El Hierro

El Hierro smallest and most western of the Canary Islands. After a bumpy ride in a zodiac across the rough atlantic on dives in clear water with great underwater landscape. Thanks to Günter and Jutta from Fan Diving Hierro. The week was great! The island is also a jewel above water. (49 Images)

Sand EelsImage 1/49 Sand Eels: A sandy patch on the ground full of sand eels. They are very shy. Once one gets too close they draw back into their tubes. — Desierto, El Hierro, Canary Islands, 5 September 2003 GrouperImage 2/49 Grouper: A big curious grouper which likes being photographed. — Desierto, El Hierro, Canary Islands, 5 September 2003 Trumpet FishImage 3/49 Trumpet Fish: There are many trumpet fish around El Hierro. What I didn't know that time that they are also capable of changing their colour within fractions of a second. — Desierto, El Hierro, Canary Islands, 5 September 2003 GrouperImage 4/49 Grouper: Again the big curious grouper which likes being photographed. — Desierto, El Hierro, Canary Islands, 5 September 2003 Günter and GrouperImage 5/49 Günter and Grouper: Günter, our dive guide from Fan Diving Hierro is taking a picture of a big grouper. — Desierto, El Hierro, Canary Islands, 5 September 2003 Fire WormImage 6/49 Fire Worm: A fire worm. As the name might suggest, it is not a good idea to touch them. — Desierto, El Hierro, Canary Islands, 5 September 2003
Marine BiologistsImage 7/49 Marine Biologists: Two marine biologists at work, digging in the sand, searching for little animals. — Desierto, El Hierro, Canary Islands, 5 September 2003 Moray EelImage 8/49 Moray Eel: A moray eel with a fresh wound. It probably had a fight recently. — Desierto, El Hierro, Canary Islands, 5 September 2003 Tube-dwelling AnemoneImage 9/49 Tube-dwelling Anemone: One of the few tube-dwelling anemones around El Hierre. Here a white coloured example. — Playa Herradura, El Hierro, Canary Islands, 6 September 2003 Breams with Trumpet FishImage 10/49 Breams with Trumpet Fish: Breams with six dark stripes and lot of brown trumpet fish. — Playa Herradura, El Hierro, Canary Islands, 6 September 2003 GrouperImage 11/49 Grouper: Deep look into the throat of a big greenish grouper. — El Bajon, El Hierro, Canary Islands, 7 September 2003 Moray EelImage 12/49 Moray Eel: Close-up of a moray eel with the four nostril tubes. The dimples around the mouth could be sensors. — El Bajon, El Hierro, Canary Islands, 7 September 2003
Moray EelImage 13/49 Moray Eel: Another moray eel where one can see its teeth. — El Bajon, El Hierro, Canary Islands, 7 September 2003 Arrow CrabImage 14/49 Arrow Crab: An arrow crab (Stenorhynchus seticornis) is nibbling on something. — Cuevas de Diablo, El Hierro, Canary Islands, 7 September 2003 Devils CaveImage 15/49 Devils Cave: A diver in the devil's cave, one of the most beautiful dive spots around La Restinga. — Cuevas de Diablo, El Hierro, Canary Islands, 7 September 2003 Sea StarImage 16/49 Sea Star: A red sea star on a rock covered with yellow sponges. — Cuevas de Diablo, El Hierro, Canary Islands, 7 September 2003 Flat crab with sea urchinImage 17/49 Flat crab with sea urchin: A flat crab and in the background a black sea urchin. — Cuevas de Diablo, El Hierro, Canary Islands, 7 September 2003 Jellyfish with PlanctonImage 18/49 Jellyfish with Plancton: A jellyfish with a lot of plancton around. The placton appears as airy disk because the f-stop was very small. On the flagella one can see rainbow colours. — Cuevas de Diablo, El Hierro, Canary Islands, 7 September 2003
Underwater LandscapeImage 19/49 Underwater Landscape: A pretty volcano underwater landscape with wall and clear water at the rock neede of El Bajon. In reality it looked much better. I didn't have a fisheye lens at that time. — El Bajon, El Hierro, Canary Islands, 8 September 2003 Underwater LandscapeImage 20/49 Underwater Landscape: A pretty volcano underwater landscape with wall and clear water at the rock neede of El Bajon. In reality it looked much better. I didn't have a fisheye lens at that time. — El Bajon, El Hierro, Canary Islands, 8 September 2003 Underwater LandscapeImage 21/49 Underwater Landscape: A pretty volcano underwater landscape with wall and clear water at the rock neede of El Bajon. In reality it looked much better. I didn't have a fisheye lens at that time. — El Bajon, El Hierro, Canary Islands, 8 September 2003 Two-banded breamsImage 22/49 Two-banded breams: A swarm of two-banded breams (Diplodus vulgaris), escaping from the divers. — El Bajon, El Hierro, Canary Islands, 8 September 2003 Moray EelImage 23/49 Moray Eel: A big brown moray eel. — El Bajon, El Hierro, Canary Islands, 8 September 2003 Underwater LandscapeImage 24/49 Underwater Landscape: Underwater landscape with diver in the background. — El Bajon, El Hierro, Canary Islands, 8 September 2003
