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Underwater Macro Imageryby Paul Rowe

The Passion

The stimulation for my underwater image passion came about shortly after learning to scuba dive and my daughters birth.

I was concerned that as a species we were destroying the wonders of our underwater heritage at 'break neck speed' and wanted to capture imagery in order to better educate my daughter and teach her about both the beauty and fragility of our underwater eco-systems.

My passion continues to this day.

I try hard to ID all the creatures featured but I am not infallible - I'm happy to be corrected with any ID mistakes.

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Puerto Galera
August 2019

  • Coleman Shrimps
    Coleman Shrimps
    A pair of Coleman Shrimps atop of a fire urchin discovered at 30m depth
  • Butterflyfish
  • Octopus - Standing Proud
  • Nudibranch - chromodoris willani
  • Coleman Shrimps - Another perspective on the shrimps
  • Nudibranch - chromodoris willani
  • Nudibranch - nembrotha
  • Black Saddled Toby - Posing in front of a sea fan coral - a typical habitat of pygmy seahorses
  • Lionfish
  • Clownfish
  • Pufferfish
  • Coleman Shrimps - A pair of Coleman Shrimps atop of a fire urchin discovered at 30m depth
  • Pufferfish
  • Nudibrach - risbecia tryoni
  • Clownfish
  • Robust Ghost Pipefish
  • Clownfish
  • Greenback Turtle
  • Nudibranch - glossodoris cincta
  • Greenback Turtle
  • Nudibranch - glossodoris cincta
  • Greenback Turtle
  • Clownfish
  • Moray Eel
  • Clownfish
  • Seacrate - Often referred to as a seasnake - highly venomous but unlikely to attack humans unless cornered and threatened
  • Nudibranch - chromodoris quadricolour - If you spotted the two frogfish sat side by side each other also well done!!
  • Nudibranch - halgerda
  • Filefish
  • Nudibranch - chromodoris - This specimen was captured with a super macro lens due to its size of no more than 1.5cm
  • Spiny Seahorse
  • Nudibranch - nembrotha
  • Spiny Seahorse
  • Nudibranch - nembrotha
  • Spiny Seahorse
  • School Of Cardinal Fish
  • Nudibranch - chromodoris - This specimen was captured with a super macro lens due to its size of no more than 1.5cm
  • Blue Spotted Stingray
  • Trumpetfish
  • Spiny Seahorse
  • Hawkfish
  • Spiny Seahorse
  • Clownfish
  • Spiny Seahorse
  • Spiny Seahorse
  • Spiny Seahorse
  • Clownfish
  • Spiny Seahorse
  • Blue Spotted Stingray
  • Spiny Seahorse
  • Batfish
  • Spiny Seahorse
  • Nudibranch - phyllidiidae
  • Spiny Seahorse
  • Scorpionfish
  • Frogfish
  • Spiny Seahorse
  • Nudibranch - halgerda
  • Pygmy Seahorse
  • Frogfish
  • Scorpionfish
  • Nudibranch - halgerda
  • Frogfish
  • Whip Coral Shrimp
  • Clown Fish
  • Translucent Shrimp
  • Frogfish
  • Translucent Shrimp
  • Spiny Seahorse
  • Clown Fish
  • Translucent Shrimp
  • Spiny Seahorse
  • Mantis Shrimp
  • Nudibranch - chromodoris willani
  • Spiny Seahorse
  • Clown Fish
  • Mushroom Coral Pipefish
  • Clown Fish
  • Nudibranch - chromodoris willani
  • Scorpionfish

