The Photo Guide
Here are some underwater photos from my most recent time snorkeling at Greens Pool last summer.
This photo-essay should give you a good idea about what there is to see underwater at Greens Pool, and help you to identify some of the fish.
Senator wrasses are some of the most common fish in WA’s south west, but they’re hard to photograph! They swim quickly, darting in and out of the weed. In real life the colours are vivid – bright lime green with magenta stripes and iridescent blue spots.
Moonlighters are another very common fish around Denmark and elsewhere along the South Coast of Western Australia. You’re always bound to see a few of these black and white stripey fish if you go snorkelling at Greens Pool.
And a closeup:
Although I didn’t manage to get a good shot of a juvenile moonlighter, these are also fairly common at Greens Pool, and at other snorkeling sites where adult moonlighters are present.
The juveniles are smaller than the adults (of course!) and are also quite different in shape, being more triangular rather than round. They also have 2 black spots that the adults don’t have, each one at the back of the upper and lower dorsal fins.
If you want to see a good clear image of what a juvenile moonlighter looks like, scroll down to the third photo on this post of Tsun-Thai Chai’s excellent marine life blog.
An interesting underwater landscape (seascape?) formed by the huge granite boulders in the water:
Gaps between the rocks hide bright orange starfish and sponge-like growths.
Diving down to look under the ledges around the base of a rock, I found a school of bullseye, lurking in the shadows:
Zebrafish (Girella zebra)
Last but not least is the zebrafish, a species endemic to southern Australia. This is the one fish you’re least likely not to see at Greens Pool.
Greens Pool, and other Albany and Denmark beaches, are some of the best spots I’ve snorkelled for spotting Zebrafish.
They hang around in seaweedy areas – like the rocks at Greens Pool – alone and in schools, even where the water is very shallow.
I saw this particular school of zebrafish at the big rock just a few metres off the beach, at the very end of my snorkeling adventure:
More about Snorkeling at Greens Pool
See the previous article in this series for a detailed guide to snorkelling at Greens Pool, including:
- Advice on where to go to see the most fish and stay safe
- An overview of fish species and other marine life you’re likely to see
- A map showing suggested snorkeling routes
Last Updated: 29th May, 2015.
First posted on 27th October, 2013 by Bonny.
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