The schools of silvery, luminous fish head toward the camera. The school is dense. This was at the divesite "El Morro," off Cabo Pulmo, Baja California. The area is a marine reserve, and large schools of fish are common. According to the old-timers, all of the Gulf of California used to look like this marine reserve.
So far as I know, no one races sea horses. Despite their name, they are remarkably slow swimmers, though they can easily outsmart a human photographer. They can spend their entire lives on a single piece of coral. An expert guide showed us this pygmy seahorse on a fan at 90 feet, near the Kunkungan Bay Resort in Lembeh Strait, Sulawesi, Indonesia: the "Realm of the Pygmy Sea Horse".In real life, he is about the size of a pencil lead (that is, of the part exposed when you sharpen the pencil). May your (terrestrial) horse win today!
This juvenile rockfish was swimming off the beach just north of Smuggler's Cove at Santa Cruz. He was curious about me, but nervous. I am not completely sure of his species: he may grow up to be a vermillion rockfish. In their earlier stages, and sometimes as adults, vermillions have this peppered appearance. Vermillions seem to be doing well this year, with lots of juveniles on the reefs and above kelp beds.