About Blennies: Blennies are small, elongate fish, known to most fishwatchers by the species found in tropical seas. Worldwide there are about 900 acknowledged species. A typical blenny has a blunt head, long anal fins and fleshy, often branching appendages on their heads, known as cirri. They perch on rocks, reef or sand and dart quickly around their home territories. There are many other blennies that don’t fit this “typical” description, including a large group in the Indo-Pacific known as fangblennies or sabretooth blennies that spend much of their day swimming in the water column. See more about blennies.
About the Blog: The Blenny is our poster fish but we love all fish and critters. Here, we blog about whatever strikes the BlennyWatcher’s fancy – Fishwatching, SCUBA Diving, Underwater Video, Travel – our topics are happily all over the place. Our specialty is observing marine life behavior so we’ll emphasize that and even pull a few golden oldies from the vaults. We have stopped posting to our other blog, MarineLifeBlog, but the old posts, where we chronicled our travels and featured the images of the wonderful creatures encountered underwater on those trips, are still up. Anna also has a blog about the topside bugs and blossoms she encounters: PondPeeps
About the BlennyWatcher and Anna & Ned DeLoach: The BlennyWatcher is the nom de plume for Anna DeLoach, a computer scientist-turned-underwater naturalist and researcher. Ned DeLoach is co-author with Paul Humann, of ten marine life field guides, including the award winning Reef Fish Identification, Florida, Caribbean, Bahamas. Anna and Ned currently write a marine wildlife behavior column for Alert Diver magazine. They also write a regular column, Critter Hunt, for Scuba Diving magazine and contribute to Sport Diver magazine. For the past seven years, they have been the resident naturalists at Buddy Dive in Bonaire, where they spend the month of September teaching fish identification and presenting programs about marine life behavior. They began conducting a similar program in 2010 at Eco-Divers Lembeh, in Indonesia. Read their full bios at their company website, New World Publications.
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