One thing I love about diving is the surprising variety of colours to see. Closer to the surface at about 3 metres depth, the coral starts off rather pastelly and not particularly colourful. The fish are also somehow less colourful up here. Here’s where I admire the beautiful clear blue of the sea or observe the interesting textures of the coral.
Then just slightly deeper and the colourful fish start popping out. It’s faintly surprising that entire schools of fish can be an intense electric blue with bronzed yellow fins.
Alternatively, they could be bright magenta, standing out brilliantly against the sometimes drab coral.
Then there are the slightly bigger and less colourful but no less flamboyant-looking pyramid butterflyfish. They somehow look like company logos swimming around in loose schools.
There are also bigger fish that hold plenty of colour, like this pair of bright red crescent-tail bigeyes that stared miserably out at my camera. Their colourful background didn’t help lift their mood at all. How sad to have a permanently downturned mouth.
One of the more cheerful looking fish is the aptly named fire dartfish, that stands out so prettily against the white sandy area it likes to live in.
Against the more colourful coral background, there are the pictus blenny, looking incongruously like a yellow-tailed Homer Simpson, and the royal dottyback, showing off its magenta and bright yellow colouring.
In the coral itself are Christmas tree worms, like this pretty yellow version.
A real treat is to come across a whole range of colours on one piece of coral. Here, the worms are white-edged brown, bright pink, electric blue and yellow.
Others living off the coral include this sea cucumber lined brightly in vermillion. Its stripes work well with its nobbly skin.
My perennial favourites of bright orange clown anemonefish are another colourful highlight of diving. Here, a whole family looks up expectantly out of dusky pink-brown anemone.
In blue-tinged green anemone, the very slightly purplish pink anemonefish looks out more dolefully.
A much tinier fish, the translucent red whip coral goby lives on fiery red whip coral, shyly looking everywhere but the camera.
Then at night slightly more colours come out. The blue on this scrawled filefish comes out decently against the reds of the coral.
And the vermillion, brown and white of the twinspot lionfish come out dramatically against the slightly more muted coral.
We had our own colours too. As a contrast from the usual black of neoprene wetsuits, DC and I went for red fins, which appeared purplish when deeper as the water absorbed the red light.
And I decided more colour is always good, and wore my bright pink dolphin hood to match the colourful underwater life.
More to come next post!