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

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

incredible colonies covering underwater foundations of the fort

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

this guy was huge 3' long

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

hosting a big anemone

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blue tang
blue tang

intermediate phase

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

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

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