40 Unbelievable Underwater Snapshots

From reef diving in Cozumel to finding Nemo in Bali, BT readers plumbed the depths to capture amazing displays of life below the water's surface.

By , Thursday, Nov 3, 2011, 5:00 PM

Source Article: 40 Unbelievable Underwater Snapshots

"Riotous color 50 feet down in Cozumel. Every dive is spectacular."

(Courtesy JIMDEAN/myBudgetTravel)

"Diving the USS Liberty off the eastern coast of Bali, I found Nemo!"

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"Yoga may be relaxing, but underwater it can make you feel even more weightless than on land!"

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"The yellow and blue eye highlight of this little fish really pop against the red of the sponge."

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"While on a boat dive off the Kahala Coast of the Big Island of Hawaii, I shot this nudibranch—it's just over an inch in length and very delicate."

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"I was snorkeling off Disney's private island in the Bahamas when this kid came out of nowhere diving for shells."

(Courtesy Coolcameragirl/myBudgetTravel)

"Vacationing in Maui, Hawaii: a sea turtle at Black Rock."

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"A sharp-tailed eel found in Bonaire."

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"A lacy scorpion fish found in Bali—very rare."

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"A penguin found in the Galápagos."

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"Tim, a diver from Vancouver, B.C., did not see the white-tip shark as it swam over him."

(Courtesy Ernest Manewal/myBudgetTravel)

"This view presented itself in only 15 feet of water, and it looked like an aquarium: brain coral, Christmas tree worms, and butterfly fish."

(Courtesy shelly1956/myBudgetTravel)

"A coralline sculpin against a red volcano sponge—some stunning contrast."

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"A purple jellyfish shot in an aquarium."

(Courtesy Coolcameragirl/myBudgetTravel)

"This squid was swimming along the top of the water as we were snorkeling at the Great Barrier Reef."

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"Divers from the International School of Port of Spain, Trinidad, diving in Tobago."

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"This photo of a butterfly fish was taken in the Maskelyne Islands in Vanuatu."

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"A unique exhibit at the Oregon Aquarium interspersed glass art with colorful sea life. Here, a fierce-looking lionfish swims among colorful disks and bowls."

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"A stingray in the Bahamas."

(Courtesy Coolcameragirl/myBudgetTravel)

"This shipwreck is located about 100 feet underwater off the coast of Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii. We were in a submarine at the time."

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"An Easter skunk anemone fish, found in Palau."

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"La Paz sea lion."

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"A pair of butterfly fish, taken underwater at Lighthouse Reef in Belize."

(Courtesy Ernest Manewal/myBudgetTravel)

"An anemone discovered in 100 feet of water off of Rachel Carson's Salt Pond Preserve in Bristol, Maine."

(Courtesy spurdog/myBudgetTravel)

"Surrounded by tens of thousands of silvery fish in a 'bait ball' in Bonaire."

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"While scuba diving in St. Martin, I was playing around with a $13 underwater camera. When diving, I have a hard time staying still underwater…let alone getting my subjects to stay still! In this case, though, I was thrilled I caught him in motion!"

(Courtesy shelly1956/myBudgetTravel)

"Underwater garden, snorkeling in Bermuda."

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"Diving the Gran Cenote, Tulum, Mexico."

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"Taken while diving in Key Largo."

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"The exquisite sea life at the California Academy of Science in San Francisco."

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"Key Largo underwater."

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"The clear blue waters at Diver's Cove in Sand Harbor State Park, Lake Tahoe, make it perfect for taking underwater photographs."

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"This huge wreck, intentionally sunk, has attracted all sorts of life. This fantastically colored parrot fish gazes at the radar dish."

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"The seaweed blenny is one of the more goofy blennies to be documented."

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"Discovering underwater treasures like this sea-urchin colony while snorkeling in northern Palawan of the Philippines."

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"Look closely, and you can see the eyes and outline of a stingray hidden in the sand. Took this picture with a disposable camera at John Pennecamp Park in the Florida Keys."

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"This school of convict tang was making its way through the reef, eating everything in its path, on the North Shore of Oahu."

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"The thalassinidean shrimp is one of the weirder creatures you will find underwater in the Florida Keys."

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"This was taken in Mystic Aquarium in Mystic, Conn."

(Courtesy Coolcameragirl/myBudgetTravel)

"This dusky jawfish was my favorite friend from my Key West jaunt!"

(Courtesy spurdog/myBudgetTravel)