Jump to content


Photo

The Official Snorkeling/SCUBA Diving/Beach Looking Thread


  • Please log in to reply
122 replies to this topic

#101
animalmaster6

animalmaster6

    Moved On

  • Members
  • 15,890 posts
  • Joined 29 Nov 2009

That sounds awesome! Genuine awesome day!

#102
finch6013

finch6013

    Nano Reefer

  • Members
  • 42 posts
  • Joined 29 Aug 2009
  • Oregon city
Sounds like a great day Stew! I think I'll be going out for the morning tide on saturday. I'm not sure about where I'll be going. The wife wants to make a beach day of it as well so we'll probably end up somewhere from Lincoln City to Newport. Any suggestions on a decent spot in that area???

#103
AquaticEngineer

AquaticEngineer

    Coldwater Marine Aquatics

  • Members
  • 1,257 posts
  • Joined 29 Mar 2007
  • Damascus, Oregon

Sounds like a great day Stew! I think I'll be going out for the morning tide on saturday. I'm not sure about where I'll be going. The wife wants to make a beach day of it as well so we'll probably end up somewhere from Lincoln City to Newport. Any suggestions on a decent spot in that area???


PM'd you a couple of my secret spots :ninja:

www.ColdwaterMarineAquatics.com

"THE COOLEST FISH AND INVERTS AVAILABLE"

Join the Coldwater discussion group on FB 
My Custom Micro-Reefs Coldwater Nano system: (I fixed the below link, it works now I promise)
http://www.nano-reef...s-video-update/


#104
animalmaster6

animalmaster6

    Moved On

  • Members
  • 15,890 posts
  • Joined 29 Nov 2009
going to a SCUBA convention/show thingy all day tomorrow. I'll let you guys know if there is anything good! :D

#105
animalmaster6

animalmaster6

    Moved On

  • Members
  • 15,890 posts
  • Joined 29 Nov 2009
Just got home. It was fantastic!!

I got tons and tons of brochures and magazines and stuff.
I saw 7 lectures and they really were incredible.
The first one was on Raja Ampat and it basically was all sorts of HD footage of reef life. It was awesome. They had tons of footage of cuttles, gobies, blennies, shrimp, mantis shrimp, scorps, tangs, parrotfishes, coral spawning, electric scallops, SO much more!

I saw a lecture on reef life in my area and how to add to a database. When I get SCUBA certified I'm taking part in the program.

The next lecture was on life under the Blue Heron Bridge in West Palm Beach Florida. It was a long film with all macro videos of shrimp, gobies, jawfish, worms, crabs, etc. It was by Stan Waterman who made a lot of Jaws sequels.

The next three lectures were on sharks and were pretty great. Of course I would've prefered small reef life like before but this was cool too B)

The last one I saw was on a shipwreck and how he used a certain technique to photograph it.

Basically it was an awesome time!

#106
Jacob042426

Jacob042426

    Nano Reefer

  • Members
  • 4,539 posts
  • Joined 24 Dec 2011
  • Miami
Im leaving to tulum tomorrow with a nikon aw100! Expect awesome pics next week!

#107
castiel

castiel

    Violence is one of the most fun things to watch.

  • Members
  • 2,211 posts
  • Joined 23 Jul 2011
  • Melbourne, Australia
AM sounds like fun, particularly the reef lectures!

Jacob look forward to seeing the pics.

ctFyi9l.gif


#108
Pandion

Pandion

    Nano Reefer

  • Members
  • 150 posts
  • Joined 09 Jan 2012
  • Ft Lauderdale
Was at Looe Key last weekend with some friends. No photos (sorry) but if you live in Florida and haven't made it down to Big Pine, you owe yourself a trip. Just as stunning as usual! Saw everything from little cleaner shrimp to a reef shark, all in deep blue water with 60+ft vis. All in all a good time!

That's cool AM. Was it REEF with the survey you saw? They're a pretty cool organization, and I've been meaning to get into some of that surveying. They share their data base with NOAA, FWC, and multiple colleges across the state.

#109
animalmaster6

animalmaster6

    Moved On

  • Members
  • 15,890 posts
  • Joined 29 Nov 2009
Went to a great beach today. It was too cold to go in but I stuck my eyes in the water with goggles. I'm so glad I went. I FINALLY found a Rock Gunnel! I've been looking for a long time and I finally saw it. It was only 2 inches and I didn't see it for very long but I now know they are there. Can't wait to get there again this summer!

