Yvonne McKenzie shares her story of underwater photography.

My Underwater World – Yvonne McKenzie

Yvonne McKenzie, based on Australia’s own Christmas Island, shares her underwater world with DivePlanit.
How did you get into underwater photography in the first place? – Well, ever since I was a young teenager, I always loved taking photos and never went anywhere without a camera. Even today, I still remember my first “camera”: a flat rectangle shape, yellow and black in colour, made of plastic where the flash and 35mm film took up most of the space and left very little room for a “lens”

 

Whale Shark approaches a diver (from Gentle Giant Raw)

Biodiversity #30 – The Whale Shark

We are ending biodiversity week with probably the biggest example of the diverse species that inhabit our oceans: The Whale Shark. So named because it is as big as many whales and like many whales, a filter feeder.

 

Hermit Crab Island Uepi Resort Solomon Islands

Biodiversity #14 – The Hermit Crab

Biodiversity #14 – There are over 1,100 species of hermit crab, both terrestrial and marine, which typically processes an asymmetrical soft abdomen which it conceals for protection in an empty gastropod (snail) shell. Most are referred to a ‘left-handed’ as their left claw is bigger than their right. Here’s a Hairy Red Hermit Crab I found at Uepi in the Solomon Islands.

 

Oriental Sweetlips (Plectorhinchus vittatus). In the family of Sweetlips. (Scientific name: HAEMULIDAE). Taken at Christmas Island, Indian Ocean by: diveplanit.com

Oriental Sweetlips

Snubbed face with big yellow lips, big eyes, and black and white longitudinal stripes on the body. Black spots on yellow fins.

 

Velvet Surgeonfish. In the family of Surgeonfish. (Scientific name: ACANTHURIDAE). Taken at Christmas Island, Indian Ocean by: diveplanit.com

Velvet Surgeonfish

Blue brown velvety body, with yellow line where fins adjoin the body broadening towards the tail. White tail with vertical yellow bar. White patch beneath the eye and white mouth.

 

Brown Tang. In the family of Surgeonfish. (Scientific name: ACANTHURIDAE). Taken at Christmas Island, Indian Ocean by: diveplanit.com

Brown Tang

Brown at front turning more blue to rear, with fine horizontal pencil lines. Definite concave face with eyes close to front of head, and definite snout. Small white keel.

 

Clown Unicornfish. In the family of Surgeonfish. (Scientific name: ACANTHURIDAE). Taken at Christmas Island, Indian Ocean by: diveplanit.com

Clown Unicornfish

Most easily recognised by the two keels, which are bright orange/yellow, and clown-like face. Vivid pale blue lines at base and edge of dorsal fin, orange anal fin. (Note the Mimic which looks similar doesn’t have the double keel).

 

Powderblue Surgeonfish. In the family of Surgeonfish. (Scientific name: ACANTHURIDAE). Taken at Christmas Island, Indian Ocean by: diveplanit.com

Powderblue Surgeonfish

Body is unmissably powder-blue, that is a bright sky blue. Dark blue face, yellow dorsal and white anal fin – this picture does not do it justice – it’s one of the most beautifully colourful fish. Often seen in small numbers in large schools of less colourful surgeons.