Some of the most sought after creatures around the world for underwater photographers are Cephalopods. Not only because of their spectacular colors, but also their unique ability to change color and texture within 1/30th of a second. They can hide in plain site by blending in perfectly with their environment, more than almost any other animal.
While I have encountered and photographed many Cephalopods in many seas and oceans of the world, my favorite are the Giant Pacific Octopus of the Northwest, but this was the first time I was fortunate enough to see and capture images of Cuttlefish. These curious and gorgeous creatures can grow to 20" long. They are shy and elusive, and very hard to find or photograph. They also move very quickly. Like Octo's, they can propel themselves from predators with extremely quick powerful bursts of water from their siphons.
Much like Cephalopods, Lionfish too are shy animals that hide from my camera. They typically only allow for the mostly the unenviable 'fish butt shot'. On this trip though, I was able to get a few shots of Lionfish looking directly at me. A first time experience I will not soon forget. Lionfish are also very venomous, but not poisonous. Avoid touching or getting to close, but also enjoy their beauty, in the wild.
Enjoy many more shots of all these amazing beautiful animals in their own environment on my 2019 Solomons Island Gallery. You can also read my Blog Post on 2019 Coral of the Solomon Islands. Also, learn more about these amazing animals, and many others, in the book by Brandon Cole: Reef Life, A Guide to Tropical Marine Life.
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Drew Collins professional underwater photographer and environmentalist living and diving primarily in the beautiful Emerald green waters of Puget Sound near Seattle, Washington.