That's cool AM. Was it REEF with the survey you saw? They're a pretty cool organization, and I've been meaning to get into some of that surveying. They share their data base with NOAA, FWC, and multiple colleges across the state.

Yep it was REEF.

#110
Gillz

Gillz

    Resident Lady Ninja

  • Members
  • 2,967 posts
  • Joined 23 Jan 2006
  • Virginia
I recently got back from a week diving in Bonaire. Photos are on the website in my sig (only the best) and can be seen by clicking the underwater album.

I have been diving for over 10 years.... Technical diver (rebreather), photographer and PADI instructor. I have expensive hobbies.......

#111
castiel

castiel

    Violence is one of the most fun things to watch.

  • Members
  • 2,211 posts
  • Joined 23 Jul 2011
  • Melbourne, Australia
Gorgeous pics, Gillz!

ctFyi9l.gif


#112
thre3leven

thre3leven

    Nano Reefer

  • Members
  • 192 posts
  • Joined 16 Sep 2010
  • East Bay, CA
Snorkeled at the Tongalooma wrecks in Moreton Bay, Australia. Here is a short clip:
Shipwrecks

Currently in Bali and going to go diving. Has anyone on here been diving in Bali, and if so, any recommendations?

#113
castiel

castiel

    Violence is one of the most fun things to watch.

  • Members
  • 2,211 posts
  • Joined 23 Jul 2011
  • Melbourne, Australia

Snorkeled at the Tongalooma wrecks in Moreton Bay, Australia. Here is a short clip:
Shipwrecks

Currently in Bali and going to go diving. Has anyone on here been diving in Bali, and if so, any recommendations?

Cool video, that's a lot of fish!

ctFyi9l.gif


#114
castiel

castiel

    Violence is one of the most fun things to watch.

  • Members
  • 2,211 posts
  • Joined 23 Jul 2011
  • Melbourne, Australia
I just booked to spend 5 days here next week omgomgomg

Posted Image

Posted Image

Posted Image

http://www.catlinsea...com/seaview.htm

Edited by castiel, 04 June 2012 - 03:28 AM.

ctFyi9l.gif


#115
ReeferBoo

ReeferBoo

    Nano Reefer

  • Members
  • 281 posts
  • Joined 18 Jun 2011
  • New Zealand
Went snorkeling in Sorsogon Island, Philippines last February...this place is known for its whale-shark feeding grounds

Posted Image
Posted Image
Posted Image

some shots of the other marine animals in the area
Posted Image
Posted Image
Posted Image
This guy is huge!
Posted Image
Posted Image

Posted Image
Posted Image

dd53bf57-a1c1-4c75-9640-2475fd7076a4_zps


#116
castiel

castiel

    Violence is one of the most fun things to watch.

  • Members
  • 2,211 posts
  • Joined 23 Jul 2011
  • Melbourne, Australia
Well I just got back from Heron Island and it's like nothing I ever imagined, despite the photos above. The island is a Coral Cay, and at low tide you can literally wade out knee deep to the edge of the reef, the shallow area is full of corals, fish and clams (all Maximas I believe). We went on the boat a couple of times to the outer edges, saw all sorts of things including white and black tip sharks, turtles, rays (my wife saw a manta ray but I missed it). Mostly hard corals, acro galore. Here are a few of my fave pics:

Posted Image

Posted Image

Posted Image

Posted Image

Posted Image

Posted Image

Posted Image

Posted Image

Posted Image

Posted Image

Posted Image

Posted Image

Posted Image

Posted Image

Posted Image

Posted Image

I have some videos uploading if anyone is interested, show what it was like better than these slightly washed out pics.

Edited by castiel, 15 June 2012 - 11:39 PM.

ctFyi9l.gif


#117
gonzalez78

gonzalez78

    Nano Reefer

  • Members
  • 931 posts
  • Joined 15 Dec 2010
  • Santa Rosa California
Wow those pictures look amazing i sure do wish i could go snorkeling one day....













Too bad i don't know how to swim :(

Edited by gonzalez78, 16 June 2012 - 12:20 AM.

Wine Country Reefers
My 40B build

#118
animalmaster6

animalmaster6

    Moved On

  • Members
  • 15,890 posts
  • Joined 29 Nov 2009
Awesome!

