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Underwater Macro Imagery

by 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
  • 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
    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
  • 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
  • Just 2 - 3 cm in size
    Dwarf Scorpionfish
    Just 2 - 3 cm in size
  • 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
    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
  • 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
    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 Scorpionfish
  • Using a super-macro lens for this image
    Dwarf Scopionfish
    Using a super-macro lens for this image
  • Using a super-macro lens for this image
    Dwarf Scopionfish
    Using a super-macro lens for this image
  • Porcelain Crab
  • Porcelain Crab
  • Soft Corals
  • Another small critter and quite rare in these waters - size circa 2cm
    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
  • Perched upon his hosts back - a turtle in this case
    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)
  • Clown Fish
  • Nudibranch - jouruna funebris
  • Nudibranch - quadricolor
  • Clown Fish
  • Clownfish
  • Corus Fish
  • Embedded inside a sponge
    Translucent Shrimp
    Embedded inside a sponge
  • Flowing in the current 1
    Soft Corals
    Flowing in the current 1
  • Flowing in the current 2
    Soft Corals
    Flowing in the current 2
  • Flowing in the current 3
    Soft Corals
    Flowing in the current 3
  • Nudibranch - pteraeolidia ianthina
  • 1 0f 5 Images Of Seahorses
    The Seahorse Collection
    1 0f 5 Images Of Seahorses
  • 2 0f 5 Images Of Seahorses
    The Seahorse Collection
    2 0f 5 Images Of Seahorses
  • 3 0f 5 Images Of Seahorses
    The Seahorse Collection
    3 0f 5 Images Of Seahorses
  • 4 0f 5 Images Of Seahorses
    The Seahorse Collection
    4 0f 5 Images Of Seahorses
  • 5 0f 5 Images Of Seahorses
    The Seahorse Collection
    5 0f 5 Images Of Seahorses
  • 1 0f 3
    Whip Coral Shrimp
    1 0f 3
  • 2 of 3
    Whip Coral Shrimp
    2 of 3
  • 3 of 3
    Whip Coral Shrimp
    3 of 3
  • Sea Crate
  • Nudibranch - flabellina
  • Nudibranch - chromodoris reticulata
  • Nudibranch - kentrodoris rubescens
  • Nudibranch - chromodoris verrieri
  • Nudibranch - chromodoris verrieri
  • Nudibranch - chromodoris coi
  • Zebra Crab
  • Zebra Crab
  • Soft Corals
  • Porcupine Fish
  • Snake Eel
  • Robust Pipefish
  • 2cm critter shot with super macro lens at 23 metres depth
    Frogfish
    2cm critter shot with super macro lens at 23 metres depth
  • Nudibranch - phyllodesmium
  • Nudibranch - phyllodesmium
  • Stonefish
  • Ornate Ghost Pipefish
  • Nudibranch - Unsure of ID
  • Flatworm - platyhelminthes
  • Translucent Shrimp 1
  • Translucent Shrimp 2
  • Hawk Fish
  • Rhinopias 1
  • Rhinopias 2
  • Mantis Crab
  • Blue Spotted Ray In Hiding
  • Nudibranch - chromodoris coi
  • Nudibranch - chromodoris coi
  • Nudibranch - flabellina
  • White Spotted Moray Eel
  • Octopus
  • Scorpionfish
  • Cuttlefish

Puerto Galera

July 2018

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

Puerto Galera

November 2017

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

Puerto Galera

January 2013