I had planned on heading to Île Tintamarre and had the boat all ready for some sailing and had the engine started and the anchor ball taken down when my friends from Zanzibar came in and told me that the waves were pretty high out there and the wind stronger than it looked so I opted to stay put after all instead of spending a potentially uncomfortable night aboard the boat off Tintamarre.
So I ended up doing two dives off Creole Rock - the second one was a night dive. I prepared everything, including a second flashlight hanging off the dinghy so that I could locate it underwater in the dark and a VHF handheld radio (just in case) and headed off to the rock in the dinghy shortly before sunset. I was in the water and descended to 20 feet about 15 minutes before dark and let the darkness settle upon me and the seascape, it was interesting to see the daytime shift go to sleep and the night shift come out of hiding. After dark it was surprising how much life came out and every fifth hole in the reef had a Moray eel head poking out of it. While I got some good pictures, the battery on the camera (not the flash, I'd charged that) ran out and some of the nicer images didn't make it onto the website but will just have to remain in my mind.

Creole Rock in the distance The distant creole rock is a great snorkeling and shallow-water scuba destination.
(2012-02-11 09:32:55 NIKON D7000 with a "18.0-200.0 mm f/3.5-5.6" lens. [f/8.0, 1/100s] ISO 100 Focus ∞)
[18°6'19.7"N 63°3'24.18"W (facing N)]
Creole Rock in the distance
Juvenile Cocoa Damselfish A juvenile cocoa Damselfish (Stegastes variabilis [Pomacentridae])
(2012-02-11 13:19:22 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/18.0, 1/125s] ISO 100 Focus 0.30m)
[18°7'3.64"N 63°3'24.37"W ]
Juvenile Cocoa Damselfish
Playing peek-a-boo with me This blue tang kept on playing hide-and-seek behind the coral, popping up occasionally for a look and then disappearing again.
(2012-02-11 13:23:10 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/18.0, 1/125s] ISO 100 Focus 0.33m)
[18°7'3.64"N 63°3'24.37"W ]
Playing peek-a-boo with me
Shirmp in the anemone Shirmp in the anemone
(2012-02-11 13:30:27 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/18.0, 1/125s] ISO 100 Focus 0.30m)
[18°7'3.64"N 63°3'24.37"W ]
Shirmp in the anemone
Feathers filtering out food Feathers filtering out food
(2012-02-11 13:44:14 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/10.0, 1/125s] ISO 100 Focus 0.30m)
[18°7'3.64"N 63°3'24.37"W ]
Feathers filtering out food
Shrimp and fish A larger shrimp and small fish hiding under a ledge
(2012-02-11 13:46:44 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/10.0, 1/125s] ISO 100 Focus 0.33m)
[18°7'3.64"N 63°3'24.37"W ]
Shrimp and fish
Grunts and shrimp A shrimp next to an anemone with a couple of grunts
(2012-02-11 13:46:50 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/10.0, 1/125s] ISO 100 Focus 0.33m)
[18°7'3.64"N 63°3'24.37"W ]
Grunts and shrimp
Shrimp, Anemone and Harlequin Bass A harlequin Bass next to a shrimp
(2012-02-11 13:47:45 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/18.0, 1/125s] ISO 100 Focus 0.30m)
[18°7'3.64"N 63°3'24.37"W ]
Shrimp, Anemone and Harlequin Bass
Two types of shrimp beside each other Next to an anemone there are two shrimp of different types (plus on the left the tentacles of a cleaner shrimp are waving around)
(2012-02-11 13:48:23 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/18.0, 1/125s] ISO 100 Focus 0.30m)
[18°7'3.64"N 63°3'24.37"W ]
Two types of shrimp beside each other
Tiny fish next to a shrimp Tiny fish next to a shrimp
(2012-02-11 13:51:49 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/7.1, 1/125s] ISO 100 Focus 0.33m)
[18°7'3.64"N 63°3'24.37"W ]
Tiny fish next to a shrimp
Pederson cleaner shrimp waiting Two pederson cleaner shrimp waving tentacles looking for custom while a small juvenile trunkfish
(2012-02-11 13:55:49 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/7.1, 1/125s] ISO 100 Focus 0.32m)
[18°7'3.64"N 63°3'24.37"W ]
Pederson cleaner shrimp waiting
Spot the Trumpetfish This trumpetfish is well camouflaged and can't be seen from the other side of the sea fern.
(2012-02-11 13:59:57 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/10.0, 1/125s] ISO 100 Focus 0.38m)
[18°7'3.64"N 63°3'24.37"W ]
Spot the Trumpetfish
Spotted moray waiting for dinner to swim by A spotted Moray Eel after dark waiting for something edible to swim by.
(2012-02-11 18:31:47 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/14.0, 1/125s] ISO 200 Focus 0.47m)
[18°7'3.64"N 63°3'24.37"W ]
Spotted moray waiting for dinner to swim by
Pederson cleaner shrimp A cleaner shrimp underneath a rocky outcropping is waving tentacles trying to attract customers for cleaning parasites.
(2012-02-11 13:57:01 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/7.1, 1/125s] ISO 100 Focus 0.30m)
[18°7'3.64"N 63°3'24.37"W ]
Pederson cleaner shrimp
Pederson shrimp up close Pederson shrimp up close
(2012-02-11 13:57:09 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/7.1, 1/125s] ISO 100 Focus 0.30m)
[18°7'3.64"N 63°3'24.37"W ]
Pederson shrimp up close
Starfish on the move A starfish wandering around the bottom after dark
(2012-02-11 18:38:51 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/14.0, 1/125s] ISO 200 Focus 0.38m)
[18°7'3.64"N 63°3'24.37"W ]
Starfish on the move
Scrawled  Filefish A Scrawled Filefish (Aluterus scriptus [Monacanthidae]) after dark.
(2012-02-11 14:07:59 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/10.0, 1/125s] ISO 100 Focus 0.38m)
[18°7'3.64"N 63°3'24.37"W ]
Scrawled Filefish
Green moray being cleaned This green moray is being cleaned by a Pederson cleaner shrimp while a small fish eyes the camera and a bigger shrimp is outside.
(2012-02-11 18:22:44 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/14.0, 1/125s] ISO 200 Focus 0.45m)
[18°7'3.64"N 63°3'24.37"W ]
Green moray being cleaned
Open wide... Open wide...
(2012-02-11 18:23:40 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/14.0, 1/125s] ISO 200 Focus 0.56m)
[18°7'3.64"N 63°3'24.37"W ]
Open wide...
Green Moray poking out of its hole Green Moray poking out of its hole
(2012-02-11 18:27:16 NIKON D7000 with a "35.0 mm f/1.8" lens. [f/14.0, 1/125s] ISO 200 Focus 0.38m)
[18°7'3.64"N 63°3'24.37"W ]
Green Moray poking out of its hole
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