Location - Diamond Shoals Water Depth - 20'ft.
Image Depth - 18'ft.
Loggerhead Sea Turtle - Caretta caretta
More than 100 species of animals live on Loggerhead's backs. These parasitic organisms increase drag, but may also serve as a form of camoflage.
I have witnessed turtles rubbing their backs on underwater structure while many species of fish consumed the leftovers.
Location - Cape Point Water Depth - 6ft.
Image Depth - 6ft.
Blue Crab (Callinectes sapidus)
This juvenile Blue Crab is consuming a strand of seaweed while blending in with the shells on the ocean bottom.
Location - About 50 miles off Cape Hatteras Water Depth - 5000ft.
Image Depth - 20ft.
Atlantic Spotted Dolphin (Stenella plagiodon)
Overcast and just before dark, these three members of a offshore pod of dolphins cruise by and checkout the human who has jumped overboard near them. They circled 2 times and then swam off into the purple ocean water following the rest of the pod.
A very cool 20 second open-ocean encounter.
I found this school of Lookdowns swimming over the remnants of a wooden shipwreck that was just barely uncovered from the sand. The lack of marine growth on the shipwreck indicated it had not been exposed long. But it still attracted many types of marine species.
The wreck was buried in sand by the currents the next day.
Location - Hatteras Inlet - Water Depth 20'ft.
Image Depth - 8'ft.
Cutlassfish (Trichiurus lepturus)
Diving with a large school of Ribbonfish (Also refered to as Cutlassfish) can be a bit intimidating. Every fish have their mouths open, exposing long neetle-like teeth. They also hover in the water by oscillating their dorsal fin which can propel them forward or backwards at a high rate of speed.