My Friend, the Harbor Seal

Photo by Gabriel Lu

Photo by Gabriel Lu

This young harbor seal dove down 70 feet to meet me at the ocean floor. She looked at me curiously as I blew bubble rings at her, waved at her, and tried to hug her. After about a minute, I offered her a delicious sea urchin. She grinned at me, declined my urchin, and finally swam away.

The Coral Triangle

Photo by Gabriel Lu

Photo by Gabriel Lu

Two divers zoom in on stunning soft coral growing on a seascape blanketed in sea lilies (Crinoids) in the #Coraltriangle of Komodo Island National Park.?

Crimson Soft Coral

Photo by Gabriel Lu

Photo by Gabriel Lu

These delicate soft corals attach to rock formations and get their energy both filter feeding and photosynthesis. They reach their thin branches upward, facing their fan into the current, shining like crimson beacons against the deep blue. 

Flatfish Metamorphosis

Photo by Gabriel Lu

Photo by Gabriel Lu

Flatfishes are born with one eye on each side of their head. During larval metamorphosis, one eye migrates to the other side of the fish’s head, producing asymmetrical features. By the time the skull is fully ossified, the eyes are permanently fixed in place.

Dreamlike Diving British Columbia

Photo by Gabriel Lu

Photo by Gabriel Lu

A diver descends into a dreamlike underwater world covered in brilliant giant white plume anemone in the deep temperate waters off the coast of British Columbia.