Pectoral Fin Wave
Pectoral Fin Wave

Humpback Whale off the coast of Monterey Bay, California.

Photo Credit: Liz Summit, 2014

Whale Sharks
Whale Sharks

Quick Fact: Whale sharks are one of my most favorite of all ocean creatures (along with the manta ray, the octopus, and... well, it's really hard to choose, isn't it?). This is my favorite photo. I took this from a boat off the island of Isla Mujeres in Mexico where I traveled to see the annual whale shark aggregation. There were hundreds of whale sharks and manta rays enjoying the summer currents and abundant food sources. 

Photo Credit: Liz Summit, 2013

Surface Feeding
Surface Feeding

Part of that same whale shark watching trip in 2013 in Isla Mujeres, Mexico, here I caught a surface photo of a whale shark feeding. Whale sharks are filter feeders, scooping up plankton and and krill in the water. 

Photo Credit: Liz Summit, 2013

I Am Hiding!
I Am Hiding!

Octopus, Dominica

Photo Credit: Liz Summit, 2015
 

Spinner Dolphin
Spinner Dolphin

We often see dolphins when diving, but this was something neat! This is a spinner dolphin who was jumping and spinning like I've never seen before!

Dominica

Photo Credit: Liz Summit, 2015

Tunicates
Tunicates

I am still learning about underwater photography, but this is one of my all time favorite shots taken in Útila, Honduras.

Photo Credit: Liz Summit, 2014

Swinging!
Swinging!

Who doesn't love a hammock? My friend Megan caught me swinging upside down in a hammock in Cozumel, Mexico while I was waiting for her to go to dinner. Hammocks are great for reading, relaxing, and playing around when the rest of your group is late!

Photo Credit: Megan Weber, 2013

Nets
Nets

Fishing remains an important part of the local economy on islands like Isla Mujeres, Mexico. Here, fishing nets are piled up for the next day's catch. 

Photo Credit: Liz Summit, 2013

Dos Ojos
Dos Ojos

Cenotes, sinkholes and caves filled with water, line the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico. They are beautiful above and below water. Here you see the entrance to Dos Ojos ("Two Eyes") cenote near Tulum.

Photo Credit: Liz Summit, 2013

Another View of Dos Ojos
Another View of Dos Ojos

In many places cenotes are hidden behind curtains of jungle plants. Here, another view of Dos Ojos ("Two Eyes") cenote near Tulum, Mexico.

Photo Credit: Liz Summit, 2013

Colors Everywhere
Colors Everywhere

These brightly colored houses line the shore along a back channel in Roatán, Honduras. I love all of the colors. 

Photo Credit: Liz Summit, 2014

Tire Swing
Tire Swing

I love seeing the creative ways people recycle everyday objects. Here, a tire is recycled into a parrot shaped tire swing in Roatán, Honduras.

Photo Credit: Liz Summit, 2014

Driftwood and Surf
Driftwood and Surf

The ocean has always been my special place. Here, I caught the tide rolling in over a piece of driftwood on the shore in Útila, Honduras.

Photo Credit: Liz Summit, 2014

Hidden Forest
Hidden Forest

Dominica is home to 365 rivers. Here's a beautiful spot deep in the mountains.

Photo Credit: Liz Summit, 2015

Otterly Adorable!
Otterly Adorable!

Once widely hunted for their fur, sea otters are incredibly important for ocean health. In California, the otter population has recovered and is beginning to flourish. Sea otters are a common site along the coast in places like Morro Bay and Monterey Bay. 

Photo Credit: Liz Summit, 2014

Elephant Seal
Elephant Seal

Nestled on an unassuming part of the California coast, you'll find an amazing site: an Elephant Seal rookery in Piedras Blancas where the seals come ashore to rest, give birth, and raise their young. Can you guess why they are called elephant seals? 

Photo Credit: Liz Summit, 2014

Humpback Whale
Humpback Whale

I had a chance to see a phenomenal seasonal migration of humpback whales in Monterey Bay, California. They treated us to quite a show, breaching the surface as they fed on schools of anchovies. 

