Dolphin Spa

  While humans go to spas for skin treatments and the pharmacy for medical ointments to cure skin issues, it seems that dolphins look to nature. Researchers found dolphins rubbing themselves against corals and sea sponges in the Red Sea and this led them to ask...

Sirenas MD, Collecting Sponges for Medical Research

Good morning readers, did you all have a great weekend out there?? I trust all of you did something for your mothers or at least dropped them a line. Today I have an exciting photo line-up from underwater of a company named SIRENAS recently funded by the Bill Gates foundation collecting deep-sea sponges with a submersible owned by Substation Curacao. So first off, who is SIRENAS you ask??

Sponge Face

ABOUT Avid outdoorsman and underwater photographer, Barry Brown has spent the last ten 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

Unusual Orange Sponge: Myripristis jacobus

Good morning friends, we are up at o-dark thirty trying to get ready for yet another very busy day.. Aimee and I leave for Washington this Sunday and I will try to post while I am at the Smithsonian so just hang in there if you don’t hear from us for awhile. Today we have two sub dives, the first starting at 9:00. I’m going to have my young intern shoot a go-pro movie of me photographing the sub today and I will try and post that as soon as I can. I have a KILLER, ultra unusual orange sponge for you all today that we found years ago growing in a small cave. To this date this is the only one of these we have ever seen and we visit it on almost every dive