Enneanectes deloachorum, Two-bar triplefin

About the BlennyWatcher Blog:  The Blenny is our poster fish but we love all fish, big or small. And invertebrates – the smaller and more arcane, the better. This is our place to share the things that catch our interest underwater but we’ll include a few topside adventures and even pull a few favorites from the vaults. We’ve stopped posting to our other blog but the old posts, where we chronicled our travels and featured images of the animals encountered underwater on those trips, are still up at MarineLifeBlog.  Anna also has a blog about the topside bugs and blossoms she encounters:  PondPeeps

About Anna & Ned DeLoach:  A retired computer scientist, Anna DeLoach started shooting underwater video to assist husband Ned in studying and documenting fish behavior for Reef Fish Behavior: Florida, Bahamas, Caribbean. Her comprehensive video footage proved indispensable for analyzing fish behaviors detailed in the book and series of articles that she and Ned write for diving magazines. In 2011 she was inducted into the Women Divers Hall of Fame. Over the past three decades, Ned DeLoach has co-authored, with Paul Humann, ten marine life field guides, including the award winning Reef Fish Identification, Florida, Caribbean, Bahamas. In the early 1990’s, he co-founded the Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF) where he and Anna continue to serve as board members. Ned has photographed and written articles regularly for magazines in the United States and Asia since the 1970s.

Anna and Ned currently write a marine wildlife behavior column, Encounters, for Alert Diver magazine. They also wrote a regular column, Critter Hunt, for Scuba Diving magazine and contributed regularly to Sport Diver magazine. Many of those articles are still available on those magazines’ online sites. For the past twelve years, they were the resident naturalists at Buddy Dive in Bonaire, where they spent the month of September teaching fish identification and presenting programs about marine life behavior.  In 2010, they began conducting a similar program at Eco-Divers Lembeh, in Indonesia. Read their full bios at their company website, New World Publications.

Copyright Notice:  The contents of this blog, except where noted, are the property of Anna and Ned DeLoach and protected under a Creative Commons License. You may quote a few lines or a paragraph as long as you link back to this blog. You may not copy entire posts or any of the images without permission. Occasionally, photographs contributed by a guest may appear on this blog. They are owned and copyrighted by the attributed photographer and may not be used elsewhere without appropriate permission from the owner. Most of the videos featured on this blog have been created to allow sharing and embedding (except by video scrapers: who do not have permission to use them). Scientists and educators: We are happy to share our images with you for your publications and blogs. Please contact us at anna@fishid.com (Hi-res and watermark-free images can be made available).

Contact: blennywatcher@gmail.com

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Cirrhilabrus humanni, Paracheilinus sp., Adelotremus sp. discovered by Anna & Ned DeLoach in Indonesia

8 comments to About

  • Peter Wirtz

    Hello Anna,

    by coincidence, I just stumbled across this page.
    “Blenni” is my nickname; I did my Ph.D. on them.

    Please mail me your email address and I will send you some blenny stuff that might be of interest to you.

    Peter alias Blenni

    • Mr. Wirtz,

      I am very interested in Blennies too. We just spent a week in Bonaire at Buddy Dive with Ned and Anna. I’m an electrical engineer turned marine life enthusiast. Anything you’d like to share I’d appreciate. We have a dive shop and club – and I try hard to educate our divers about interesting things that help them slow down and appreciate what there is to see out there.

      Thank you,


  • Syd Lapan

    Guess you missed Blenny Appreciation Day on Maui last year. When you can’t snorkel, it’s tide pools all the way.

    BTW, Survivor Blenny was a “gripping” tale. Loved it!

    Yours in snorkeling, Syd

  • James Wire


    I recently dove Utila and came across something that no one has been able to identify. Can I send you the pictures?

    And, will you and Ned be at Dive Buddies in Sept 2013? I think my dive buddy and I would really enjoy the event.



  • Hi Anna!!!!
    I was so excited to find out about your EXCELLENT blog through Reef’s facebook post. I have been immersing myself in all of your wonderful writings, pictures, and videos. I am so glad you have done this!

  • Anonymous

    Anna, we loved seeing you once again in Bonaire and all the information you shared and suggestions for what to notice during out dives. I asked you if you knew how the fish name puddingwife came to be and you thought you might be able to find out once you were home. I have not found much on the internet so I hope you have. Thanks so much, Tiny Bubbles

    • Yes, it was fun seeing you in Bonaire. We’ll get started on the mystery of the origin of the Puddingwife name – I haven’t been able to find anything yet, but making inquiries. ~ Anna