Steve Rosenberg

Fantastic Feather Stars and the Creatures Within

March 13, 2018 - 18:05
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Crinoids, or "feather stars" as they are commonly known to the scuba diving community, are echinoderms, members of the phylum Echinodermata, meaning "spiny skin," which includes many well-known species like sea stars, sea urchins and brittle stars. Their highest concentrations are found around Indonesia, the Philippines, the Solomon Islands and Australia's Great Barrier Reef.

Many divers who have traveled to the Indo-Pacific are familiar with feather stars and admire them for their bright colors and interesting shapes. Feather stars are also well known to divers because of their propensity to attach to the wetsuits of careless divers.

The Clowns of the Ocean: Anemonefishes of the Indo-Pacific

January 17, 2018 - 17:02
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Anemonefish are aptly referred to as "clownfish" because of their swimming behavior. It is interesting to note that the different varieties of clownfish exhibit very different characteristics. Some are shy homebodies, some can be very aggressive, and some even share their host anemones with other species.

The entire Indo-Pacific region abounds in unique and beautiful varieties of vertebrate marine life. Scuba divers from all over the world are drawn to the Indo-Pacific by the excitement and diversity found beneath the surface of the ocean.

Diving with Dinosaurs: The Galápagos Marine Iguana

March 01, 2017 - 17:39
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The Galápagos archipelago, a chain of islands in the Pacific Ocean about 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador, is like no other place on earth. More than a hundred islets, rocks and 13 main islands make up the Galápagos. It is home to strange creatures found nowhere else. This is one of the few places in the world where you can scuba dive and snorkel with animals which remind one of the dinosaurs of ages past.

The marine iguana (Amblyrhynchus cristatus), found only in the Galápagos Islands, is a marine reptile that closely resembles the movie adaptation of Godzilla. It has the unique ability among modern lizards to forage for food in the sea.