Pictures from Underwater Life

The underwater life in the Red Sea is extremely fascinating and manifold, and I went for snorkeling for many times. Due to the fact, that, after an initial "in formation overflow", scenes and fish species are repeating, I decided to sort the pictures according to the species instead of dayly reports.
It really is not trivial to make good pictures from fish, because they mostly don´t keep still and it is difficult to see on a small and not too light display what will be on the picture. However: with a bit of luck and some post-processing on the PC, you may get rather decent pictures. Here you get a selection of about 1.000 exposures.
According to the coloring, I have to say in the face of camera technique, that the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3, which is water-tight down to 12 m, has a special setting for underwater pictures, mainly filtering blue components that are enhanced due to the water environment. Using this setting and furthermore processing the pictures enhancing contrast and coloring, the pictures also get better.
Each fish species comes with one picture or with a link on the caption and the picture leading you to a subpage with more pictures of that species; on that subpage (or t the original caption, if there is only one picture) there also is a link to an explaining site like Wikipedia or the like.
At the end of the page, there are a few pictures of the reef and the corals as well as some unknown fish species.

Trying to identify fish with the help of the internet, I found Günter Indra´s page. A soulmate, "weird" like me to upload pictures to the internet and claiming to be as correct as possible with the identification. I contacted him when this page was first uploaded, and he really helped me with Identification of several species as yet unknown to me. Thank you very much, Günther!


Abudjubbe Wrass

Sohal Surgeonfish

Arabian Picasso triggerfish

Blacktip grouper

Purple Tang

Bluefin Trevally (Caranx melampygus)

Bluespotted ribbontail ray

Slender Squirrelfish

Dusky Spinefoot

Loggerhead Sea Turtle

One spot snapper

Threadfin Butterflyfish

Bluespotted Cornetfish

Yellowfin Goatfish (Mulloidichthys vanicolensis)

Naso Tang (Lipstick Tang)

Arabian Monocle Bream (Scolopsis ghanam)

Geometric moray

Gracile Lizardfish

Red Sea Sailfin Tang (Zebrasoma desjardinii)

Indopacific Sergeant

Vermillion seabass

Daisy Parrotfish (Chlorurus sordidus)

Spotted Unicornfish

Longtale Silver Biddy

Network Pipefish

Orange lined Triggerfish (Balistapus undulatus)

Collector urchin (Tripneustes gratilla)

Royal Angelfish

Greasy Grouper

Red Octopus (hidden under the rock in great parts)

Klunzinger´s Wrasse

Blacktail Butterflyfish

Red Sea Toby

Eritrean Butterflyfish


Blackspot Sergeant

Zebrasoma species

Yellowstripe goatfish

Rainbow wrass species (Coris aygula)

Fringelip Mullet

Diagonal Butterflyfish

Target Fish

Green Birdmouth Wrass (Gomphosus caeruleus klunzingeri)

White-spotted Puffer (Arothron hispidus)

Blotcheye Soldierfish

A great meeting of four different fish: Dusky Parrotfish (Scarus niger) in the foreground, Striped Bristletooth (Ctenochaetus striatus) behind, then Purple tang (Zebrasoma xanthurum) to the right, and a parrot fish left behind (maybe viridescent parrotfish - Calotomus viridescens)
Many thanks to Günther Indra for this identification!

Giant Clam (Tridacna squamosa) and

Fire Coral

Giant Clam (Tridacna squamosa)

Now, here some more pictures from the reef and the corals and as yet unidentified fish:

Which coral species?

Which coral species?

Which coral species?

Which coral species?

The steep escarpment of the reef

Reef escarpment

Do you know this fish species? (the big one)?