ScorpionfishImage 25/49 Scorpionfish: A little scorpionfish. Sometimes there were that many that one had to look carefully where to touch the rock. — El Bajon, El Hierro, Canary Islands, 8 September 2003 Underwater LandscapeImage 26/49 Underwater Landscape: Again the impressive underwater landscape of El Bajon, a rock needle in the ocean. — El Bajon, El Hierro, Canary Islands, 8 September 2003 GrouperImage 27/49 Grouper: Cuckoo! Again a grouper who likes cameramen taking pictures. — El Bajon, El Hierro, Canary Islands, 8 September 2003 Trumpet FishImage 28/49 Trumpet Fish: A canyon full of trumpet fish. — Cuevas de Camerones, El Hierro, Canary Islands, 8 September 2003 CaveImage 29/49 Cave: Lightbeams inside a cave close to the shore. — Cuevas de Camerones, El Hierro, Canary Islands, 8 September 2003 AlgaeImage 30/49 Algae: Underwater landscape with a kind of fern like algae in the foreground. How are they called? — Cuevas de Camerones, El Hierro, Canary Islands, 8 September 2003
Canyon with Trumpet FishImage 31/49 Canyon with Trumpet Fish: A canyon full with trumpet fish. I've never seen that many trumpet fish on the same place. — Cuevas de Camerones, El Hierro, Canary Islands, 8 September 2003 Safety StopImage 32/49 Safety Stop: Safety stop while ascending to the zodiac after a wonderful dive. — Cuevas de Camerones, El Hierro, Canary Islands, 8 September 2003 Günter with OctopusImage 33/49 Günter with Octopus: Günter our dive guide from Fan Diving Hierro is playing with an octopus during a night dive. — La Restinga harbour, El Hierro, Canary Islands, 8 September 2003 OctopusImage 34/49 Octopus: Looks a bit dazzled the poor octopus. — La Restinga harbour, El Hierro, Canary Islands, 8 September 2003 Wide-eyed FlounderImage 35/49 Wide-eyed Flounder: Where is the fish? This is a well carmouflaged wide-eyed flounder (Bothus podas) on the sand. — La Restinga harbour, El Hierro, Canary Islands, 8 September 2003 Slipper LobsterImage 36/49 Slipper Lobster: A mediterranean slipper lobster (Scyllarides latus). — La Restinga harbour, El Hierro, Canary Islands, 8 September 2003
Stenorhynchus seticornisImage 37/49 Stenorhynchus seticornis: An arrow crab (Stenorhynchus seticornis). — La Restinga harbour, El Hierro, Canary Islands, 8 September 2003 PufferfishImage 38/49 Pufferfish: Fugu wants to sleep. — La Restinga harbour, El Hierro, Canary Islands, 8 September 2003 FishImage 39/49 Fish: A sleeping fish. — La Restinga harbour, El Hierro, Canary Islands, 8 September 2003 Swimming CrabImage 40/49 Swimming Crab: A swimming crab ( Sea AnemoneImage 41/49 Sea Anemone: At night the sea anemone are blooming all around in the harbour. — La Restinga harbour, El Hierro, Canary Islands, 8 September 2003 Ray EyeImage 42/49 Ray Eye: Who is looking at you out of the sand? Raymond the ray. — La Restinga harbour, El Hierro, Canary Islands, 8 September 2003
Sea HareImage 43/49 Sea Hare: The spotted sea hare (Aplysia dactylomela) is a large nudibranch. There are also black ones but they were not good for taking pictures. — La Restinga harbour, El Hierro, Canary Islands, 8 September 2003 OctopusImage 44/49 Octopus: An octopus close to the harbour wall during night dive. — La Restinga harbour, El Hierro, Canary Islands, 8 September 2003 Underwater LandscapeImage 45/49 Underwater Landscape: Underwater landscape with many fish. — Playa Herradura, El Hierro, Canary Islands, 9 September 2003 Parrot FishImage 46/49 Parrot Fish: A parrot fish nibbling on algae. — Nikon Coolpix 990, La Restinga, El Hierro, Canary Islands, September 2003 File FishImage 47/49 File Fish: This is a file fish. — Nikon Coolpix 990, La Restinga, El Hierro, Canary Islands, September 2003 Group of groupersImage 48/49 Group of groupers: A swarm of groupers is passing by. — Nikon Coolpix 990, La Restinga, El Hierro, Canary Islands, September 2003
Arrow CrabImage 49/49 Arrow Crab: Arrow crabs (Stenorhynchus seticornis) in an opening in the harbour wall. — Nikon Coolpix 990, La Restinga, El Hierro, Canary Islands, September 2003