Photo credit: Liz Summit, 2014

Egg Yolk Jellyfish
Egg Yolk Jellyfish

It's not like the eggs we eat for breakfast! I snapped a picture of his magnificent egg yolk jellyfish on a shore dive in Monterey, California. The tentacles reached down more than 10 feet, much taller than me!

Photo credit: Liz Summit, 2014.

Little Octopus
Little Octopus

This little guy was about 3 inches tall, tiny and almost invisible against the sand on the bottom of the ocean. He happily cruised along on the sand and posed for this photo in Monterey Bay, California. 

Photo credit: Liz Summit, 2014

Metridium Fields
Metridium Fields

Right under the surface of Monterey Bay, you can find these amazing mushroom shaped anemones called Metridiums perched on a rocky reef. Otherworldly, you can spot their white outline from yards away in the blue waters.

Photo Credit: Liz Summit, 2014

Fin Snack
Fin Snack

This friendly little harbor seal joined me on a dive in Point Lobos State Natural Reserve. He was curious about my bright orange fins and nibbled on them a bit until he realized they didn't taste as good as the fish he usually finds for dinner. The hardest part was staying as still as possible while he explored before he dashed off for more adventures in the cove.

Photo Credit: Neil DeMaster, 2014

Spring Tree Bud
Spring Tree Bud

Bud, New Jersey, USA

Photo Credit: Liz Summit, 2016

Gypsy Moth Caterpillars
Gypsy Moth Caterpillars

Still inside their cocoon. New Jersey, USA.

Photo Credit: Liz Summit 2016

Underwater Exploring!
Underwater Exploring!

Underwater adventures exploring the coral reefs near Útila, Honduras, 2014. 

Photo credit: Neil DeMaster, 2014

Practicing Wreck Diving
Practicing Wreck Diving

Practice makes perfect! Here, I'm getting read for a practice dive with some extra equipment I'll need to explore sunken wrecks off the coast of New Jersey. Dutch Springs, Pennsylvania, USA.

Photo Credit: Megan Weber, 2013

 I'm a volunteer at the New York Aquarium in Coney Island, New York where I am part of the volunteer dive team. Normally we help to clean tanks and provide underwater assistance to the aquarium staff. On Halloween, however, we dressed up to entertain our visitors. Here I am as Spider Woman!   Photo Credit: Louise Kim, 2014

I'm a volunteer at the New York Aquarium in Coney Island, New York where I am part of the volunteer dive team. Normally we help to clean tanks and provide underwater assistance to the aquarium staff. On Halloween, however, we dressed up to entertain our visitors. Here I am as Spider Woman! 

Photo Credit: Louise Kim, 2014

ROVs
ROVs

Remotely Operated Vehicles are an important part of underwater science. I got a chance to try some basic ROVs constructed out of PVC pipe at the Submerge Event on the Hudson River. New York City, New York, USA.

Photo Credit: Megan Weber, 2014

Common Octopus
Common Octopus

It's hard to choose a favorite sea creature (why choose?)! The octopus and the whale shark are definitely two of my favorites. This is a common octopus who lives under a dock in Bonaire.

Photo Credit: Liz Summit, 2016

Hello!
Hello!

Bonaire is home to many wild donkeys. They roam the island and are a common site. They are also very curious. Here, a friendly donkey says hello, sticking his head into the car!

Photo Credit: Liz Summit, 2016

Yellow-Shouldered Parrot
Yellow-Shouldered Parrot

Here's your cool word for the day: endemic. It means an animal or plant whose home is a very particular geographic region, like an island. This is the Yellow-Shouldered parrot, which is endemic to Bonaire. This little guy is enjoying a cactus snack!

Photo Credit: Liz Summit, 2016

Suplado
Suplado

This is a blow hole. It's created by a sea cave. When the waves crash into the rock face, water gets sucked into the blow hole and then is spit out. It's a pretty spectacular sight! 

Photo Credit: Liz Summit, 2016

Iguana
Iguana

Bonaire is a very arid island. That means it's hot and dry. It's a perfect climate for cactus and iguanas. 

Photo Credit: Liz Summit, 2016