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Today we changed to a new island (Bora Bora), but here a few shots and videos that I took yesterday at a motou in Moorea.

First up, a moorish idol getting a cleaning from a cleaner wrasse. There were 2 other wrasses doing cleaning as well, the other 2 were very pretty, half yellow and purple. They had a regular garage setup with all the locals stopping in as they swam by.



The fish in this area are not afraid of people as they get fed my the resort staff. Probably the reason I was able to get a video of a moorish idol without chasing him around and never getting close. But, the side effect is they beg like dogs. Coming right up to you and expecting a treat.

Here is a wrasse giving me puppy eyes. After several minutes he figured out I was not the one giving out food. It was tough keeping him on screen because he liked to be 6" from me, and kept circling me or swimming through my legs.



Here are some other shots including the begging wrasses and a butterfly that was also begging.


















The moorish idols did not beg, though that would have been funny to see.



Would be honored if you kept this thread alive, obviously you have much to share, give it a thought/ change the name if you want I don’t mind. But a lot of people seem to enjoy this thread and with me only having two trips left I won’t behaving fresh content till April
 

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Did you ever get to hear the parrotfish crunching on coral/rocks? When they do this its actually really loud. I got to see a few moorish idols myself, but they never got that close.
I did not shoot any vids this year of them, but last year I shot a good vid of a group of 7-12 parrot fish munching on a boulder. Yes, they make a heck of a racket while bitting off mouthfulls of coral. It was loud enough to come through very clear on the video. If I remember when I get back, I will try to find it and post it online.
 
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Would be honored if you kept this thread alive, obviously you have much to share, give it a thought/ change the name if you want I don’t mind. But a lot of people seem to enjoy this thread and with me only having two trips left I won’t behaving fresh content till April
I will do my best for the next week .. but then it is back to -20C for me. I am sure others will pitch in though with cool content from their travels.

The thread will be waiting for you when you start back on your next season. Good threads never die, they just go into hibernation.
 
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I will do my best for the next week .. but then it is back to -20C for me. i am sure others will pitch in though with cool content from their travels.

The thread will be waiting for you when you start back on your next season. Good threads never die, they just go into hibernation.
And thank u all for ur post n comments sea ya soon
 
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Today I went to check out an inlet behind the Le Meridien hotel. The water was super shallow, like 16" deep. It made snorkelling tough, but eventaully it was deeper, about 4' deep. Though the coral heads grew to within 12 - 14" of the surface anyway. The bottom was covered with sea cucumbers until it got deeper.

Again lots of different types of butterflys were around.





Then I noticed all the long spine urchins. There were thousands of them, under every coral head, around every coral head, on every coral head. A lot of this swim, I was working with less than 2 feet of water, and all the long spines kept me on my toes.




I think this was an urchin, or maybe some sort of starfish. I seem to recall that they are coral predators.



There was lots of yellow angels here.





There was a marine beta, but he was too fast for any pics. i did get a couple of a tang that was yellow with some markings under his eye.





Lots of cleaner wrasses as well.







Then I spotted something cool. A big clown tang. He was about 18" long and very determined to not appear in any photos. It took me about 15 minutes and 20 photos to get a couple of pics of him.





While swimming back I spotted a big worm extending from the rocks so I practiced macro pics on him.







That is all for today. Tomorrow is a new day!
 
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Today I went to check out an inlet behind the Le Meridien hotel. The water was super shallow, like 16" deep. It made snorkelling tough, but eventaully it was deeper, about 4' deep. Though the coral heads grew to within 12 - 14" of the surface anyway. The bottom was covered with sea cucumbers until it got deeper.

Again lots of different types of butterflys were around.





Then I noticed all the long spine urchins. There were thousands of them, under every coral head, around every coral head, on every coral head. A lot of this swim, I was working with less than 2 feet of water, and all the long spines kept me on my toes.




I think this was an urchin, or maybe some sort of starfish. I seem to recall that they are coral predators.



There was lots of yellow angels here.





There was a marine beta, but he was too fast for any pics. i did get a couple of a tang that was yellow with some markings under his eye.





Lots of cleaner wrasses as well.







Then I spotted something cool. A big clown tang. He was about 18" long and very determined to not appear in any photos. It took me about 15 minutes and 20 photos to get a couple of pics of him.





While swimming back I spotted a big worm extending from the rocks so I practiced macro pics on him.







That is all for today. Tomorrow is a new day!
Dude just awesome man wish I could do that
 

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Today I went to check out an inlet behind the Le Meridien hotel. The water was super shallow, like 16" deep. It made snorkelling tough, but eventaully it was deeper, about 4' deep. Though the coral heads grew to within 12 - 14" of the surface anyway. The bottom was covered with sea cucumbers until it got deeper.

Again lots of different types of butterflys were around.





Then I noticed all the long spine urchins. There were thousands of them, under every coral head, around every coral head, on every coral head. A lot of this swim, I was working with less than 2 feet of water, and all the long spines kept me on my toes.




I think this was an urchin, or maybe some sort of starfish. I seem to recall that they are coral predators.



There was lots of yellow angels here.





There was a marine beta, but he was too fast for any pics. i did get a couple of a tang that was yellow with some markings under his eye.





Lots of cleaner wrasses as well.







Then I spotted something cool. A big clown tang. He was about 18" long and very determined to not appear in any photos. It took me about 15 minutes and 20 photos to get a couple of pics of him.





While swimming back I spotted a big worm extending from the rocks so I practiced macro pics on him.







That is all for today. Tomorrow is a new day!

Great pictures! The two wrasse in the picture with the clown tang are Thalasoma hardwicke.

Was the yellow tang with the marking possibly a juvie mimic tang?
 

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Great pictures! The two wrasse in the picture with the clown tang are Thalasoma hardwicke.

Was the yellow tang with the marking possibly a juvie mimic tang?
I just googled based on your suggestion. It was a juvenile chocolate mimic tang. I have never seen one in the wild before.
 

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Today I plan to go snorkelling in the lagoonarium here at St.Regis. It is stocked with thousands of fish including a couple of large napoleon wrasses. They are supposed to be about 5 ft long, so they should make for good camera subjects.

This will be like snorkelling in an aquarium ... if your aquarium was 250,000 gallons.
 

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Is that a commercial tuna fishing boat I did that for awhile,, tuna and swardfish
My boat mostly fishes dungeness crab and salmon. I like to do a couple tuna trips toward the end of the season to switch things up though. Its a small boat to fish tuna all season and I dont have a blast freezer so its not my main gig. Good way to have fun after fishing salmon for six months though.
 
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My boat mostly fishes dungeness crab and salmon. I like to do a couple tuna trips toward the end of the season to switch things up though. Its a small boat to fish tuna all season and I dont have a blast freezer so its not my main gig. Good way to have fun after fishing salmon for six months though.
I have a gill net boat in jersey
 

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