#119
16bio

16bio

    Nano Reefer

  • Members
  • 219 posts
  • Joined 03 Dec 2011
Thought I would say I found 2 BREEDING pairs of lumpsuckers today while looking through tidepools. The female of one pair was 6.5 inches silver gray and was guarding 52 orange eggs. The eggs were stuck to the underside of a rock in a tidepool with a temperature of 59degrees. Male was also present but was only 2inches and brown red in color. The other pair I found the female was 4.5inches and gray brown in color. Male was red brown and this pair was getting ready to spawn (cleaning a rock together). I also found 4 others that I would think to be male or juviniles as they matched the discription of the above males.

I also was seeing lots of gunnels ranging from green to red to brown and from half inch up to abotu 8 inches.

I found two different coraline type algaes one was a branching and the other was encrusting.

I found a couple of iredesent orange sponges. They were encrusting type and very beatiful.

There were numerous kelp crabs, shore crabs, scuplins, and stars, but I thought the above was most interesting and thought I would share.

Also sorry for no pics, wasnt smart enough to bring a camera but will forsure next time which should be in 3-4 days.

All of this was found on Vancouver Island off the coast of British Columbia...In CANADA!

#120
castiel

castiel

    Violence is one of the most fun things to watch.

  • Members
  • 2,211 posts
  • Joined 23 Jul 2011
  • Melbourne, Australia
Very cool!

ctFyi9l.gif


#121
animalmaster6

animalmaster6

    Moved On

  • Members
  • 15,890 posts
  • Joined 29 Nov 2009
Sweet!

Juvie Lumpsuckers :wub:

#122
ciaobella

ciaobella

    Nano Reefer

  • Members
  • 132 posts
  • Joined 05 Nov 2012
  • Tampa, Florida
Ouh Ill play! I am unable to dive because of medical issues with my ears :( I cannot go deaper then about 5ft of water. But I love to snorkel. I have only been to florida reefs but have seen some beautiful things. We went a lot when I was younger and never really had a camera to take pictures.
Here are some from my last trip to key west. Key west is not really the best place to snorkel the reefs have been wrecked horribly by hungover people standing on the reef and such.
We went down for basically a drinking/eating weekend (cuz really why else do people go to key west there is no beaches!)
And the second day we decided to go snorkeling. It was a horrible day a storm came throught the night before and the water looked like my tank does right after a water change. But this time I had a camera! A cheap ass disposable but I saw some pretty cool things!

seaturtle and sergeant majors second picture with a yellow tail stupid bastards bite
http://i1232.photobu...eplt/R1-22A.jpg
http://i1232.photobu...eplt/R1-21A.jpg
french angel and blue tang
http://i1232.photobu...eplt/R1-17A.jpg
http://i1232.photobu...eplt/R1-13A.jpg
rainbow parrort fish
http://i1232.photobu...eplt/R1-15A.jpg
http://i1232.photobu...eplt/R1-11A.jpg
parrot fish with blue headed wrasse
http://i1232.photobu...eeplt/R1-9A.jpg
http://i1232.photobu...eeplt/R1-8A.jpg
lone yellow tang
http://i1232.photobu...eplt/R1-14A.jpg
A grumpy grouper
http://i1232.photobu...eeplt/R1-2A.jpg
Swam over a rock to see the edge of her tail and she kept getting bigger!
http://i1232.photobu...eeplt/R1-1A.jpg

We went the last day and the water was much better quality but I only had a few pics left on the camera
another french
http://i1232.photobu...t/angelfish.jpg
I forgot what he is but he was really cool and frendly
http://i1232.photobu...t/Weirdfish.jpg
http://i1232.photobu...weeplt/fish.jpg
http://i1232.photobu...lt/Coolfish.jpg
and a school of midnight parrot fish
http://i1232.photobu.../Parrotfish.jpg

Edited by ciaobella, 30 November 2012 - 08:12 PM.


#123
nanolutionary

nanolutionary

    Fragments of Ocean

  • Members
  • 512 posts
  • Joined 04 Jul 2012
  • London, England
I'm in Antigua from 11th-21st August, found Indigo Divers who seem professionally run as a company judging by their website and communications:

www.indigo-divers.com

Cades reef seems to be the place to go.

Does anyone have any experience diving there and tips on where the best spots are?