Monocentris japonicus

Pineapple fish

Pineapple fish

Pineapple fish

Author: 
Eveline Crone de Brabander
Photographer: 
Andre Crone

The Pineapple fish, also called Pinecone fish is a rather peculiar looking fish. When you encounter this fish under water you will see the resemblance with the pineapple where the fish got his name from. The fish have reel strong scales with needles, which give the animal a protecting armor. There are only two kinds of these Pineapple fish. The Australian Pineapple fish (cleidopus gloriamaris) is only seen at the west coast of Australia. The Japanese pineapple fish has a more wide living area. The animals prefer living under overhangs on the reef.

Unexpected beauty in Mozambique

Author: 
Eveline Crone de Brabander - Roy Cougle
Photographer: 
Andre Crone

Waking up to our last day of diving in Tofo Beach and we almost have to pinch ourselves. It is another beautiful sunrise over the Indian Ocean, with the sound of the waves gently breaking on the beach just in front of our chalet, and still one more day of diving to go. Yes, we had heard the stories, had seen the photos and watched the DVDs, but until we were here it was hard for us to believe it could be true. But here we were - one week of diving behind us and already we had had close encounters with more than seventy Manta Rays and twelve Whale Sharks!