The posters in this gallery depict the awesome creatures of the underwater
environment: the rare, bizarre, dangerous, large and so on.
f022826: A large sand octopus has taken refuge inside a decaying
crayfish pot while a diver watches in awe, 20m deep near Leigh, New Zealand.
Just minutes earlier, this large sand octopus caught a smaller one, which
it is cannibalising while holding it inside its tough web.
f020733: A large red scorpionfish lurks for prey amongst
the green sea lettuce on a rock face at the Poor Knights Islands, New Zealand.
This red scorpionfish (Scorpaena papillosus) can swallow
surprisingly large fish with its large mouth and mouth cavity.
f025621: A spotted wobbegong shark startles a diver as it
suddenly wakes up from a nap in a gully of the Julian Rocks, Australia.
Spotted wobbegong sharks (Orectolobus maculatus) forage by night
but sleep by day.
f025705: A leopard shark sleeping in a gully in the Julian
Rocks marine reserve, Australia. The leopard shark (Stegostoma fasciatum)
has large breast fins to work the sea bottom in search of shellfish.
f025013: A large variable sea hare was found feeding on sea
lettuce at the Poor Knights Islands, New Zealand. Variable seahares (Aplysia
dactylomela) live in coastal, sheltered areas and are often found in
rock pools. They grow fast because their bodies contain little substance.
f022536: Mosaic morays always look threatening because of
their needle-like teeth. Poor Knights Is. Mosaic Morays (Enchelycore
ramosa) are found in northern waters of NZ but are common in Lord Howe
f020736: A red northern scorpionfish among green sea lettuce
at the Poor Knights Is, New Zealand. These scorpion fish (Scorpaena
papillosus) have very large mouths and mouth cavities.