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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 hope you too will enjoy the images contained within the galleries below.

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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  • Seahorse
    Seahorse
  • Blue Ringed Octopus
    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
    Blue Ringed Octopus
  • Blue Ringed Octopus
    Blue Ringed Octopus
  • Blue Ringed Octopus
    Blue Ringed Octopus
  • Blue Ringed Octopus
    Blue Ringed Octopus
  • Nudibranch - phyllidiidae
    Nudibranch - phyllidiidae
  • Nudibranch - glossodoris cincta
    Nudibranch - glossodoris cincta
  • Octopus
    Octopus
  • Nudibranch - phyllidiidae
    Nudibranch - phyllidiidae
  • Nudibranch - glossodoris cincta
    Nudibranch - glossodoris cincta
  • Nudibranch - phyllidiidae
    Nudibranch - phyllidiidae
  • Mantis shrimp
    Mantis shrimp
  • Grouper fish
    Grouper fish
  • Scribbled file fish
    Scribbled file fish
  • Nudibranch - glossodoris atromarginata
    Nudibranch - glossodoris atromarginata
  • Seahorse
    Seahorse
  • Nudibranch - hypselodoris bullocki
    Nudibranch - hypselodoris bullocki
  • Big Eye Grouper
    Big Eye Grouper
  • Nudibranch - platydoris
    Nudibranch - platydoris
  • Nudibranch - chromdoris reticulata
    Nudibranch - chromdoris reticulata
  • Nudibranch - hypselodoris bullocki
    Nudibranch - hypselodoris bullocki
  • Nudibranch - nembrotha chamberlaini
    Nudibranch - nembrotha chamberlaini
  • Puffer Fish
    Puffer Fish
  • Shrimp
    Shrimp
  • Hinged Beak Shrimp
    Hinged Beak Shrimp
  • Nudibranch - chromodoris willani
    Nudibranch - chromodoris willani
  • Nudibranch - flabellina
    Nudibranch - flabellina
  • Hinged Beak Shrimp
    Hinged Beak Shrimp
  • Dwarf Scorpionfish
    Dwarf Scorpionfish
    Just 2 - 3 cm in size
  • Frogfish
    Frogfish
    As can be seen by the included measuring pointer stick this little broen frogfish was just 2cm in length and found at a depth of around 20 metres on a sandy flat bottom
  • Frogfish
    Frogfish
  • Frogfish
    Frogfish
  • Frogfish
    Frogfish
  • Flambuoyant Cuttlefish
    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
    Flambuoyant Cuttlefish
  • Flambuoyant Cuttlefish
    Flambuoyant Cuttlefish
  • Dwarf Scorpionfish
    Dwarf Scorpionfish
  • Dwarf Scopionfish
    Dwarf Scopionfish
    Using a super-macro lens for this image
  • Dwarf Scopionfish
    Dwarf Scopionfish
    Using a super-macro lens for this image
  • Porcelain Crab
    Porcelain Crab
  • Porcelain Crab
    Porcelain Crab
  • Soft Corals
    Soft Corals
  • Ambon Scorpionfish
    Ambon Scorpionfish
    Another small critter and quite rare in these waters - size circa 2cm
  • Squat Shrimp
    Squat Shrimp
  • Robust Pipefish
    Robust Pipefish
  • Pegasus Fish
    Pegasus Fish
  • Squat Shrimp
    Squat Shrimp
  • Nudibranch - chromodoris (not sure of full ID)
    Nudibranch - chromodoris (not sure of full ID)
  • Nudibranch - miamira alleni
    Nudibranch - miamira alleni
  • Nudibranch - flabellina
    Nudibranch - flabellina
  • Turtle
    Turtle
  • Nudibranch - miamira alleni
    Nudibranch - miamira alleni
  • Nudibranch - chromodoris
    Nudibranch - chromodoris
  • Remora
    Remora
