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Avid outdoorsman and underwater photographer, Barry Brown has spent the last 12 years documenting life above and below water in Curacao, Netherlands Antilles. He is currently working with the Smithsonian Institution documenting new Caribbean deep-water species and building a one of a kind database. His underwater images can regularly be seen in Sport Diver, Scuba Diver and on the Ikelite website. His image of a "Collage of Corals" seen under blue-light at night recently placed in the TOP 10 images for the 2014 NANPA (North American Nature Photographers Association) photo contest.

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Archive for June, 2012

Jun 30, 12     Comments Off on Driftwood Boat, Driftwood Fish, Wood Crafts
Jun 28, 12     Comments Off on Red Banded Hermit Crab, Petrochirus diogenes

 

Jun 27, 12     Comments Off on Smallest Pleurotomariidae Possibly Ever Found!?
Jun 26, 12     Comments Off on Island Dogs, Inca and Indi, Dalmations, Mix Breed
Jun 25, 12     Comments Off on Deep Water Crab, Crab Using Shell to Hide Under
Jun 23, 12     Comments Off on Heart Shaped Piece of Sea-Beach Glass

 

Jun 21, 12     Comments Off on New Deep Water Crab, Hermit Crab in a Rock!
Jun 21, 12     Comments Off on Fish with Big Eyes, Squirrelfish, Caribbean Reef Fish

 

Jun 20, 12     Comments Off on Deep Water Murex Shells, Gastropods, Siratus beauii

Here is yet another cool creature that was found this week with the Curasub at a depth of around 800 feet! This is live Murex called Siratus beauii and can grow to a length of about 15cm! Look closely and you can see his two little black eyes and his cool trap door called the operculum. When disturbed his slug like body will retract back into the shell and the operculum will act as a door and keep him safe inside from predators. Here is a link from the Smithsonian if your interested; http://www.gastropods.com/2/Shell_2912.shtml

Had a pretty busy day yesterday with two sub dives and working in the deep water lab taking photos and making sure all the creatures are getting enough to eat. In the evening we met our friends Loet and Maikel (hah, I finally spelled it right) at the best eating place in all of Curacao called the “Ribs Factory”. This place should get an award for it’s constant fast service and great food, it’s just always a guaranteed great time!

That’s about it, Aimee is high in the sky on her way to Miami and I am off to the sea! Have a great day.

Barry

Jun 18, 12     Comments Off on Curacao Reef Scene, Gorgonians, Brown Tube Sponge

Good day all, It was yet another very busy weekend and honestly I am shocked at how fast that one went?? I spent three hours walking the dogs and cleaning trails Saturday morning and then met Stijn for a fun afternoon of diving. It’s really amazing how much work it takes to go diving! First we race around getting all the gear together which includes tanks, weights, wetsuits, BC’s, regulators, fins, masks, and in my case tons of underwater equipment! Then you either strap it all on and jump into the sea or load it all into a vehicle and drive to your dive spot. Once in the water you instantly remember why you went through all that trouble, it’s like swimming in outer space and you just float about the reef. Here is a little reef scene we found yesterday with a perfect little baby gorgonian protected by a nice cluster of Brown Tube Sponges.

Yesterday (Sunday) I again took the dogs out for close to three hours. We drove over to Baya or Caracasbaai where one of the local bike clubs just finished making some new trails but they had neglected to sweep meaning they were full of thorns. So being the nice person I am I dedicated my weekend to the new trails and removed 90% of the tire killing thorns, the dogs just followed and did what dogs do, chase lizards. On the way back home we stopped and swam in the ocean to cool off although our little male dog we are currently watching would not go in?

At 12:00 I took off on a very HOT and tiring two hour bike ride, I really wanted to ride what I had worked so hard at cleaning. I left under overcast skies but soon after leaving the sun came out which made the ride brutal to say the least.

At 6:00 we went over to Stijns Grandparents house for a three course meal that was bar-none the best food we have had since we have been here! Since we are leaving soon for the States they wanted to throw us a “have a great trip party” and it was great!!

That’s kind of my weekend in a nut-shell I hope you all had a good time as well. It’s off to the sea for me, have a great day, Barry

Jun 16, 12     Comments Off on Large Deep Water Crab, Crabs with Big Claws
Jun 15, 12     Comments Off on Baby Deep Water Octopus, Deep Sea Creatures

Also, remember when Aimee took our little island dog Lola to America a few weeks back?? Well here is a story in a magazine that was done about her and Lola. Once the link opens scroll down to page 9 and then enlarge so you can read the text, it’s pretty cool, if your having problems just let me know, here it is,  you will have to copy and paste it in your browser-

http://n2pub.com/newsletter/files/MN_Lake%20of%20the%20Isles/Lake%20of%20the%20Isles/Lake%20of%20the%20Isles_july12.pdf

Have a wonderful day, I am off to the sea!! Barry

Jun 14, 12     Comments Off on Flying Gurnards, Dactylopterus volitans, Fish with Wings
Jun 13, 12     Comments Off on Reflections in Water, Crazy Water, Designs in Water
Jun 12, 12     Comments Off on The Governor’s Palace in Curacao as Seen at Night

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