A Round-the-World Underwater Photo Blog


8th June was World Ocean Day and the lean team at LeanPac®cannot help but end up debating who has the best underwater encounters among us. This blog is a result of the few that can be proven with relatively good photo evidence. See photos taken of colorful sea creatures, snorkelling and diving, in this underwater photo blog.

We have chosen photos from different countries and dive sites. Hopefully, you will appreciate and enjoy them as much as we’ve enjoyed our debate and discussions on this topic!

Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain.

I was moving in to take a picture of this lovely, red Canarian Lobster. As I was about to push the trigger a Moray eel emerged from his crevice behind. He probably thought it was an easy meal. So by pure luck I got this dramatic photo of an eel vs a lobster involved in a deadly stand-off. Note all the shrimps behind the Sea Urchin. By the way, the lobster managed to get away.

Oslob, Southern Cebu, Philippines.

You can travel to this remote spot to snorkel with juvenile Whale Sharks. I say juvenile but they are truly huge nonetheless, up to 6 or 7 meters long. Opinion is divided whether it’s ethical to let tourists splash about with these sharks but they are free to swim away if they like (the sharks, that is). But they’ve stayed in the area for a long time and seem happy to hang around.

That said, as wonderful as it was to see these magnificent fish up close there was a feeling that it wasn’t quite right somehow.

Jelly Fish Lake, Palau.

You need to take a boat to this rugged island where the lake is situated and then take a short hike across the ridge that separates it from the sea. It’s an interesting place in its own right but it’s the Jellies that are the big attraction. There are millions of them in this relatively small lake and they move with the sun across it as the day progresses. They are literally everywhere and you can’t avoid bumping into them all the time. No worries though as they don’t sting and are completely harmless. Quite the opposite, great care has to be taken so you don’t hurt them with your fins as you’re snorkeling along.

Cozumel, Mexico.

This is the Splendid Toadfish, endemic to the area and found nowhere else in the world. It sure does justify its name, as it’s one of the most beautiful fish out there. They tend to hang out under coral outcrops and are very rarely seen swimming around freely. It doesn’t really look like a toad at all but, funnily, gets its name from the grunting sound it makes. You can hear this sound all the time as you dive on the Palancar Reef but unfortunately you don’t get to see them as often as you hear them.