Reader Joe Dickinson sends us rarities: underwater photos of reef fish. His notes are indented:
About a year and a half ago I sent a batch of photos, mostly under water, from French Polynesia. We returned recently just to Moorea for a week of binge snorkeling (with some other activities thrown in when I became too waterlogged). Here is an initial set of the results. I’ll send more over the next week or two as I get them edited and identified.
First, we can set the scene with a shot approaching Moorea by Ferry, with the surrounding reef indicated by a line of surf.
Then a view from the deck of our “bungalow” from which we could descend directly into the lagoon (note the ladder from the similar neighboring unit at the far left):
Now to the fish. The blue lined surgeonfish (Acanthurus lineatus) was, to the best of my aging memory, a new species for me.
A dash-dot goatfish (Parupeneus basrberinus).
A school of convict surgeonfish (Acanthurus triostegus).
Those last two species together.