Follow the bubbles down to the Green turtle coming up for air.
Frank and Lisa Coale free dived into the canyons.
Orange Brain corals of enormous size dotted the reef at Lifou.
This Giant Clam measures about 18" across.
Blue canyons cut into the reef
Room for many fish in a branching coral.
Top of the reef at Lifou
Larger fish, like this Batfish, tend to stay in the canyons.
Lemonpeel angelfish (Centropyge flavissimus Cuvier)
Frank and Lisa Coale wore weight belts for equibouyancy.
Giant Clams have photosynthesizing algae in the mantle for nutrition.
Giant Clam with mantle exposed to the sunlight.
The coloration of the Giant clam's mantle varies by species.
Giant Clam with mantle not fully displayed.
The mantle of a Giant clam contains tiny eyes and windows.
Octopus hiding in the center of a coral patch
The Octopus retreated into its hole as I approached.
This reef hosts many fish.
Schools of small fish swirled above the reef, feeding on plankton.
Eastern Triangle butterflyfish (Chaetodon baronessa Cuvier)
Barrier Reef Anemonefish (Amphiprion akindynos)
Barrier Reef Anemonefish (Amphiprion akindynos) with two juveniles
Two juvenile Barrier Reef Anemonefish (Amphiprion akindynos)
This anemone hosts two species of Anemonefish. See the Pink Anemonefish lower left.
This Crinoid, known as a sea lily or feather star is related to sea stars and sea urchins.