Puerto Galera
July 2018

  • Seahorse
  • Blue Ringed Octopus - This little critter (approx 1.5 - 2 cm) is one of the most lethal creatures known to man - should he bite you there is no anti-venom available - you may survive 5 minutes but probably not - the following images depict this blue ringed octopus in various stages of aggression - the more intense the blue rings the more aggressive he is feeling - I found him in a non 'blue ring' showing state meaning he was highly camouflaged - another reason to be extremely careful where you place your hands underwater !!
  • Blue Ringed Octopus
  • Blue Ringed Octopus
  • Blue Ringed Octopus - here he is not displaying his blue rings indicating that he is not feeling anxious or agressive
  • Blue Ringed Octopus
  • Blue Ringed Octopus
  • Nudibranch - phyllidiidae
  • Nudibranch - glossodoris cincta
  • Octopus
  • Nudibranch - phyllidiidae
  • Nudibranch - glossodoris cincta
  • Nudibranch - phyllidiidae
  • Mantis shrimp
  • Grouper fish
  • Scribbled file fish
  • Nudibranch - glossodoris atromarginata
  • Seahorse
  • Nudibranch - hypselodoris bullocki
  • Big Eye Grouper
  • Nudibranch - platydoris
  • Nudibranch - chromdoris reticulata
  • Nudibranch - hypselodoris bullocki
  • Nudibranch - nembrotha chamberlaini
  • Puffer Fish
  • Shrimp
  • Hinged Beak Shrimp
  • Nudibranch - chromodoris willani
  • Nudibranch - flabellina
  • Hinged Beak Shrimp
  • Dwarf Scorpionfish - Just 2 - 3 cm in size
  • Frogfish - As can be seen by the included measuring pointer stick this little brown frogfish was just 2cm in length and found at a depth of around 20 metres on a sandy flat bottom
  • Frogfish
  • Frogfish
  • Frogfish
  • Flambuoyant Cuttlefish - I have witnessed many Flambouyant Cuttlefish over the years and simply adore the ever changing colourations of this creature as it swims around - however this is by far the smallest I have ever encountered - I had to use a super macro lens for this and the following images as it was barely 1cm in length - photographers will know how difficult super macro shooting is particularly with a moving creature.
  • Flambuoyant Cuttlefish
  • Flambuoyant Cuttlefish
  • Flambuoyant Cuttlefish
  • Dwarf Scopionfish
  • Dwarf Scopionfish - Using a super-macro lens for this image
  • Dwarf Scopionfish - Using a super-macro lens for this image
  • Porcelain Crab
  • Porcelain Crab
  • Soft Corals
  • Ambon Scorpionfish - Another small critter and quite rare in these waters - size circa 2cm
  • Squat Shrimp
  • Robust Pipefish
  • Pegasus Fish
  • Squat Shrimp
  • Nudibranch - chromodoris (not sure of full ID)
  • Nudibranch - miamira alleni
  • Nudibranch - flabellina
  • Turtle
  • Nudibranch - miamira alleni
  • Nudibranch - chromodoris
  • Remora - Perched upon his hosts back - a turtle in this case
  • Turtle
  • Turtle
  • Nudibranch - quadricolor
  • Seahorse
  • Mantis Shrimp
  • Trigger Fish
  • Nudibranch - (not sure of full ID)
  • Orangutan Crab
  • Nudibranch - (not sure of full ID)
  • Clownfish
  • Nudibranch - jouruna funebris
  • Nudibranch - quadricolor
  • Clownfish
  • Clownfish
  • Corus Fish
  • Translucent Shrimp - Embedded inside a sponge
  • Soft Corals - 1 of 3
  • Soft Corals - 2 of 3
  • Soft Corals - 3 of 3
  • Nudibranch - pteraeolidia ianthina
  • The Seahorse Collection - 1 of 5
  • The Seahorse Collection - 2 of 5
  • The Seahorse Collection - 3 of 5
  • The Seahorse Collection - 4 of 5
  • The Seahorse Collection - 5 of 5
  • Rhinopias
  • Mantis Crab
  • Blue Spotted Ray In Hiding
  • Nudibranch - chromodoris coi
  • Nudibranch - chromodoris coi
  • Nudibranch - flabellina
  • White Spotted Moray Eel
  • Octopus
  • Scorpionfish
  • Cuttlefish
  • Nudibranch - phyllodesmium
  • Nudibranch - phyllodesmium
  • Stonefish
  • Ornate Ghost Pipefish
  • Nudibranch - Unsure of ID
  • Flatworm - platyhelminthes
  • Translucent Shrimp 1
  • Translucent Shrimp 2
  • Hawk Fish
  • Rhinopias
  • Nudibranch - chromodoris verrieri
  • Nudibranch - chromodoris verrieri
  • Nudibranch - chromodoris coi
  • Zebra Crab
  • Zebra Crab
  • Soft Corals
  • Porcupine Fish
  • Snake Eel
  • Robust Pipefish
  • Frogfish - 2cm critter shot with super macro lens at 23 metres depth
  • Whip Coral Shrimp - 1
  • Whip Coral Shrimp - 2
  • Whip Coral Shrimp - 3
  • Sea Crate
  • Nudibranch - flabellina
  • Nudibranch - chromodoris reticulata
  • Nudibranch - kentrodoris rubescens

