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40 Unbelievable Underwater Snapshots

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

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

    (Courtesy JIMDEAN/myBudgetTravel)
  2. "Diving the USS Liberty off the eastern coast of Bali, I found Nemo!"

    (Courtesy angelajmerrill/myBudgetTravel)
  3. "Yoga may be relaxing, but underwater it can make you feel even more weightless than on land!"

    (Courtesy lsf21/myBudgetTravel)
  4. "The yellow and blue eye highlight of this little fish really pop against the red of the sponge."

    (Courtesy spurdog/myBudgetTravel)
  5. "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."

    (Courtesy kuleanadiver/myBudgetTravel)
  6. "I was snorkeling off Disney's private island in the Bahamas when this kid came out of nowhere diving for shells."

    (Courtesy Coolcameragirl/myBudgetTravel)
  7. "Vacationing in Maui, Hawaii: a sea turtle at Black Rock."

    (Courtesy Bobbiegirlnc/myBudgetTravel)
  8. "A sharp-tailed eel found in Bonaire."

    (Courtesy davidspiel/myBudgetTravel)
  9. "A lacy scorpion fish found in Bali—very rare."

    (Courtesy davidspiel/myBudgetTravel)
  10. "A penguin found in the Galápagos."

    (Courtesy davidspiel/myBudgetTravel)
  11. "Tim, a diver from Vancouver, B.C., did not see the white-tip shark as it swam over him."

    (Courtesy Ernest Manewal/myBudgetTravel)
  12. "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)
  13. "A coralline sculpin against a red volcano sponge—some stunning contrast."

    (Courtesy spurdog/myBudgetTravel)
  14. "A purple jellyfish shot in an aquarium."

    (Courtesy Coolcameragirl/myBudgetTravel)
  15. "This squid was swimming along the top of the water as we were snorkeling at the Great Barrier Reef."

    (Courtesy awc007/myBudgetTravel)
  16. "Divers from the International School of Port of Spain, Trinidad, diving in Tobago."

    (Courtesy adventuresawayfromhome/myBudgetTravel)
  17. "This photo of a butterfly fish was taken in the Maskelyne Islands in Vanuatu."

    (Courtesy modelmeemaw/myBudgetTravel)
  18. "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."

    (Courtesy peghaz/myBudgetTravel)
  19. "A stingray in the Bahamas."

    (Courtesy Coolcameragirl/myBudgetTravel)
  20. "This shipwreck is located about 100 feet underwater off the coast of Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii. We were in a submarine at the time."

    (Courtesy melissamatsu/myBudgetTravel)
  21. "An Easter skunk anemone fish, found in Palau."

    (Courtesy davidspiel/myBudgetTravel)
  22. "La Paz sea lion."

    (Courtesy photochick/myBudgetTravel)
  23. "A pair of butterfly fish, taken underwater at Lighthouse Reef in Belize."

    (Courtesy Ernest Manewal/myBudgetTravel)
  24. "An anemone discovered in 100 feet of water off of Rachel Carson's Salt Pond Preserve in Bristol, Maine."

    (Courtesy spurdog/myBudgetTravel)
  25. "Surrounded by tens of thousands of silvery fish in a 'bait ball' in Bonaire."

    (Courtesy cindybond/myBudgetTravel)
  26. "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)
  27. "Underwater garden, snorkeling in Bermuda."

    (Courtesy CoolcameragirlmyBudgetTravel)
  28. "Diving the Gran Cenote, Tulum, Mexico."

    (Courtesy harryvg/myBudgetTravel)
  29. "Taken while diving in Key Largo."

    (Courtesy lsullivan/myBudgetTravel)
  30. "The exquisite sea life at the California Academy of Science in San Francisco."

    (Courtesy peghaz/myBudgetTravel)
  31. "Key Largo underwater."

    (Courtesy lsullivan/myBudgetTravel)
  32. "The clear blue waters at Diver's Cove in Sand Harbor State Park, Lake Tahoe, make it perfect for taking underwater photographs."

    (Courtesy cherney1/myBudgetTravel)
  33. "This huge wreck, intentionally sunk, has attracted all sorts of life. This fantastically colored parrot fish gazes at the radar dish."

    (Courtesy spurdog/myBudgetTravel)
  34. "The seaweed blenny is one of the more goofy blennies to be documented."

    (Courtesy spurdog/myBudgetTravel)
  35. "Discovering underwater treasures like this sea-urchin colony while snorkeling in northern Palawan of the Philippines."

    (Courtesy laratada/myBudgetTravel)
  36. "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."

    (Courtesy DJBanks/myBudgetTravel)
  37. "This school of convict tang was making its way through the reef, eating everything in its path, on the North Shore of Oahu."

    (Courtesy awc007/myBudgetTravel)
  38. "The thalassinidean shrimp is one of the weirder creatures you will find underwater in the Florida Keys."

    (Courtesy spurdog/myBudgetTravel)
  39. "This was taken in Mystic Aquarium in Mystic, Conn."

    (Courtesy Coolcameragirl/myBudgetTravel)
  40. "This dusky jawfish was my favorite friend from my Key West jaunt!"

    (Courtesy spurdog/myBudgetTravel)

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