This gallery includes the mollusks that I have photographed on black water dives: squid, octopus, sea butterflies, sea angels, pteropods, pelagic nudibranchs, and marine snail veligers. Scroll down to see them all; click on any image to see it full-size and start the slide show.
A black water dive consists of going approximately five miles off the coast of Southeast Florida and performing a drift dive in the edge of the Gulf Stream, at night. The water is approximately 500 – 700 feet deep, but we generally stay in the top 40 feet. It is fascinating to find and photograph the pelagic animals who spend their whole lives in this environment, the various larvae that spend the early part of their lives here, and the deep water animals that migrate vertically at night to feed.
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