Readers’ wildlife photos

Today’s photos comprise an underwater montage from reader Peter Klaver. Peter’s notes are indented.

Here are some diving pictures of ‘(mostly) static’ underwater wildlife, shot on diving trips in Mozambique, Malaysian Borneo, and Australia. The first four are hard corals in the genus Acropora. The one on the first photo may be Acropora digitifera.

The two below are brain corals, the first one possibly being Diploria strigosa, but it could be something else too.


Here is a photo from a dive in very clear water, with the bottom looking like an underwater garden.

And I have no idea of the Latin names of these last two.


  1. ladyatheist
    Posted June 1, 2019 at 8:22 am | Permalink

    Really beautiful!

  2. Christopher
    Posted June 1, 2019 at 9:10 am | Permalink

    Is that one of the “giant” clams, genus Tridacna?

    And did anyone else read this post with Jacques Cousteau in their heads as narrator?

    • Peter Klaver
      Posted June 1, 2019 at 11:06 am | Permalink

      It is a giant clam, I think this one is Tridacna gigas.

      • Christopher
        Posted June 1, 2019 at 1:16 pm | Permalink

        I’ve been fascinated by them since I was a kid. Like the Galapagos tortoises, the biggest of the typically small things have always caught my attention. Thanks for sharing!

  3. rickflick
    Posted June 1, 2019 at 9:18 am | Permalink

    Wonderful. The reefs are a-callin’.

  4. nay
    Posted June 1, 2019 at 11:43 am | Permalink

    The starfish’s name is Patrick. (Ducking out of the way now)

    • Christopher
      Posted June 1, 2019 at 1:18 pm | Permalink

      Somebody had to say it. We were all thinking it.

  5. Mark R.
    Posted June 1, 2019 at 12:49 pm | Permalink

    The “underwater garden” looks to be mostly made up of gorgonian corals; probably my favorite type of soft coral. Thanks for sharing these marine jewels.

  6. Posted June 1, 2019 at 1:44 pm | Permalink

    Wow! Those are very cool. Thank you for sharing.

  7. Posted June 2, 2019 at 2:45 am | Permalink

    Amazing! The brain corals look fantastic!

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