Puerto Galera
December 2017

  • Nudibranch - glossodoris cincta
  • Nudibranch - nembrotha milleri
  • Hawkfish - Perched within a barrel sponge
  • Pygmy Seahorse
  • Orangutan Crab
  • Pygmy Seahorse
  • Nudibranch - phyllidiella pustulosa
  • Leaf Fish
  • Nudibranch - chromodoris annae - This example was shot with a super macro lens as it was no larger than 5mm in size
  • Rhinopias
  • Orangutan Crab
  • Nudibranch - phidiana indica
  • Octopus
  • Rhinopias
  • Nudibranch - ardeadoris agreetta
  • Seasnake
  • Nudibranch - doto sp
  • Pygmy Seahorse
  • Nudibranch - glossodoris rubroannulata
  • Dwarf Cuttlefish
  • Seasnake
  • Rhinopias
  • Nudibranch - phyllodesmium sp
  • Cowfish
  • Anemone Shrimp
  • Pufferfish
  • Anemone Shrimp
  • Nudibranch - chromodoris quadricolor
  • Scorpionfish
  • Clownfish
  • Nudibranch - pteraeolidia ianthina
  • Angelfish
  • Glass Shrimp
  • Saddleback Clownfish
  • Clownfish
  • Pipefish
  • Clownfish
  • Saddleback Clownfish
  • Nudibranch - pteraeolidia ianthina
  • Mantis Shrimp
  • Nudibranch - chromodoris magnifa
  • Scribbled Filefish
  • Dwarf Cuttlefish
  • Nudibranch - glossodoris cincta
  • Banded Pipefish
  • Nudibranch - glossodoris cincta
  • Hermit Crab
  • Banded Pipefish
  • Nudibranch - chromodoris magnifica
  • Nudibranch - chromodoris quadricolor
  • Nudibranch - glossodoris atromarginata
  • Dwarf Cuttlefish
  • Seahorse
  • Moray Eel
  • Nudibranch - ceratosoma tenue
  • Seahorse
  • Nudibranch - nembrotha chamberlaini
  • Nudibranch - hypselodoris bullocki
  • Dwarf Cuttlefish
  • Nudibranch - ceratosoma tenue
  • Pipefish
  • Ornate Ghost Pipefish
  • Rhinopias
  • Shrimp - using the underside of a Seastar as a habit
  • Ornate Ghost Pipefish
  • Shrimp using the underside of a Seastar as a habit
  • Snake Eel
  • Leaffish
  • Leaf Fish
  • Pipefish
  • Scorpionfish - This image was taken with a super macro lens due to this critters extremely small size
  • Shrimp - Using the underside of a Seastar as a habit
  • Shrimp - Using the underside of a Seastar as a habit
  • Glass Shrimp
  • Mantis Shrimp
  • Trevally
  • Glass Shrimp
  • Dwarf Cuttlefish - In defensive mode
  • Blenny
  • Turtle
  • Squat Shrimp
  • Flamboyant Cuttlefish
  • Blenny
  • Orangutan Crab
  • Nudibranch - ardeadoris agretta
  • Squat Shrimp
  • Nudibranch - chromodoris geometrica
  • Nudibranch - ardeadoris agretta
  • Flamboyant Cuttlefish
  • Stonefish - A super macro lens was used due to this critters extremely small size
  • Flamboyant Cuttlefish
  • Nudibranch - nembrotha chamberlaini
  • Nudibranch - glossodoris atromarginata
  • Nudibranch - reticulidia halgerta
  • Nudibranch - phyllidia ocellata
  • Dwarf Cuttlefish
  • Rhinopias
  • Nudibranch - chromodoris willani
  • Nudibranch - nembrotha mullineri
  • Rhinopias
  • Moray Eel
  • Snake Eel
  • Whip Coral Goby
  • Mantis Shrimp
  • Clownfish