    Perched upon his hosts back - a turtle in this case
  • Turtle
    Turtle
  • Turtle
    Turtle
  • Nudibranch - quadricolor
    Nudibranch - quadricolor
  • Seahorse
    Seahorse
  • Mantis Shrimp
    Mantis Shrimp
  • Trigger Fish
    Trigger Fish
  • Nudibranch - (not sure of full ID)
    Nudibranch - (not sure of full ID)
  • Orangutan Crab
    Orangutan Crab
  • Nudibranch - (not sure of full ID)
    Nudibranch - (not sure of full ID)
  • Clown Fish
    Clown Fish
  • Nudibranch - jouruna funebris
    Nudibranch - jouruna funebris
  • Nudibranch - quadricolor
    Nudibranch - quadricolor
  • Clown Fish
    Clown Fish
  • Clownfish
    Clownfish
  • Corus Fish
    Corus Fish
  • Translucent Shrimp
    Translucent Shrimp
    Embedded inside a sponge
  • Soft Corals
    Soft Corals
    Flowing in the current 1
  • Soft Corals
    Soft Corals
    Flowing in the current 2
  • Soft Corals
    Soft Corals
    Flowing in the current 3
  • Nudibranch - pteraeolidia ianthina
    Nudibranch - pteraeolidia ianthina
  • The Seahorse Collection
    The Seahorse Collection
    1 0f 5 Images Of Seahorses
  • The Seahorse Collection
    The Seahorse Collection
    2 0f 5 Images Of Seahorses
  • The Seahorse Collection
    The Seahorse Collection
    3 0f 5 Images Of Seahorses
  • The Seahorse Collection
    The Seahorse Collection
    4 0f 5 Images Of Seahorses
  • The Seahorse Collection
    The Seahorse Collection
    5 0f 5 Images Of Seahorses
  • Whip Coral Shrimp
    Whip Coral Shrimp
    1 0f 3
  • Whip Coral Shrimp
    Whip Coral Shrimp
    2 of 3
  • Whip Coral Shrimp
    Whip Coral Shrimp
    3 of 3
  • Sea Crate
    Sea Crate
  • Nudibranch - flabellina
    Nudibranch - flabellina
  • Nudibranch - chromodoris reticulata
    Nudibranch - chromodoris reticulata
  • Nudibranch - kentrodoris rubescens
    Nudibranch - kentrodoris rubescens
  • Nudibranch - chromodoris verrieri
    Nudibranch - chromodoris verrieri
  • Nudibranch - chromodoris verrieri
    Nudibranch - chromodoris verrieri
  • Nudibranch - chromodoris coi
    Nudibranch - chromodoris coi
  • Zebra Crab
    Zebra Crab
  • Zebra Crab
    Zebra Crab
  • Soft Corals
    Soft Corals
  • Porcupine Fish
    Porcupine Fish
  • Snake Eel
    Snake Eel
  • Robust Pipefish
    Robust Pipefish
  • Frogfish
    Frogfish
    2cm critter shot with super macro lens at 23 metres depth
  • Nudibranch - phyllodesmium
    Nudibranch - phyllodesmium
  • Nudibranch - phyllodesmium
    Nudibranch - phyllodesmium
  • Stonefish
    Stonefish
  • Ornate Ghost Pipefish
    Ornate Ghost Pipefish
  • Nudibranch - Unsure of ID
    Nudibranch - Unsure of ID
  • Flatworm - platyhelminthes
    Flatworm - platyhelminthes
  • Translucent Shrimp 1
    Translucent Shrimp 1
  • Translucent Shrimp 2
    Translucent Shrimp 2
  • Hawk Fish
    Hawk Fish
  • Rhinopias 1
    Rhinopias 1
  • Rhinopias 2
    Rhinopias 2
  • Mantis Crab
    Mantis Crab
  • Blue Spotted Ray In Hiding
    Blue Spotted Ray In Hiding
  • Nudibranch - chromodoris coi
    Nudibranch - chromodoris coi
  • Nudibranch - chromodoris coi
    Nudibranch - chromodoris coi
  • Nudibranch - flabellina
    Nudibranch - flabellina
  • White Spotted Moray Eel
    White Spotted Moray Eel
  • Octopus
    Octopus
  • Scorpionfish
    Scorpionfish
  • Cuttlefish
    Cuttlefish

