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.
2 weeks ago
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
1 month ago
Highlights from May's blackwater dives off Palm Beach, Florida.
All shot with a Nikon D850 attached with a 60mm lens inside a Nauticam housing lit with dual Ikelite DS 161 strobes and Big Blue VTL6300P focus light. ... See MoreSee Less
2 months ago
Lots of life on last Sundays blackwater dive off Palm Beach, Florida. Two rarities made appearances during my dive with the first being an absolutely stunning deepwater species of Cusk eel and a Snaketooth Swallower at the very end of the dive. Other nice surprises were a small Pancake Batfish and a male Nautilus.
*** The Cusk eel and Snaketooth Swallower are both extremely rare species rarely seen by divers and the Cusk eel has never been seen in Florida to my knowledge prior to this sighting. ... See MoreSee Less