Fort Jefferson - Dry Tortugas National Park   7/8/15

 

This set is from a trip around the wall near the fort.

Huge overspreading corals and some big fish.

 

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incredible markings
incredible markings

on this brittle star

brown porous sea rods
brown porous sea rods
atlantic triggerfish
atlantic triggerfish
knobby brain coral
knobby brain coral

incredible colonies covering underwater foundations of the fort

queen parrotfish
queen parrotfish
sun anemone
sun anemone
barfin blenny
barfin blenny
bahamian sea fan
bahamian sea fan
mature hogfish
mature hogfish

this guy was huge 3' long

sheets of symmetrical brain coral
sheets of symmetrical brain coral
large field of green grape alga
large field of green grape alga
tiny rosy blenny
tiny rosy blenny
sun anemones
sun anemones
unidentified segmented worm
unidentified segmented worm
huge overspreading brain coral
huge overspreading brain coral
porkfish
porkfish
caribbean slender chiton
caribbean slender chiton
undersea vineyard
undersea vineyard
pretty coral with wide valleys
pretty coral with wide valleys

hosting a big anemone

blue tang
blue tang

intermediate phase

lettuce sea slug
lettuce sea slug
at least nine species of coral
at least nine species of coral
marvelous brittle sponge
marvelous brittle sponge

and what are those many brilliantly-colored life forms growing on the wall

blue parrotfish   initial phase
blue parrotfish initial phase
queen parrotfish
queen parrotfish
warty sea rod
warty sea rod
city of coral encrusting shelf
city of coral encrusting shelf
very small unknown blenny
very small unknown blenny
gray snapper
gray snapper
banded-armed brittle star
banded-armed brittle star
giant anemone
giant anemone
brown zoanthid
brown zoanthid
unknown blenny
unknown blenny
young conch
young conch
inflated sea biscuit
inflated sea biscuit
skeleton of inflated sea biscuit
skeleton of inflated sea biscuit
porous sea rods
porous sea rods
corals overspreading corals
corals overspreading corals
atlantic triggerfish
atlantic triggerfish
ridged cactus coral
ridged cactus coral