Puerto Galera

July 2018

  • Pygmy Seahorse
    Pygmy Seahorse
  • Clownfish
    Clownfish
  • Clownfish
    Clownfish
  • Lizard Fish
    Lizard Fish
  • Hawkfish
    Hawkfish
  • Moray Eel
    Moray Eel
  • Turtle
    Turtle
  • Pygmy Seahorse
    Pygmy Seahorse
  • Trumpet Fish
    Trumpet Fish
  • Frogfish
    Frogfish
  • Nudibranch - ardeadoris agretta
    Nudibranch - ardeadoris agretta
  • Porcelain Crab
    Porcelain Crab
  • Rhinopias
    Rhinopias
  • Turtle
    Turtle
  • Frogfish
    Frogfish
  • Rhinopias
    Rhinopias
  • Trumpet Fish
    Trumpet Fish
  • Moray Eel
    Moray Eel
  • Pygmy Seahorse
    Pygmy Seahorse
  • Pygmy Seahorse
    Pygmy Seahorse
  • Nudibranch - reticulidia halgerda
    Nudibranch - reticulidia halgerda
  • Hawkfish
    Hawkfish
  • Rat Nosed Xeno Crab
    Rat Nosed Xeno Crab
  • Ribbon Eel
    Ribbon Eel
  • Whip Coral Goby
    Whip Coral Goby
  • Nudibranch - jorunna funebris
    Nudibranch - jorunna funebris
  • Moray Eel
    Moray Eel
  • Nudibranch - marbled chromodoris
    Nudibranch - marbled chromodoris
  • Nudibranch - funebris jouruna
    Nudibranch - funebris jouruna
  • Fire Goby
    Fire Goby
  • Whip Coral Goby
    Whip Coral Goby
  • A Pair Of Whip Coral Shrimps
    A Pair Of Whip Coral Shrimps
  • Moray Eel
    Moray Eel
  • A Sleeping Turtle
    A Sleeping Turtle
  • Clown Fish
    Clown Fish
  • Wide Awake Turtle
    Wide Awake Turtle
  • Clown Trigger Fish
    Clown Trigger Fish
  • A Peck On The Cheek
    A Peck On The Cheek
  • Nudibranch - chromodoris magnifa
    Nudibranch - chromodoris magnifa
  • Puffer Fish
    Puffer Fish
  • Snapper
    Snapper
  • Mantis Shrimp
    Mantis Shrimp
  • A School Of Catfish
    A School Of Catfish
  • Blue Spotted Ray Rising From Slumber
    Blue Spotted Ray Rising From Slumber
  • Mantis Shrimp
    Mantis Shrimp
  • Frogfish
    Frogfish
    This baby was just 20mm in size requiring a super macro lens to capture it
  • Pygmy Seahorse
    Pygmy Seahorse
  • Frogfish
    Frogfish
    Another image of the diminutive Frogfish
  • Mantis Shrimp
    Mantis Shrimp
    Burrowed into a sand hole awaiting its prey that swims overhead
  • Octopus
    Octopus
    A rather reticent fellow
  • Whip Coral Cowrie & Gobie
    Whip Coral Cowrie & Gobie
  • Mantis Shrimp
    Mantis Shrimp
  • Frogfish
    Frogfish
  • Rat Nosed Xeno Crab
    Rat Nosed Xeno Crab
  • Frogfish
    Frogfish
  • Rat Nosed Xeno Crab
    Rat Nosed Xeno Crab
  • Nudibranch - chromodoris kunei
    Nudibranch - chromodoris kunei
  • Squid In Flight
    Squid In Flight

