Sunday, October 15, 2017

Loreto Diving part 2

More diving photos from Loreto, Baja, Mexico from our second four days of diving. We've had some great long dives. The other day we did two 90 minute dives. Great to have so much time to look around, but 3 hours underwater is tiring!

I'm afraid there are a lot of photos. Because I don't dive that often I get excited about all the new (and amazing) subjects.

One of the recurring themes is the abundance of the fish.

Shelley and bigreye jack/trevally

Sergeant majors

The first few sea turtles we saw were in the distance and it was hard to get good photos, but we finally found one that let us get a little closer.


Green moray eels are quite common, but we didn't see as many of the smaller Jeweled moray eels:

Jeweled moray eel

This was the only giant jawfish that we saw. (Of course, Rafael was the one who found it.) It's amazing how they can build a stone lined hole in the sand with only their mouth. They tend to be quite shy so it's hard to get good photos of them.

giant jawfish

Another less common find. I think it's a tube anemone. I love the bright center color.

tube anemone

This stuff is everywhere. It looks quite attractive close up, but from experience I can tell you it's not a good idea to stick your hand in stinging hydroids when you're busy trying to take photos!

Stinging hydroids

I can never understand divers that only want to see the big stuff like sharks. There's so much other interesting stuff to look at. I thought I was taking a photo of the orange cup coral, and then I noticed this tiny red-head goby on it.

Redhead goby

The blennies in their holes are another good example. They are quite small and it's easy to overlook them, but once you start to notice them you realize that they are everywhere. They are another tricky one to photograph because when you try to get close they also hide in their holes.


Another small, well camouflaged fish that doesn't like you to get too close with the camera. Love the eyes and the "crown".

Lizard triplefin (?)

These guys are bigger and when they defending their "nest" (the cleared area on the rock behind) they don't run away, so they're a little easier to photograph. They aren't colorful but they have such bright blue eyes!

Giant damselfish defending nest site

The yellow-tailed surgeonfish are a bit more colorful.

Yellowtail surgeonfish

As are the lobsters close up:

lobster closeup

It can be difficult to figure out what someone is pointing at underwater. Rafael motioned me over to look at something in this soft coral, but I assumed it was going to be something tiny like a shrimp and it took me forever to see the fish. Thankfully it stayed put long enough to take its picture.

Long-nose hawkfish

Interesting shape and pattern on these sea stars:

Bradley's sea star

At some of the dive sites there are beaches nearby where we can land in between dives. This beautiful spot is known as Honeymoon Bay.

Honeymoon bay on Danzante Island

The water is so clear that the boat almost looks like it's in mid air.

dive boat in clear water

I happened to catch this guy as he flew by: (it looks blue underneath but that's just the reflection of the water)

pelican in flight

If you still want more after all these, see all 91 photos in this album.

Note: I'm not an expert at identifying all this stuff. If you notice any mistakes, please let me know!

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