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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 April, 2014

Apr 15, 14     Comments Off on Parrotfish Teeth, Fish Teeth, Parrotfish Beak
Apr 14, 14     Comments Off on Illegal Fish Nets, Reef Damage from Fishing Nets
Apr 11, 14     Comments Off on Peacock Flounder, Bothus Lunatus, Flounders
Apr 10, 14     Comments Off on Swimming with Dolphins, Snorkelling with Dolphins

Hello everyone, Aimee here today! This is a fun photo from my world- my underwater dolphin world that is!  You have heard me brag on her before, and I will brag on her once again, this is me taking a fun snorkel with my BFF Alita. Alita just turned two years old on March 12 and she is sure becoming such a fun little thing. She loves to play and snorkel and just hang out with you. As usual, momma Ritina is close by (that’s her just above me). Alita loves to look and echolocate for fish just under the sand, play with seaweed and her favorite game is to have me push her around by her tail. She will slowly swim by and stop, almost placing her tail in my outstretched hands, I push as long as my legs will keep kicking, then push her off. She then flips around and rushes back, once again slowing down and putting her tail in my hands. It just makes me laugh and laugh. Seriously, how fun is that?

We are often busy at work, but as often as possible I take advantage of these special moments to just play and hang out with the dolphins. It is an important part of our bonding and relationship. Just as you may take care of your dog, cat or horse; many times it is our relationship and trust with our animal companions that allows us to train difficult cooperation behaviors such as line-ups for ultrasounds, measurements and voluntary blood draws. This time also lets us learn each other’s body language. Each species has different body language, and the more time you spend with each other, the better you can communicate. Training with any animal, dolphin or dog, means there is two-way communication. You have to listen and pay attention to your animal, help them to understand and want to do what you want them to do. As we always say “set them up for success”! If you think training is all about what you can teach your subject, you are missing half the facts and all of the fun.

Well, take care. I think I will just sit here a bit and remember this fun day.

Aimee and Alita

Apr 9, 14     Comments Off on Touch-Me-Not-Sponge, Neofibularia nolitangere
Apr 8, 14     Comments Off on Playa Kanoa Curacao, Girl Surfing at Playa Kanoa
Apr 7, 14     Comments Off on Coronaster briareus, Deep Sea Creatures, Sea Stars
Apr 3, 14     Comments Off on Giant Green Moray Eel, Gymnothorax funebris
Apr 2, 14     Comments Off on Canthigaster jamestyleri, Pufferfishes, Goldface Toby

Good morning from Curacao!! I have another super cool little fish for you today that sadly no diver will ever get to see!!! This is called a Goldface Toby or Canthigaster jamestyleri and is in the family of Pufferfish. It looks so much like a Sharpnose Puffer doesn’t it??? This little half inch treasure was observed by the Smithsonian inside the safety of the “Curasub” submersible at depths ranging from 235-488 feet, that’s quite a range! The distinctive features include; pale yellow to yellow with blue markings on tail, unlike the Sharpnose Puffer who is distinguished by dark boarders on the tail. It also has shades of brown on back with numerous dark blue markings (absent on Sharpnose Puffer). The upper snout is olive-brown with areas of yellow-gold undercolor running from mouth to around eyes which are covered with numerous bright blue markings. White lower body with numerous blue spots and line markings on base of tail. These fish inhabit deep rocky outcroppings and hard bottoms with stands of gorgonia. Also FYI, Jim Tyler, for whom this fish was named. is an ichthyologist/paleobiologist who works for the Smithsonian.

In my search for information on this fish I found that most of the so called “Goldfaced Tobies” on Google are actually Sharpnose Puffers, you can just look at the tails. Also my older addition of “REEF FISH” 3rd addition has the Goldface Toby on page 383 but it’s been removed from the newer versions, I guess they are starting to phase out fish that divers will never see??

Well gang, enjoy the little fish, I have to get moving!

Have a wonderful day!!

Barry

Apr 1, 14     Comments Off on Banded Clinging Crab, Mithrax cinctimanus, Crabs

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