Benjamin@novelty_items

FKNMS Buoy Boy
Coral Restoration / Surveys
Photography / Guide
Pro-Activist / Catalyst

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Eeeek!!!! Pycnogonids!!!!!!! aka #seaspider Are found worldwide ranging in size from 1 millimeter to over 6ft! Although 1,300 species have been identified from the shallows to the abyssal plains, the origins of pycnogonids are unknown due to no universally accepted palaeontological record.

#macro#underwatergram#nature#sciencediving#coral#scubalife#oceanresearch#lovescience#igersflorida#ocean#nightdive#flkeys#roamflorida#lovefl#floridakeys#explore#floridakeysnationalmarinesanctuary#uwphotography#keylargo#polyps#coral#oceanoptimism


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A curious #GoliathGrouper ( Epinephelus itajara) in a meadow of #Turtlegrass (Thalassia testudinum). Despite the call to open season on this #criticallyendangeredspecies in Florida, data shows this species should remain #protected . Also noteworthy is their longevity, curiousness, and how darn cute they are! Sentinels of the sea.
#camerasnotguns
#Ocean#Florida#Science#floridakeysnationalmarinesanctuary#igersflorida#lovefl#diveflorida#diveforacause#oceanoptimism#protectwhatyoulove#floridakeys#drytortugas#blackandwhite#uwphotography#sunbeams


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I've met quite a few characters since I moved to the Keys but this Skipper, Dive Medical Technician, and fellow Buoy Boy brings the ruckus!
Captain Adam Brynes
#southernmostDMT

#shipmates#sail#wind#ocean#transit#igersflorida#lovefl#floridakeys#Florida#crusing#passingtime#lovetosail#keywest#explore#freshair#offshore#solarpower#roamflorida#sea#sailing#portrait


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Supervisor : What's on your face? Are you trying to grow a beard?
Me : No......(sigh) just keeping track of the days we haven't been able to dive sir.

#noscuba#sadface#nodiving#beard#badweather#keywest#floridakeys#cold#onshore#takemediving#winter#igersflorida#Florida#selfie#myface


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A small epibiont the Elkhorn Coral Crab, Domecia acanthophora, takes refuge amongst healthy tips of new growth on Acropora palmata. While their relationship is described as #commensalism , I believe you could make a good argument for #mutualism . The cuteness factor is also off the chart!
#endangeredspecies #macro#sciart#supportnationalparks#nature#sciencediving#coral#scubalife#oceanresearch#lovescience#igersflorida#ocean#protectwhatyoulove#nightdive#flkeys#roamflorida#lovefl#floridakeys#explore#floridakeysnationalmarinesanctuary#symbiosis


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