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Fishy highlights from our recent expedition to Fiji. Scroll down for species shot list. Enjoy, and please share this with your fellow fish geeks! —Josh Jensen

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Underwater abstract: The centre of a sea urchin, nestled among its venomous spines. Photographed in Komodo, Indonesia. Nikon D810, Nikkor 105mm macro lens, 1/320th sec, f4, ISO64, Nauticam underwater housing, two Inon underwater strobes. #seaurchin #urchin #underwaterphotography #underwatermacro #echinoderm  
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This is our 50th YouTube film lovingly created for you. Filmed in Indonesia, over the course of nearly one year, this video is a celebration of marine biodiversity—and particularly those gorgeous little fish that make their home in coral reefs. If you want to know which species you’re watching, there’s a complete shot list in the description. Enjoy, and please share this with your fellow ocean lovers and fish geeks. —Josh

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This little Black-saddle toby (Canthigaster valentini) has the misfortune of having a parasitic copepod living near his eyeball. Tobies are a kind of pufferfish, and like all puffers they have toxic skin and organs—but apparently not toxic enough to protect this particular little fish from that parasite. Maybe the eyes are light on tetrodotoxin? Or maybe the parasites are immune? Either way, the situation doesn't look comfortable, and serves as a reminder why frequent cleaning station visits are a must for reef fish. Cleaning stations are where cleaner shrimp and cleaner fish pick off parasites when they are still microscopic in size. Somehow, this copepod didn't get cleaned off, and has grown to full size feeding on its host's bodily fluids. I spent quite a bit of time watching and photographing this toby; he was feeding and going about his business seemingly unbothered by the hitchhiker. Photographed in Komodo, Indonesia.
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Blotched Hawkfish (Cirrhitichthys aprinus) perched on a sponge. Photographed in Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia. —Liz #hawkfish #underwater #fish #CirrhitichthysAprinus
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This was the last frame before my housing filled with seawater! It was my first ever DSLR (after previously shooting on slide film), and I was working in the Fiji Islands. Diving at 30m/100' on a sea mount, I was happily admiring this magnificent stand of sea whips and soft corals, and waiting for that Golden damselfish to pose nicely. I took this shot, then the fish swam even closer.. but the camera trigger jammed up. I looked through the dome port and saw some drops of water beading along the inside. Oh dear. I couldn't rush to the surface to dabble with camera damage control, I was too deep. So, it was the standard slow ascent, plus the standard 3-minute safety stop, all the while watching as more and more water trickled into the camera housing. I'm not gonna lie, there were some choice expletives muttered into my regulator all the way up to the surface. Camera and lens were relegated to the rubbish bin (but the memory card lived on). Seems this underwater photography lark can get expensive. Pleased with the pic, though; it was published in the first edition of Wetpixel Quarterly, way back when. —Liz
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Macro photograph of a 2cm Porcelain Crab. The crab’s pale colouring and diminutive size allow it to live hidden and protected amongst the spiky polyps of a Soft Coral. Photographed underwater at 25m/80ft in Tulamben, Bali, Indonesia. The print of this image earned a Silver award at the last Australian Professional Photography Awards. —Liz #porcelaincrab #softcoral #dendronephthya #macrophotography #underwaterphotography #wildlifephotography

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Hanging out at the Deco Bar. Before ending a dive, scuba divers do a 3-5 minute safety stop at 5m/15" to help off-gas the compressed nitrogen that has dissolved into the body's tissues while diving at depth. If you ascend too quickly you risk getting decompression sickness ("the bends"). Tokina 10-17mm fisheye lens, Subal underwater housing, ambient light. #scuba #diving #scubadiving #safetystop #decobar #divers #underwater  
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I don't care if they are a cliché subject, anemonefish are simply too photogenic for me to ignore. So for as long as I can still scuba dive I will continue to shoot these little cuties. Photographed in Komodo, Indonesia. —Liz  #anemonefish #clownfish #underwater #underwaterphotography #wildlifephotography #komodo #indonesia #nemo #naturephotography #marinelife  
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