The Blenny (or Blennioidei) is a small fish, with elongated body (some almost eel-like), and relatively large eyes and mouths. The Blennioidei is a suborder consisting of 6 families of 833 species in total. In German their name is "Schleimfisch" (similar to the original Greek name). On this picture, you see a Blenny peeking out of a coral at a dive spot in Bonaire a few years ago. <3 Photo: Jian Xu
Mr. Poison :) The Stonefish is dangerously venomous and even fatal to humans. It is one of the most venomous fish known. The dorsal fins which are the main source of venom. It can be found in the coastal regions of the Indo-Pacific. Their stings can occur on the beach, not just in the water, since they can survive out of the water for up to 24 hours. They are not easily seen as they look similar to rocks or coral. That said, their venom is only activated when they are stepped on.
The Mandarinfish is native to the Pacific. It is a small, brightly colored member of the dragonet family with very vivid colouration, evoking the robes of an Imperial Chinese mandarin. Mandarinfish also have a layer of smelly and bitter slime instead of scales, which blocks out disease and probably also discourages predators, implying their bright coloration is aposematic (aposematic = concept of warning coloration).
The Crocodilefish has an elongated body and the head is particular because of its flat appearance like a duck bill. They have lappets at the rear of their globulous eyes, which help to break up the outline of the black iris and improve their camouflage. Crocodilefish dig themselves into the sand to ambush their prey. Even if they belong ot the same fish family as the most venomous stone fish ("Scorpaeniformes"), crocodilefish are not poisonous. Photo: Jian Xu
The Hawksbill sea turtle is a critically endangered sea turtle species. It grows to 1m in length, weighing around 80kg on average. Sea sponges are their principal food and the snaps of their sharp, curving beak can be swift and powerful. Hawksbill shells can also slightly change colors, depending on water temperature, and the Hawksbill sea turtle has been shown to be biofluorescent - as the first reptile recorded with this characteristic. They spend more time in shallow lagoons and coral reefs.
Napoleon Wrasses can be up to 2.30m long and weigh up to 200kg, they are the biggest type of wrasse. They sleep between corals and often feed on sea urchins. They prepare their food by taking the urchin to a rock with their mouth in order to crack it open with their heads. They are one of the rare kinds of predators that can eat poisonous fish. Napoleon Wrasses, as well as Humphead Wrasses, are highly endangered species. We <3 them. Photo: Joerg Meier
Spot the difference ;) The Wobbegong Shark is called "Teppichhai" in German. They love to dig themselves into muddy ocean floor. There are many different kinds of Wobbegongs. They mostly eat invertebrate animals and fish. Rarely they feed on Bamboo Sharks. We <3 sharks. Photo: Jian Xu
...to protect what we love: Watch this beautiful inspirational talk by our most favourite award winning inspirational speaker and diver - "Her Deepness" - Sylvia Earle. A perfect Sunday treat :) There are many ways to save the ocean - Ocean. Now! will contribute "at the impact level" in Germany soon and demand the right laws and regulations to make change. Stay tuned! https://www.ted.com/talks/sylvia_earle_s_ted_prize_wish_to_protect_our_oceans
Arthur C. Clarke (1917-2008), physicist and science fiction author, had a point there: Over 70% of our planet is covered by the ocean. Over hundreds of years, we have used the ocean as a dump. It's high time to change this, right in front of our doorstep, including appropriate laws and regulations (our first campaign is coming up soon!). We live on "Planet Ocean" and will do everything we can to protect the Ocean. NOW!