Sigh. I don't even know where to start. Suffice it to say that I had a lot of first time sightings on this trip, which also included my 200th dive.

I used a wide-angle wet lens to try to capture broad scenes (dozens of hammerheads swimming by, for example). So this gallery is very different from my normal fascination with all things macro.

Highlights were the marine iguanas, the sea lions, seeing dolphins in the water with us during a safety stop, a couple of whale sharks (no pictures, unfortunately), and the variety of sharks in general.

Some of these pictures are pretty iffy in terms of quality, but then I look at them and think, "Does this picture have a sea lion in it? And further more, does this picture include a couple of penguins? Okay, yes. It's going on the page."

“The black Lava rocks on the beach are frequented by large, disgusting clumsy Lizards. They are as black as the porous rocks over which they crawl and seek their prey from the Sea. I call them ‘imps of darkness.’” - Charles Darwin, Beagle Diary.