The Golden Mantis shrimp was previously known only inhabit the waters of the West Pacific, but I was lucky enough to spot one at the Blue Heron Bridge in Riviera Beach, Florida. I was diving on the west side of the bridge, sighting the mantis up on the sandbar towards the snorkel trail. Being so young and not knowing the significance of what I had spotted, I only snapped off a few photos before moving on. Post dive, Suzan Meldonian (my mentor at the time) and I were going over the photos from the dive and she notices the Golden Mantis shrimp amongst my photos. She said she had never seen one there before, and coming from someone who has hundreds of dives there this was significant. I sent the photos to the Florida Museum of Natural History to see if this is indeed a new species in the area.
4 weeks ago
The highlight of my dive last night was coming across this young female Paper Nautilus riding on a siphonophore at ~70ft. Photographed off Palm Beach, Florida.
Shot using a Nikon D850, 60mm lens, Nauitcam housing, dual Ikelite DS 161 strobes, and Bigblue focus lights.
1/200 sec, f22, ISO 320 ... See MoreSee Less
A cooperative Sharpear Enope squid I encountered during my last blackwater dive off Palm Beach, Florida. It posed quite often, giving me a good chance at getting that symmetrical pose they are so famous for.
Photographed with a Nikon D850 attached with a 60mm lens, lit with dual Ikelite DS 161s shot under red light at 1/250 sec, f25, ISO 320. ... See MoreSee Less