The Whale Shark

is the original Super Big Gulp, slurping down huge amounts of plankton, krill, algae and even small schools of fish. It can grow up to 45 feet long, and can weigh up to 22 tons- equal to that of many of the largest dinosaurs ever discovered.

Photo taken in the Visayas, a vast region of islands and reefs in the central Philippines, Southeast Asia

A tiny shrimp

gets a full color reaction out of this Bobtail Squid - Bay of Puerto Galera, Philippines

Manta Rays are so graceful, yet so alien - Komodo Island, Indonesia

The Tigertail Seahorse is a very slow swimmer. How then are these oddly shaped creatures such efficient hunters? The answer lies in the planar shaped segments found on a seahorse's body along with its long snout, which allows it to sneak up on prey through the water much in the same way that stealth airplanes remain silent and undetected by scattering radar signals. Photo taken in the Similan Islands, Thailand

Reef Squid

are attracted to our lights during a night dive - photo taken at Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia

Janolus Nudibranch - Wreck of the Alma Jane, Sabang, Philippines

Spotted Eagle Ray - Bunaken Island, North Sulawesi, Indonesia

The Flamboyant Cuttlefish is an animal from the phylum Mollusca, related to the octopus and squid. Their muscle tissue has recently been discovered to be extremely toxic, which is one of the reasons they display such stunning coloration patterns as a warning to would-be predators. I found this pair mating on the sandy bottom of the Bay of Puerto Galera, Philippines

Banded Messmate Pipefish

- photo taken at Lembeh Strait, Indonesia

I've seen thousands of Lionfish, and this was the first yellow one - Lembeh Strait, North Sulawesi, Indonesia

The Basket Star belongs to a group of sea stars called Brittle Stars. They can live up to 35 years and use their many branched arms to exchange the gasses necessary for metabolism with the surrounding water. I took this photo at night in Raja Ampat, Indonesia.