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This is a photo diaries meant only as a brief respite from the ugliness of the day and as a reminder that we share this fragile planet with all manner of amazing creatures. I hope you enjoy your visit here.

Waianae
The Waianae Coast

Divided Flatworm
Divided or Tiger Flatworm
Primitive, toxic, beautiful.

Kangaroo Nudibranch
Kangaroo Nudibranch
Named for the long thick "tail" on these realtively large sea slugs.

Eyespot Shrimp
Eyespot Shrimp
You can see how they get their name.

Red Swimming Crab
Red Swimming Crab
They have paddle like hind legs that allow them to swim.

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Day Octopus
We saw an unually large number of octopus last weekend including some realy large ones.

Day Octopus
Topside
Day Octopus
Bottomside
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Day Octopus
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Day Octopus
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Hairy Hermit Crab

Stocky Hawkfish
Stocky Hawkfish

Longspine Pufferfish
Longspine Pufferfish

These three following shots are new species for my camera...
Flagtail Tilefish
Flagtail Tilefish
They disappear quickly into their burrows in the sand when disturbed.

Broad Stingray
Broad Stingray
Stingrays are not common in Hawaii at least in my experience. You are far more likely to see eagle rays than these large bottom dwellers. It could be that we rarely dive on sand and that is where they stay.

Red Spotted Sand Perch
Red Spotted Sand Perch
In this case I didn't know this fish was red until I looked at the image on my computer. There is no red light at 90 feet so it looked green.  Blood appears green underwater as well.  You only see the colors due to the artificial light on the strobes.

Undulated Moray
Undulated MorayThese guys are usually hiding deeper in holes and hard to photograph during the day.  This one was nicely exposed and posing.

Undulated Moray
Undulated Moray

Yellowmargin Morays & Flameback Shrimp
Yellowmargin Morays & White-Stripe Cleaner Shrimp
Aren't they a cute couple? (thanks to Squarewheel for correction on shrimp name)

Yellowmargin Moray
Yellowmargin Morays

Thanks for visiting. Feel free to treat this as a community photo diary and please be good humans.  If you have a problem with this diary I refer you to the Complaint Department:
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Originally posted to Haole in Hawaii on Wed Nov 03, 2010 at 07:47 PM PDT.

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