BAJA, SEA OF CORTEZ - October 7-14, 2007
All pictures 2012 by Ken Kurtis
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Underwater images shot with a Nikon D200 in an Ikelite housing with dual Nikon SB-105 strobes, various lenses.
Surfgace shots with a Nokon D70.)

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(Click here to read the written trip report.)

THE BOAT
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The Don Jose at Los Islotes Panga drivers Luis & Felix Hernan is prepared for any weather Captain Jose Lozano & Ken Kurtis
share a touching moment
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THE SEA LION CAVE
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Curious Inquisitive Playful Gnawing on Vick Thomas' hand
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THE SCHOOLING SCAD
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The schools are everywhere at Islotes Making a hole
as a predator passes through
Up close and packed in A Golden Grouper passes the school
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THE JAWFISH AT ISLOTES
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Solitary burrow Who you lookin' at??? Keeping a wary eye Up close
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Nuptial make ready to make his move Look at me girls!!! Doing a 180 back to his hole Ready to display again
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THE BEACH PARTY
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Beach party cove. Note the
tent and chairs/tables lower left.
Elisabeth Sykes & Marilyn Lawrence
having a good time on the beach
The Don Jose waited for us offshore They even made us a cake to celebrate 20 years of diving Baja
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THE FANG MING
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Tons of fish Interesting wreck to explore, too Sea lion buddy waiting in the hold
that's his reflection on top)
Predators comb the wreck
in search of a snack
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Predators in the midst of the school Making way for a diver Fins-spotted Jawfish in the sand Fish life at the prop
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Burrito Grunts at the stern Porcupinefish getting cleaned Blue-banded Goby on a sponge Pikeblenny in the sand
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Head-on Scorpionfish Keeping an eye out at the bow Fish are coming.
Note octo arm casually placed.
Note arm again.
Octo failed at snagging a fish
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TWO DAYS AT LAS ANIMAS
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Healthy sea fans Garden Eels by Seal Rock Yellow-polyp Black Coral Lots of Scissortails
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Panama Graysby Juvy King Angel Adult version Dave Cooley's innovative "Watch Hat"
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Toothy buddy Cortez wrasses Six-armed Cortez star Panamic Soldierfish
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Panga-ing back to the Don Jose Schooling Bigeye Trevally Lobster Flower Urchin
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BARNACLE BLENNIES
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Barnacle Blenny (blue version) Clubhead Barnacle Blenny Keeping watch Waiting to snatch a meal
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PANAMIC FANGED BLENNIES
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They perch & wait Winning smile Lovely eyebrows A face only a mother could love
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THE DOLPHINS
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Hundreds of dolphins Leaping for joy Right off  our side See ya later!!!
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OTHER ONES I LIKE
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My favorite shot of the trip - a little hermit crab Juvy Beaubrummel Cortez Angelfish on the Fang Ming Terminal phase male Cortez Wrasse
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Spectacular Seahorse Pacific Mutton hamlet Gorgeous flatworm at Los Islotes Blue-and-gold Snappers
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California Dorid Small Balloonfish Cup coral starting to open Arm detail
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Arrow Crab Red-headed Goby Triplefin Blenny up close Octopus hanging out
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Pair of Coral Hawkfish Giant Damselfish defending nest Hermit Crab peeking Cortez Damsel pirouetting
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MISCELLANEOUS
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Waves breaking over Los Islotes Signing out The sunglasses collection Frigate birds over Las Animas
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Other divers fighting the current
at El Bajo
Marilyn Lawrence and her
Duct Tape fins
Calm seas at Las Animas Baja sunset
(unretouched or tweaked - really!!!)
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