Travel Photography Photos tagged as underwater
There r plenty of churches in Italy and plenty of outstanding mosaics in Ravenna. So, why St. Francis? Allright, it's the earliest example in Italy of the decorative use of majolica. It is also very beautiful outside - u can see on other photos here . Plus it stuck between tomb of Dante Alighieri and to Cripta Rasponi (Palazzo dela Provinsia) - both are famose themselves. The significance of this church is that remaining mosaic floor of crypt (9-10C) is under water.
Here is Giant Moray Eel - actually only the head of Moray. Normally they hide themselves in the rocks, as their long and massive body is not safe at opened waters. Then it is siting with open mouth and hunting all that comes into (exceptof cleaners who enter and leave free). Moray has poor eyesight but an excellent sense of smell. They can reach up to 3m, then they get so huge that already doesnt have anemies. I have seen few times huge morays free swimming. Quite amazing thing, i have to say.
"Salem Express", sadly known as Egyptian Titanic
Here composed few of night dive photos. Normally night animals are differ then those whic u see at day dives. Top left - it was really big star, about 1m. Bottom left - yellow anemones, looking like flowers, but they are animals. When they feel you near they escape inside their "tube"-leg. At top right side - amazing creature - Spansh dancer. Its large nudibrunch (mollusk), usually red. The animal was given the common name "Spanish dancer" because the whirling swimming movement, and the red color of the mantle, are reminiscent of the skirt movements of a flamenco dancer. Bottom right - young and tiny lionfish.
This funny creature is Pencil Urchin.
The hairy one, sitting on the coral - is kind of star, actually.
We where diving the wreck (The Carnatic is a beautiful 19th Century British cargo ship that lies on Sha'ab Abu Nuhas Reef) and there a big group of dolphins appeared. It was quite amazing, they are courious animals, so they came very near. There were 2 large mammas with 3 dolphin-kids, and 7 more young dolphins of different sizes.
One of the cutiest sea creatures! While divng in Red Sea waters you have a chance to meet all sizes of turtles - from kitty-size to huge creatures, around 2 m lenth.
JackFish Alley is a drift dive near the coral wall. But there are few beautiful caves in the reef, the 1st one is at about 40m deep, others are less deep.
Blue-spotted Ray is one of my favorites. They are pretty common in this area, but still I do love to meet them. I like his angry yellow (cat's!) eye; I like him swimming, like a flyin blanket; I like when he covers himself with sand (like in this photo) - to "hide" himself from courious eyes. Spotted Ray doesnt have much anemies, as he has a "poisoned" spine on the tail. He doesnt afraid from divers as well but doesn't look for company of human creatures.
Last week Andre & me did few dives at our home-reef of Ben Harush in Eilat. Even it supposed to be just refreshing dive after unfortunate pause, still there were some nice things to see. Good visibility in October and sea is still very warm.
Morays are pretty common fish in Red Sea. You can meet them at different sizes - from tiny finger-sized baby-moray to giant up to 3 m (10.0 ft) with horse-head. "Thanks" to silly movies, they have bad reputation of vicious animals, but it's not true. Moray is shy and never interested to meet human, and sure doesn't look for fight. They have poor vision and rely mostly on their acute sense of smell, also their body is too long to feel safe - which makes them hiding under rocks, just sitting there with wide-opened mouth and waiting for food coming alone. Only very young (inexperienced !) or giant (so huge that doesnt has enemies) could allow themselves to swim in open water.
Aquaba Gulf of Red Sea. Eilat, Israel. Lizardfish almost never swims, it sitts on the ground and patienly waits for food coming near.
Lionfish is another citisen of Red Sea. They are very common, attractive, not scared from anyone and pretty dangeous as well. Usually, lionfish are not aggressive toward humans and will almost always keep their distance when given the opportunity, so they pose a relatively low risk. In addition, their stings are not deadly, but they are very painful. But look at this baby with his "gely wings" - i think it was very touching! :-)
So called because it folds it's neck sideways to fit it into it's shell instead of retracting it.
I guess this is a manta ray? Its hard to tell from underneath.