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John Dory
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JD's are quite strange looking fish but this individual was particularly weird. He seemed to be attracted to divers and fluttered around us in circles with his body tilted to one side.
Nikon F3, Aquatica 3 housing, 60mm micro Nikkor lens, Ikelite Ai/n strobe, 1/60s, Fuji Velvia film.

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Shark Dive
Real blokes don't use cages when diving with sharks but it does give you something to hang onto. The Hawkes Bay and Wairarapa regions are not well known for the quality of their rugby teams but their sharks are definitely worth checking out.
Nikon F3, Aquatica 3 housing, 18mm Nikkor lens, Fuji Provia film.

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Spanish Lobster
A Spanish (or slipper) lobster snapped at Northern Arch at the Poor Knights Islands.
Nikon F3, Aquatica 3 housing, 60mm micro Nikkor lens, Ikelite Ai/n + Sea & Sea YS50 strobes, 1/60s, Fuji Velvia film.

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Mako !
What a beautiful fish! Swimming out in the open with these guys is one of those unforgettable experiences. This shot was taken in Hawke Bay with an 18mm ultra-wide angle lens which is way too wide. I can't wait to get get back in the water with these sharks and a 28mm lens.
Nikon F3, Aquatica 3 housing, 18mm Nikkor lens, Fuji Provia film.

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Poor Knights Garden
These sponges and cup corals are typical of life on the bottom at the Poor Knights Islands.
Nikon F3, Aquatica 3 housing, 60mm micro Nikkor lens, Ikelite Ai/n + Sea & Sea YS 50, 1/60s, Fuji Velvia film.

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Yellow-banded perch
Yellow-banded perch (Acanthistius cinctus) are not a commonly seen but are occasionally found in caves and crevices at the Poor Knights Islands.
Nikon F3, Aquatica 3 housing, 60mm micro Nikkor lens, Ikelite Ai/n + Sea & Sea YS 50, 1/60s, Fuji Velvia film.

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Jewel Anemones
Jewel anemones (Corynactis haddoni) hang off a railing on the wreck of the Rainbow Warrior.
Nikon F3, Aquatica 3 housing, 55mm micro Nikkor lens, Ikelite Ai/n, 1/80s, Fuji Velvia film.

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Golden Snapper
This Golden snapper (Centroberyx affinis) was snapped at Tie Dye Arch, part of the the Poor Knights Islands marine reserve. They are normally found in deeper water, in caves or beneath overhangs where light levels are low. In such gloomy conditions their beautiful colours are only revealed by artificial lighting as in this spectacular image.
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Nikon F3, Aquatica 3 housing, 60mm micro Nikkor lens, Ikelite Ai/n + Sea & Sea YS 50, 1/80s, Fuji Velvia film.

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Crested Blenny

The Crested blenny (Parablennius laticlavius) is surely one our cutest little fish. They flit about a lot as most little fish do but patience often rewards the photographer with an eye to eye encounter with these little characters.
Nikon F3, Aquatica 3 housing, 60mm micro Nikkor lens, Ikelite Ai/n + Sea & Sea YS 50, 1/60s, Fuji Velvia film.

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