Puerto Galera

November 2017

  • Rat Nosed Xeno Crab
    Rat Nosed Xeno Crab
  • Nudibranch - phyllidia ocellata
    Nudibranch - phyllidia ocellata
  • Anemone Shrimp
    Anemone Shrimp
  • Orangutan Crab
    Orangutan Crab
    Making his home amongst some bubble coral
  • Round Crabs
    Round Crabs
    An in-depth conversation ? (excuse the pun)
  • Stargazer
    Stargazer
    These critters remain embedded in the sand awaiting their prey that swims overhead - these can grow quite large and are formiddably powerful creatures
  • Stargazer
    Stargazer
    Note his row of teeth that span his jaw
  • Cowrie
    Cowrie
    This specimen is beginning to shed his outer soft membrane
  • Saddleback Clownfish
    Saddleback Clownfish
  • Moray Eel
    Moray Eel
    Peek-a-boo
  • Nudibranch - glossodoris atromarginata
    Nudibranch - glossodoris atromarginata
  • Rat Nosed Xeno Crab
    Rat Nosed Xeno Crab
  • Cowfish
    Cowfish
  • Nudibranch - marbled chromodoris
    Nudibranch - marbled chromodoris
  • Nudibranch - hypselodoris purpureomaculosa
    Nudibranch - hypselodoris purpureomaculosa
  • Whip Coral Shrimp
    Whip Coral Shrimp
    Here you will note that I have placed a finger behind the little critter to aid as a size reference
  • Whip Coral Shrimp
    Whip Coral Shrimp
  • Yellow Box Fish
    Yellow Box Fish
  • Periclemenses Shrimp
    Periclemenses Shrimp
  • Seahorse
    Seahorse
  • Yellow Ribbon Eel
    Yellow Ribbon Eel
  • Ribbon Sweetlips
    Ribbon Sweetlips
  • Hairy Squat Lobster
    Hairy Squat Lobster
    These critters can be found inhabiting the internal 'veins' of large barrel sponges if you look very carefully
  • Octopus
    Octopus
  • Whip Coral Shrimp
    Whip Coral Shrimp
  • Snake Eel
    Snake Eel
  • Nudibranch - chromodoris hintuanensis
    Nudibranch - chromodoris hintuanensis
  • Clownfish
    Clownfish
  • Ornate Ghost Pipefish
    Ornate Ghost Pipefish
  • Ornate Ghost Pipefish
    Ornate Ghost Pipefish
  • Nudibranch - chromodoris willani
    Nudibranch - chromodoris willani
  • Mantis Shrimp
    Mantis Shrimp
  • Barramundi Fish
    Barramundi Fish
    Although not a particularly good image these fish are rarely found being particularly shy so I was quite pleased that I even encountered one.
  • Nudibranch - chromodoris magnifa
    Nudibranch - chromodoris magnifa
  • Nudibranch - ardeadoris agretta
    Nudibranch - ardeadoris agretta
  • Cleaner Shrimp
    Cleaner Shrimp
  • Round Crab
    Round Crab
  • Porcelain Crab
    Porcelain Crab
  • Yellow Pygmy Seahorse
    Yellow Pygmy Seahorse
  • Porcelain Crab
    Porcelain Crab
  • Whip Coral Shrimp
    Whip Coral Shrimp
  • Dwarf Cuttlefish
    Dwarf Cuttlefish
  • Pipefish
    Pipefish
    This little critter was very busy hunting for his lunch
  • Rat Nosed Xeno Crab
    Rat Nosed Xeno Crab
    Perching on a whip coral in mid water - - definitely not easy to shoot such subjects in such conditions
  • Rat Nosed Xeno Crab
    Rat Nosed Xeno Crab
  • Rat Nosed Xeno Crab
    Rat Nosed Xeno Crab
  • Scorpionfish
    Scorpionfish
  • Whip Coral Shrimp
    Whip Coral Shrimp
    On the ascendency
  • Scorpionfish
    Scorpionfish
  • Nudibranch - nembrotha chamberlaini
    Nudibranch - nembrotha chamberlaini
  • Nudibranch - chromodoris lochi
    Nudibranch - chromodoris lochi
  • Glass Shrimp
    Glass Shrimp
  • Clown Trigger Fish
    Clown Trigger Fish
  • Snake Eel
    Snake Eel
  • Hermit Crab
    Hermit Crab
  • Pygmy Seahorse
    Pygmy Seahorse
  • Pygmy Seahorse
    Pygmy Seahorse
  • Nudibranch - hypselodoris geometrica
    Nudibranch - hypselodoris geometrica
  • Moray Eel
    Moray Eel
  • Ghost Pipe Fish
    Ghost Pipe Fish
  • Mushroom Eel
    Mushroom Eel
  • Mushroom Eel
    Mushroom Eel
    These critters are extremely elusive and very difficult to capture as they are constantly on the move in the moving anemone coral
  • Nudibranch - possibly a chelidoruna but unsure
    Nudibranch - possibly a chelidoruna but unsure
  • Pygmy Seahorse
    Pygmy Seahorse

Puerto Galera

January 2013


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