Identify and Share Your Aquatic Adventures.

Return To Tiger Beach

By Steve Rosenberg


Tiger_Beach_ReefID_1215In January 2012 I joined Jim Abernethy and crew (Mike, Matt and Jay) for another one of their incredible week long shark adventures to the northern Bahamas. We were lucky to have well known Photographer Andy Sallmon along too. During the trip, Captain Mike mounted a Go Pro Camera on a remote controlled speed boat and enticed a couple of tiger sharks to try their hand at boating (Luckily Mike recovered the GoPro and Andy got some incredible images of the event).

Tiger_Beach_ReefID_127The week started off a bit rough and windy. Jim elected to dive two shallow reefs, before heading out to Tiger Beach. After one day of bad weather, the winds calmed down and seas settled back to calmer conditions. We spent a day on an amazing reef at the edge of Hammertime and Ginormous. We set up photographs at the top of swim-throughs and indentations in the coral reef with sharks continually making fly-bys. We took advantage of the opportunity to allow some of the Caribbean reef sharks to pose with splashes of colorful sponges and lionfish. Despite a persistent wind and somewhat spotty visibility we had awesome close-up encounters with Caribbean reef sharks, lemon sharks, tiger sharks and a friendly Goliath Grouper. When we parked at Tiger Beach, after the wind had died down a bit, we were treated to more incredible photographic opportunities. Tiger beach is only about 20 feet deep, but features swarming lemon sharks, intermixed with visits from tigers measuring up to 18 feet in length.  The lemon sharks, measuring up to 10 feet in length, sport a toothy sinister smile and their sleek ‘fighter jet’ profiles make for awe-inspiring portraits. However, the tigers are the real "super models," measuring up to 18 feet in length. The tiger sharks deserve, and require, your constant attention. On this trip we were underwater with as many as 8 tigers at a time.

Tiger_Beach_ReefID_1217As an underwater photographer I have had the good fortune to work on assignments shooting sharks all over the globe.  Jim Abernethy runs a very professional “stick to the rules” operation that allows photographers and videographers one-of-a-kind encounters with a variety of large predators that are available nowhere else in the world. Passengers on his live-aboard boat, the Shearwater, will also be treated to Jim’s hands on expertise in dealing with sharks and his awesome knowledge of photographing large predators. I can’t wait to go again for another unique shark adventure.


To see more images from Steve's adventure, check out his Return to Tiger Beach Gallery.


Start Them Young

By John Fifer


seals-ac__54_2As the due date drew near for the arrival of my first child, I couldn’t help but think about sharing my love for the ocean with the newest member of my family. These thoughts propelled me to seek out family oriented activities and programs that will engage and inspire my son, as well as, keep me in the water.

Although appreciation for the ocean and all its inhabitants can be learned at any age, sharing your personal appreciation with children can be very rewarding and establish the foundation for a lifelong love for the ocean.


gcm-margowk-2__116_1One of the organizations I came across in my search that stood out above all others was Kids Sea Camp Family Dive Adventures. Kids Sea Camp Family Dive Adventures is an organization that helps people with children start, continue, or reenter the world of underwater adventure with their entire family. By providing family focused environments set in exotic dive destinations, Kids Sea Camp Family Dive Adventures provides parents with ways to share their passion for the ocean with their children that is both educational and fun for everyone.


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Most Wanted Results - Nudibranchs


ReefID's first "Most Wanted" critter event targeted at filling specific areas of the identifier was a huge success.   Hundreds of nudibranch images were added to the database by members from around the world.  These images are now being identified and added to ReefID's identifier engine to help others identify what they see.  If you didn't submit images, you can still participate.  Help us identify what was submitted by using the comment fields associated with each image in the Most Wanted Galleries.


Please enjoy some highlighted images and photographers that contributed to our event and gear up for ReefID's next Most Wanted... SHARKS




SeaLife Underwater Cameras

sealife rosenbergBy John Fifer

Point and shoot cameras play an important role in filling ReefID's Identifier and are a huge asset to citizen based science and ocean conservation. By providing a simple to use yet powerful underwater camera that takes fantastic images, SeaLife Underwater Cameras has put the ability to participate in the hands of anyone who wants to get wet.

SeaLife has been building underwater cameras since 1993 and in particular digital cameras since the year 2000. Their ability to build a quality underwater camera that can produce fantastic images from all levels of photographers is unmatched. This, combined with their availability in nearly every dive store, makes them an ideal option for anyone wishing to take underwater images.

sealife fiferSeaLife provides users with settings to make things as simple as point and shoot or, options that allow users to adjust aperture, shutter speeds and strobe power. These options plus the ability to upgrade and add components such as strobe arms and video lights make SeaLife underwater cameras something a photographer can grow with.

On ReefID's recent trip to Cozumel, team members from all levels of experience put SeaLife's DC 1200 to the test with fantastic results. The DC 1200's ease of use provided people with no underwater photographic experience with the ability to take memorable images of their experiences and gave both novice and professional photographers used to shooting with SLRs something to think about.

sealife bergerThe DC 1200's small package made it easy to travel with and maintain while its ability to take images comparable to some of today's SLRs made it a fun switch from lugging around massive amounts of equipment. In addition, the option to switch from taking still images to taking equally cool video with the push of a button took the fun meter over the top.

  The images and video produced by the DC 1200 was crisp and clear and gave everyone using it something they could be proud of. In addition, many of the images taken on our trip were perfect to help others through ReefID's Identifier.

By providing a tool that puts the ability to capture quality images of our ocean inhabitants in the hands of just about anyone, SeaLife will play significant role in filling ReefID's Identifier. It is this ability that will also inspire current and future divers to remain involved and active in our sport. Thank you SeaLife!



See more images taken with SeaLife's DC 1200