Featured Photographer | Klaus Stiefel
Klaus Stiefel is an underwater photographer and videographer based in the Philippines. Austrian by birth but a citizen of the ocean by heart, he has dived and photographed in California, Japan, Australia, Indonesia, Micronesia and the Philippines.
Klaus teaches fish and coral reef biology as an adjunct professor at the Institute of Environmental and Marine Sciences at Silliman University in the Philippines. His main research interests are the biodiversity and the behaviour of gobies, a family of small marine and freshwater fishes.
He is also a technical diving instructor and a published popular science author.
Shrimp Goby, Amblyeleotris sp.
A shrimp goby perching at the entrance of its burrow, watching out for approaching predators with its sharp eyes,
placed high on its head for optimal vision.
Love the Whip, Bryaninops yongei
A whip coral goby. These small fish never leave their coral home as adults.
The colourful mantle opening of a giant clam.
Eggs for Breakfast
A crested horn shark in Botany Bay, feeding on the egg case of a closely related Port Jackson horn shark.
Clam Opening II
Depending on the species of giant clam and on the symbiotic algae which live in the clam’s tissue,
the mantle’s colours and patterns can be quite different.
The Australian grey nurse shark (shot in Botany Bay) is called ragged tooth in South Africa
and sand tiger shark in the US. What an impressive fish!
A leafy seadragon in South Australia. This relative of the seahorses camouflages
itself as a piece of floating seaweed.
My friend Arielle in a mermaid costume, about to collide with the exhalation bubble I produced.
The mushroom coral pipefish spends its entire adult (post-larval) life in a mushroom coral.
What looks like a skinny worm is in fact a seahorse relative.
The ghost pipefishes are cousins to the seahorses and pipefishes.
The ornate ghost pipefish mimics a crinoid to remain undetected by predators.
The pygmy seahorse is one of the smallest known vertebrate animals. It lives on soft corals, usually at depths below 25 metres.
This pipefish pretends to be a wooden stick that has fallen into the ocean. Despite being mid-sized, up to 30 centimetres,
it is very easy to miss due to its camouflage.
A thresher shark in Malapascua, Philippines, where these amazing animals visit a cleaner station every day in the early morning hours.
Upside Down Surfer
My friend Tomas surfing – but standing on the other side of the surfboard!
This goby has, in the course of the evolution of its species, acquired camouflage to perfectly blend in on the surface of its sponge host