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Fish Tank Friday: The Galapagos Islands

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By Evan Ackerman

As the three or four regular readers of OhGizmo (you know who you are) may have noticed, I’ve been gone for the past few weeks. No, I wasn’t kidnapped by robots (I wish), but I was on a much deserved and entirely un-relaxing vacation in the middle of the biggest fish tank in the world, the pacific ocean. Specifically, in the Galapagos, a small group of islands some 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador. The Galapagos are most well known for their unique and in many cases totally bizarre terrestrial fauna, but their location smack dab in the middle of the Humboldt Current makes them a haven for all sorts of marine life. I spent a few days diving while I was there, and after the jump, I’ve posted a gallery of a few of my favorite pics. Enjoy…

Anyone who’s been diving will tell you: pictures can’t express the way things look and feel underwater. But, we try. Click on any of the thumbnails to see a larger version with a caption. Oh, and some of the better pics on this page were taken by my dive buddy who also happens to be my younger brother, a dive instructor, and the official OhGizmo marine biologist… You can check out more of his photography here.







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  • Jul333

    Woh!
    Really beautiful pictures.Worth to be in the National Geography cover front page!

  • Mike

    Hammerheads are scaryyyyyyyyyyyy

  • Gylu

    My gf hits me when I don’t fw: her the fish tank Friday : (

  • http://code404.nl admin smithee

    thats wicked, i bet you did’nt miss your’e gadgets much there :)
    thanx for sharing. maybe a nice tip for people who miss the normal fishtank friday: http://www.dreamaquarium.com

  • Yocto

    The colors! That sure is a vacation worthy of most people’s envy.

  • http://www.techtreak.com narendra.s.v

    wow pretty coolpictures :D really love the star fish ;)

  • http://getair.wordpress.com Nathan

    Great shots! What were they taken with?

  • Evan Ackerman

    Glad you like the pics, guys :) Nathan, they were taken with a Canon A620 (a compact digicam) in one of Canon’s excellent custom designed underwater (40m) cases. It’s a great combination, and about as cheap as it gets for quality underwater pictures.

  • http://www.sunglassesuk.com/ sunglasses

    wow, I'm excited to dive to see those species, they are beautiful in pictures and I'm sure they're much beautiful in person.

  • Jayser

    Wow! I want to go there – now!!