Reader Joe Dickinson has sent us a last batch of photos he took while snorkeling off Moorea. His notes are indented:
A few last shots from Moorea, including fish species it took me a while to identify, some still not identified, and some miscellaneous non-fish.First, a redfin or oval butterflyfish (Chaetodon lunulatus).
Orange lined triggerfish (Balistapus undulatus).
A pair of sail fin tang (Zebrasoma veliferum). I noticed that a number of species seem to travel in sets of two, but I don’t know if they are male/female pairs.
Blotcheye soldierefish (Myripristis berndti) hung out in large groups along a rock wall where they could retreat into crevices if alarmed.
The blue spotted toby (Canthigaster solandri) is a species of puffer.
I believe this is some kind of hawkfish (family Cirrhitidae), but I can’t make a firm identification. It “perches” on a coral head near a hole into which it can retreat.
Here’s an interesting one that I’ve failed completely to identify. Any clues from a reader?
Now for a couple of group shots that give a sense of how diverse and colorful this environment is.
The resort we stayed at hosts a sea turtle rehabilitation facility. I believe this is a juvenile green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas).
They also have a “Dolphin Encounter” with bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncates). I have mixed feelings about this use of captive animals, but I have to admit that this individual seemed almost as pleased to have a tummy rub as does my d*g.
Out of the water, this brown booby (Sula leucogaster) perched frequently on the roof of our bungalow, sometimes overnight.
Finally, I dare say this is one of the most unusual snorkeling photos I’ve taken. The blurry spot in the center is due to a drop of water on the “window” that covers the lens. My wife must never know that I shared this.