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.


Jan 24, 17     Comments Off on Decondon, Deep Sea Fish, Deep Wrasses, Colorful Fish

Good morning, here’s one of the most beautiful fish found last week by the Smithsonian Institution and Substation Curacao, it’s name is Varicus laurae. The fish was named after the wife of the owner of the Curacao Sea Aquarium and owner of the submersible used to collect this beautiful fish. I get asked a lot about size and because there is no way to put a roller next to the fish when photographing it one never really knows the length of the specimen by looking at the photo, this gem is only about an inch. This one was found in Bonaire while the original “new species” was found a fews ago in Curacao and they are found hundreds of feet down in the darkness. Getting these fish to the surface alive is sometimes very difficult because of the depth and water temperatures. Most fish are filled with air when they get to me on the ship so we carefully take a small needle and release the air in their stomachs and most of the time this is all they need. Then they get placed in cold water and rushed into me and dropped into waiting aquariums filled with natural substrate from their home areas, we always try to make the photos look like they were taken at depth.

I hope you all are doing well out there, I know most of you are wrapped in blankets and sweaters this time of year!

Take care, Barry



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