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First Visit to Triton Bay: Part 2; Triton’s Macro World! by Stewart Galloway

Stewart Galloway is a frequent contributor to the site, a friend, and an amazing image maker!  Recently, when Stewart sent us this submission, we were “inundated’ (pun intended) with too many quality images for a single post.  Part 1 featured Triton Bay: the Big Picture, now welcome to Stewart’s Triton Bay World of Macro.  (If you missed Part 1 click; the BIG Picture!) 

Triton Bay’s initial attraction was as a Wide Angle/Soft Coral Paradise.  Soft corals, in a myriad of hues, dazzle the mind.  Recently however, after Triton Bay Divers began operation, the resort’s dive guides have located a world of macro subjects.  Below you will marvel at the ones Stewart encountered.

Enjoy his images!

Coleman Shrimp on Fire Urchin. Female is the larger!

In Stewart’s words: “This was my first (but certainly not my last!) trip to Triton Bay. We found it to be one of the most remote, pristine, and peaceful dive destinations we’ve visited and a fine example of what “once was” in tropical reefs worldwide. Efforts by CI and others (like Triton Bay Divers Resort, where Stewart stayed) to preserve this last bit of paradise could never be too much and I feel grateful to all those who’ve worked to set this wonderful place aside for future generations.”

Nursalim Flasherwrasse, a BHS endemic. Displaying male.


Mushroom Coral Pipefish Portrait. This image offers a unique perspective of this hard-to-photograph fish!


Hypselodoris infucata w/ egg mass


Flamboyant Cuttlefish


Harlequin Shrimp (detail). Next time we’ve asked Stewart to get a bit closer!


Pygmy Seahorse.  Notice how careful Stewart was when taking this photograph.  The coral’s polyps remain fully extended, which means that neither Stewart, nor his camera, nor his guide touched the coral!

Stewart Galloway is an ophthalmologist practicing in eastern Tennessee who, since high school, has had a long-term interest in photography.  He began diving 12 years ago, took up underwater photography almost immediately, and ever since hasn’t been seen underwater without a camera in tow.  “Learning the vagaries of underwater photography has been a wonderful ongoing adventure and I am indebted to my many mentors including Alex Mustard, Hergen Spalink, and Burt Jones among others.  While I’ve been extremely fortunate to travel the world diving and photographing many of the wonderful creations under our ocean’s surface, without a doubt, the Bird’s Head Seascape is the most photographically rich destination I’ve ever seen and I cannot wait to return!  We are incredibly lucky that such a place is being protected from exploitation and owe immense gratitude to those who continue to work for its preservation.”  To view more of Stewart’s images check out his Gallery on the site.

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