Shrimp of Bonaire

Our time in the Dutch island of Bonaire in the Lesser Antilles is quickly coming to an end. Our passion is shark photography but this trip was focussed on learning macro photography – you know, the really little stuff. It started off with frustration but slowly produced some good results. These shrimp range in size from 1/4 inch (2-3mm) to about 1 inch (25mm) and some are very difficult to see, especially the transparent ones. Most of the time they are tucked away inside a sponge or an anemone giving few good photo opportunities. As we discovered, perseverance and a bit of good luck are both needed!

Sun Anemone Shrimp3

Juvenile Sun Anemone shrimp approximately 1/4 inch (2-3mm) in length

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Squat anemone shrimp on giant anemone

Pedersen Cleaner Shrimp

Pedersen Cleaner Shrimp

Coral Banded Shrimp (4)

Banded Coral Shrimp

Unknown shrimp

Unidentified shrimp inside Giant Anemone, Bonaire

Red Caribbean Pistol Shrimp

Red Caribbean Pistol Shrimp, Bonaire

peppermint shrimp

Peppermint Shrimp in Sponge (note the crab in the background)

Juvenile Sun Anemone 3

Juvenile Sun anemone shrimp, Bonaire

squat anemone shrimp

Squat Anemone Shrimp, Bonaire

Pedersen Shrimp cropped (3)

Pedersen Cleaner Shrimp Living In A Corkscrew Anemone

banded coral shrimp

Banded Coral Shrimp

Octopus On The Run

What do you do if you are an octopus out during the day and a diver with a camera spots you? First, you keep still and use camouflage hoping nobody can spot you, but when that fails you need to move. This octopus tried a number of tactics from trying to blend in, making a run for it, to puffing up to what I assume is to make itself look bigger. Here is a picture sequence that lasted less than a minute until it found a hole to retreat into. Safety at last!Octopus-0064octopus7octopus6octopus10octopus2octopus9octopus4octopus8octopus1octopus11octopus12