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 days ago
"D" is for Dragonfish. Photographed during a blackwater night dive off Palm Beach, Florida. ... See MoreSee Less
3 weeks ago
Epic blackwater life lately!
Photographing planktonic aliens while drifting over the deep at night out in the Gulf Stream off Palm Beach, Florida aboard Pura Vida Divers
Sea Elephant ➡️ Longarm Octopus ➡️ Tonguefish ➡️ Seahorse ➡️ Male Paper Nautilus ➡️ Phronima amphipod inside a salp.
Photographed with a Nikon D850, 60 mm lens, dual Ikelite DS 161 strobes. ... See MoreSee Less
3 months ago
Spotted anemone shrimp on a Giant Caribbean Sea anemone.
Photographed in the Bahamas using a Nikon D7000 with a 60mm lens. ... See MoreSee Less
7 months ago
Pelagic nudibranch in free fall
Photographed during a blackwater dive off the coast of West Palm Beach, FL ... See MoreSee Less