Puerto Galera
November 2017

  • Pygmy Seahorse
    Pygmy Seahorse
    I just love these very cute, very shy and very very small creatures
  • Clownfish
    Clownfish
  • Clownfish
    Clownfish
  • Hawkfish
    Hawkfish
  • Lizard Fish
    Lizard Fish
  • Hawkfish
    Hawkfish
    Nestled inside a Barrel Sponge
  • Moray Eel
    Moray Eel
  • Moray Eel
    Moray Eel
  • Turtle
    Turtle
  • Trumpet Fish
    Trumpet Fish
  • Trumpet Fish
    Trumpet Fish
  • Frogfish
    Frogfish
  • Nudibranch
    Nudibranch
    ardeadoris agreetta
  • Porcelain Crab
    Porcelain Crab
    Living in his anemone habitat
  • Rhinopias
    Rhinopias
  • Rhinopias
    Rhinopias
  • Turtle
    Turtle
  • Turtle
    Turtle
  • Rhinopias
    Rhinopias
  • Frogfish
    Frogfish
    Known as a ‘painted’ variety
  • Frogfish
    Frogfish
  • Rhinopias
    Rhinopias
  • Trumpet Fish
    Trumpet Fish
  • Moray Eel
    Moray Eel
  • Pygmy Seahorse
    Pygmy Seahorse
    Looking rather pregnant too
  • Frogfish
    Frogfish
    Attempting to hide amongst the soft corals
  • Pygmy Seahorse
    Pygmy Seahorse
  • Pygmy Seahorse
    Pygmy Seahorse
  • Pygmy Seahorse
    Pygmy Seahorse
  • Nudibranch
    Nudibranch
    halgerda
  • Pygmy Seahorse
    Pygmy Seahorse
  • Whip Coral Shrimp
    Whip Coral Shrimp
    Just 1cm in length
  • Ribbon Eel
    Ribbon Eel
  • Whip Coral Gobie
    Whip Coral Gobie
  • Nudibranch
    Nudibranch
    funebris jouruna
  • White Eyed Moray Eel
    White Eyed Moray Eel
  • Nudibranch
    Nudibranch
    chromodoris reticulata
  • Nudibranch
    Nudibranch
    funebris jouruna
  • White Eyed Moray Eel
    White Eyed Moray Eel
  • Scorpion Leaf Fish
    Scorpion Leaf Fish
  • Scorpion Leaf Fish
    Scorpion Leaf Fish
  • Big Eye Grouper
    Big Eye Grouper
  • Fire Goby
    Fire Goby
    These critters are so shy that seldom hang around
  • Fire Goby
    Fire Goby
  • Sea Snake
    Sea Snake
    These beauties posses deadly toxins
  • Whip Coral Goby
    Whip Coral Goby
  • Moray Eel
    Moray Eel
  • Whip Coral Goby
    Whip Coral Goby
  • Whip Coral Shrimps
    Whip Coral Shrimps
    Taking charge of their habitat
  • Moray Eel
    Moray Eel
  • Turtle
    Turtle
    Looks to be taking a sleep
  • Pufferfish
    Pufferfish
    Coming out of hiding
  • Trumpet Fish
    Trumpet Fish
  • Pufferfish
    Pufferfish
  • Clown Fish
    Clown Fish
  • Turtle
    Turtle
    He seems to have awakened now
  • Picasso Trigger Fish
    Picasso Trigger Fish
    One of my favourites!!
  • A Loving Couple
    A Loving Couple
  • Picasso Trigger Fish
    Picasso Trigger Fish
  • Clown Fish
    Clown Fish
    At home in his anemone
  • Nudibranch
    Nudibranch
    chromodoris quadricolor
  • Octopus
    Octopus
    Resting in peace
  • Porcupine Fish
    Porcupine Fish
  • Moray Eel
    Moray Eel
  • Snapper
    Snapper
  • Mantis Crab
    Mantis Crab
    These critters stay buried in sand holes awaiting potential prey
  • A Catfish Ensemble
    A Catfish Ensemble
    This delightful critter was just 2cm in length
  • Painted Frogfish
    Painted Frogfish
  • The Catfish Ensemble
    The Catfish Ensemble
    Seemingly signing from the same hymn sheet
  • Blue Spotted Ray
    Blue Spotted Ray
  • Seasnake
    Seasnake
    On The Hunt
  • Mantis Shrimp
    Mantis Shrimp
    On The Prowl
  • Painted Frogfish
    Painted Frogfish
  • Pygmy Seahorse
    Pygmy Seahorse
    I just love these very cute, very shy and very very small creatures
  • Painted Frogfish
    Painted Frogfish
  • Mantis Shrimp
    Mantis Shrimp
  • Mantis Shrimp
    Mantis Shrimp
  • Frogfish
    Frogfish
    Found on a night dive
  • Rat Nosed Xeno Crab
    Rat Nosed Xeno Crab
  • Whip Coral Cowrie
    Whip Coral Cowrie
  • Rat Nosed Xeno Crab
    Rat Nosed Xeno Crab
  • Frogfish
    Frogfish
  • Rat Nosed Xeno Crab
    Rat Nosed Xeno Crab
  • Nudibranch
    Nudibranch
    chromodoris coi
  • Moray Eel
    Moray Eel

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