:00:00
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Tags: black margin nudibranch, ene nui, molokini
Aug
09
2010
from: Sean Dyer

 

Here is a video from diving Reefs End off Molokini. I dropped down over the finger and headed towards the inside of the crater going over the sand channel to see the Snake Eel and Garden Eels, then over to Middle Reef to see some nice corals. I see a lot of room for improvement in the video, but it was fun seeing these great critters off Molokini. It's really a wonderful place to dive!

 

Sean

 

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Posting: 2010-08-09 00:00:00
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Tags: maui, molokini, reefs end
Jul
30
2010
from: Sean Dyer

I was out on the boat today and my mission was the take some photos of the Dragon Moray in residence at Pu'u Olai (Red Hill). Stan has formed a special bond with this critter but he has yet to give the Dragon Moray a name. I have seen a Dragon Moray at Lanai, but never during my South Maui Scuba Diving. The eel was very skittish and it took some patience and some encouragement for the eel to poke his head out. I used my dioper to dangle in front of the eel hoping it would see it's reflection. On 2 ocassions the eel poked its head out and let me take a shot...

Here are the shots:
Dragon Moray Maui

 

Dragon Moray Maui

We saw 3 frogfish, a group of Eagle Rays, a Henshaw's Snake Eel in the sand channel, and lots of the common critters at this site. At Molokini we did Reef's End Drift and saw several White Tip Reef Sharks, 3 Grey Reef Sharks with one being fairly large. At the start we saw some Blue Dragon Nudibranchs (several) along with the usual suspects. The wind was picking up and the current was moving towards the end of the dive... A great day diving!

 

Sean

 

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Posting: 2010-07-30 00:00:00
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May
09
2010
from: Sean Dyer

Undulated Moray Wide

Undulated Moray Teeth

 

 

Last week my dad and I were on the boat and we dove Pu'u Olai (Red Hill) for the 2nd dive. At the end of the dive we headed out into deeper water and ran into a nice patch reef that had a massive lunker Undulated Moray inside. He was old and BIG! It was great seeing such a large moray on the reef. Red Hill has lots of interesting critters and the deeper spots offer lots on unique critters. Check out the size of these teeth... We gave him a lot of distance since the Undulated Morays are supposed to be nasty!


Sean

 

 

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Posting: 2010-05-09 00:00:00
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Tags: deep red hill, patch reef, undulated moray
May
08
2010
from: Sean Dyer

 

After Blesi gave me an approximate location of some Hawaiian Seahorses, I went out in search of these rare critters. My first dive was in bad conditions but I did find 3 seahorses. This past friday conditions were much improved, although my aperture was stuck at F10 which produced a lot of slightly blurry shots on the nose, etc... But I did end up getting a few ok shots.

It turns out the Maui Ocean center has been breeding the seahorses and releasing them into the ocean, thus the increase in population! I'm happy about that!

 

Here is one of a brown Seahorse.

 

hawaiian seahorse

Here is a yellow one. One source says the yellow seahorses are female.

Yellow Seahorse

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Posting: 2010-05-08 00:00:00
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