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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 March, 2013

Mar 29, 13     Comments Off on Lionfish, Caribbean Lionfish, Curacao Lionfish
Mar 28, 13     Comments Off on Giant Fireworm, Bristle Worms, Polychaetes

Last night we went to see “The Croods” and it was fantastic!! This is yet another realistic animated Dream Works movie that will leave you in tears from laughing, it’s really fun!!

That’s about it, have a wonderful fun filled day!!

Barry

Mar 27, 13     Comments Off on Cushion Sea Star, Oreaster reticulatus, Giant Starfish
Mar 26, 13     Comments Off on Black and White Crinoid, Nemaster grandis, Echinoderms

 

Mar 25, 13     Comments Off on School of Fish, Bogas, Bonnetmouths, Inermia vittata
Mar 22, 13     Comments Off on Night Diving Photo, Shipwreck Point Curacao, Wrecks
Mar 21, 13     Comments Off on Banded Butterflyfish, Chaetodon striatus, Reef Scene
Mar 20, 13     Comments Off on Indiegogo, Seaval Shades, Custom Bamboo Sunglasses

Good morning from the Caribbean all!! Here’s something super cool for all of you out in cyber-land today, Bamboo Sunglasses!! Yes you read that right, sunglasses made from real bamboo, I mean how cool is this?? The story is; a teenager friend of mine here on the island, named Cival came up with this great idea and is now selling them after almost two years in the making. This is our friend Mandy from Holland showing off the pair she liked the most called “ORIGINAL EARLY BIRD (DP) on their website. The glasses as you see in the bottom photo come in natural or dark bamboo for the frames and with three different types on lens, amber, grey and electric blue and they all come with a super cool bamboo case. My favorite part about them is they float and second they are so light, you won’t even know your wearing them!! The glasses are half price for the first initial shipment so please take advantage of this, you only have around 13 days to get in on this introductory deal. For more information and to order your one of a kind bamboo sunglasses go to; www.Indiegogo.com/SEAVALShades

I had a great ride with Dorian last night, it was one of those rare nights when body and mind was really in tune with each other, it was like the perfect ride! Dorian is so much like Stijn and continues to surprise me each time, his riding skills are really getting tuned in. Stijn and Dorian both won their races last weekend again, these are really two of the fastest kids on the island and I had the pleasure of getting them started, how fun is that!

Well, we have a busy day planned with the sub and a bunch of coral scientists, I will try and send a few photos.

The new puppy is doing great, her hair is growing back now at full speed, you won’t believe the next photo I send!

Ok, get your glasses ordered and have a great day!

I’m out, Barry

Mar 19, 13     Comments Off on Shipwreck Point Curacao, Night Diving Shipwreck Point
Mar 18, 13     Comments Off on Whitespotted Filefish, Cantherhines macrocerus

Good morning friends, how was your weekend?? Mine was so busy but will spare you the details because I’m starting to sound like a broken record, it’s almost like everyday is Groundhog day here!!

My weekend highlight was getting to dive with Mark from the World famous “Dive Bus Hut” located right across the street from Breezes Hotel or as it’s called now, “Sunscape Hotel”. I love diving with Mark because we always find cool stuff, he has eyes like a hawk! One of the first things he showed me was this new, tiny black blenny that I have never seen before!! We both watched as this cute little thing with an electric blue stripe on it’s back popped it’s head in and out of it’s little hole in the side of a coral head, it was so cool! I will have to go back soon with my macro lens and get a photo and send it to the fish experts at the Smithsonian. The next thing we found were these two adult Whitespotted Filefish, Cantherhines macrocerus and we stayed with them for quite awhile. These fish as you see above are very curious fish and will swim around you if you are a good diver and just remain still. These incredible fish are also able to change colors in the blink of an eye, notice the one on the left has spots and the other doesn’t, cool huh, they can turn those spots on and off! Like many fish on the reef these filefish are usually always seen in pairs but trying to get the two together is not always an easy thing to do! We said good-bye and took off in search of other fish but any big fish we saw we were unable to approach, they saw us coming and said “see ya”!! I did get to see some nice looking colonies of endangered Elkhorns and Staghorn corals, I was happily surprised at how well they were doing and took a bunch of photos. On our way back Mark found a black seahorse on the sand and was swimming from one spot to another, so cool to see they feeding! So yet another fun dive with Mark, I tell everyone here that visits if you want to see stuff call the Dive Bus gang, you won’t be disappointed!

Yesterday evening I picked up Stijn and dorian and we went to work on the new trail for three hours, lots of work but it’s looking great!

Off to the ocean, have a wonderful day, Barry

Mar 15, 13     Comments Off on Purple Stove Pipe Sponges, Vase Sponge, Sponges
Mar 14, 13     Comments Off on Night Dive Shipwreck Point Curacao, Wreck Diving
Mar 13, 13     Comments Off on Apricot Bass, Plectranthias garrupellus, Rare Sea Bass
Mar 12, 13     Comments Off on Dead Hawksbill Turtle, Endangered Animals, Sea Turtles
Good morning readers, here’s something we hate to see and makes me feel sick every time I see one, a dead Hawksbill sea turtle! This was found on the East side of Klein Curacao just a few weeks ago when Nancy was here but I had actually found it a week or so before that. The last time we were on the island with the submarine I found this recently dead animal floating in the water and dropped everything to drag it’s shell onto shore and then the plan was to come back with a camera at a later date. How did it die you ask?? Good question, my two guesses are it either got hit by a boat or local fisherman caught it and ate it, I guess we will never know. Aimee and I have found many turtles along the shores here that have been caught and used for food, the word endangered means nothing here as it does around the World. The weirdest thing about this is the way the head is sticking out of it’s back, talk about eerie!! In the nine years we have been here we have noticed a major decline in these turtles, we just don’t see them very much anymore and at this rate the numbers will continue to fall.
 
The hawksbill turtle grows to lengths of 3.5 feet long and weights of up to 180 pounds. Hawksbill turtles were named for the shape of their beak, which looks similar to the beak of a bird like an eagle, parrot or hawk just to name a few.
Recent studies showed that 95% of a hawksbill’s diet is made up of sponges. In the Caribbean, these turtles feed on more than 300 sponge species. This is an interesting food choice as sponges have a skeleton made of needle-shaped spicules (made of silica, which is glass, calcium or protein), which essentially means, “a hawksbill’s stomach is filled with small glass shards.” And although sponges are their favorite food they also eat sea squirts, soft corals, shellfish, sea-grasses and seaweeds.
A female Hawksbill turtle can travel up to 2400 kilometers (1500 miles) between feeding and breeding grounds. They only breed once every two to four years but during the breeding season they may nest up to six times, laying about 130 eggs in each clutch. The sex of the hatchlings depends on the temperature in the nest.

After hatching, the baby turtles swim out to sea for several days. They then spend the next five to ten years drifting around in surface waters at the mercy of ocean currents, and they feed mainly on plankton. They are often found in huge rafts of drifting sargassum, a type of brown seaweed, where they are probably best able to hide from potential predators. Once they reach lengths of 30 or 40 centimeters they settle in one particular area around coral or rocky reef.

Well, busy day ahead, we have two sub dives to start the day!!

See you tomorrow, Barry

 

 

Mar 11, 13     Comments Off on Worlds Smallest Slit-shell, Tiny Slit shell, Live Slit-shell

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