Giant Hermit Crab Inside a Discarded Queen Conch Shell

Good morning folks, sorry for the lack of postings lately I am once again working on more projects than I care to take on giving me zero time to jump on the computer. I am trying to get all my St. Eustatius photos like this giant hermit crab I posted today ready for key-wording and sent off to be copy-righted at the US copyright office, a process that takes forever.. At some point the Smithsonian will be needing these photos for talks and publications so me having them done ahead of time will be a big bonus.

Pleurotomariidae, Slit-Shells

ABOUT 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. General

Deep-Sea Invertebrates from St. Eustatius

I’m back, I have four more invertebrates found with a deep-sea submersible from the island of St. Eustatius in the Caribbean. The top photo is some kind of weird anemone sitting on top of a rare slit-shell, below that is a cool looking deep-sea shrimp, then a big starfish that I had never seen before and finally a super tiny, smaller than a dime hermit crab from way down stairs.. I decided to toss all these into one blog because of my need to be finished with photos from Statia although I still have a ton of underwater reef shots and all the SIRENAS sponge photos to show you, this could take a long, long time!

Palatogobius grandoculus, Deep-Sea Goby

Good morning out there, sorry for the no-blogs the past few days have been doing a bit of traveling and in doing so met some of the greatest folks in the world! Someone had asked me the other day about our three island dogs and how they are doing and other than a little hip problem with Inca they are all doing great, especially Joy! I have another super tiny fish for you all today called a Palatogobius grandoculus or for those of us not in the science world, a goby! This was yet another tiny little thing about an inch in length covered in bright neon stripes and a wild looking neon yellow eye, this is such a cool little creature! Many of these tiny gobies will perch themselves on top of an object and sit there motionless for a long period of time giving your truly plenty of time to take a few shots

Brotula Barbata, Reclusive Reef Fish

Hi everyone, I have an odd looking fish for you today called a Brotula Barbata found deep off the coast of St. Eustatius by the Smithsonian and Substation Curacao. I know it’s hard to tell from the photo but this fish is only around five inches in length. These weird looking fish swim non-stop in an eel-like fashion making them very hard to photograph so what I had to do was to make a cave of sorts (which they love) for him or her to swim into and stop swimming long enough for a shot, I guess it worked! I don’t know a lot about these fish or the depth we found it but I will try and get this info soon and update this and all the rest of the posts. Be safe out there… Please put the phone down while driving, I was almost in a wreck yesterday from someone texting.
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