Kate Vylet


Scientific diver and wildlife photographer below and above the sea, anchored in Monterey Bay.

Monterey Bay, California, USA
Tilmeldt maj 2017


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  1. 15. nov.

    Launching my first ever photography calendar for 2019 - Below Green Waves! With a selection of fisheye shots, this calendar features scenery and wildlife from California's underwater coast to submerge your wall in photos and fun facts for the next year!

  2. 9. nov.

    Together plant and alga dance in the shallows, soaking up that sweet, sweet sunlight. While the giant (Macrocystis pyrifera) has the advantage of floating right at the sunny surface, at least it lets a few bright beams down to the bed of (Phyllospadix sp.) below.

  3. 7. nov.

    At the divide between two worlds, the kelp meets the clouds! This giant (Macrocystis pyrifera) is coated with lacy crust bryozoan (Membranipora sp.) giving it its own cloudy look.

  4. 29. okt.

    Raise your rhinophores in celebration of ! The antenna-like rhinophores found on the heads of like this three-lined aeolid (Orienthella trilineata) detect dissolved chemical "scents". May this be one of many nudes to flood your feed on this slug-kissed day!

  5. 26. okt.

    Like reaching for that last cookie on the top shelf, this Spanish shawl (Flabellinopsis iodinea) stretches for a tantalizing hydroid polyp in the lower left only to be thwarted by relentless surge. Okay, maybe save that one for after dinner. Happy !

  6. 19. okt.

    Puppy party! Much like a pack of puppies, California (Zalophus californianus) love to play... And bark! Turn on the volume to hear their underwater arfing.

  7. 15. okt.

    Here be dragons! Ferocious beasts with razor-sharp teefies in their teeny tiny moufs... Your pinky finger should be very afraid. In the macro world the yellowfin (Neoclinus stephensae) is a dangerous ambush predator, but it's hard to take that adorable face seriously.

  8. 8. okt.

    Say! I like green eggs and ham! I do! I like them, Snail-I-Am! Back in April I witnessed a blue top (Calliostoma ligatum) event. These lovely lady are releasing their green sand grain-sized eggs that long now are new snails crawling the kelp forest.

  9. 1. okt.

    Propelled by powerful finned feet, a Brandt's (Phalacrocorax penicillatus) shoots down through the to forage in the benthos. Diving birds have conquered both air and sea, an evolutionary balancing act that costs them the mastery of both.

  10. 21. sep.

    Feeding on plankton in the kelp canopy, a school of blacksmith (Chromis punctipinnis) shares the sunlit shallows with a stinging crowd of Pacific (Chrysaora fuscescens). These have taken up residence in the most northern end of their range - Monterey Bay.

  11. 17. sep.

    This sparkly skin belongs to a juvenile California (Aplysia californica). The starry patches in its flesh are vesicles that are thought to be involved in the excretion of excess calcium. Despite their leathery texture, these big are surprisingly silky soft.

  12. 14. sep.

    Surf's up dude! Clinging to a board of red alga, this blue top (Calliostoma ligatum) rides out a swell that surges through the reef. Small reef critters are so accustomed to the endless rolling motion of water that it hardly seems to disturb them.

  13. 10. sep.

    Hanging high in the canopy on a loose stipe, this courageous decorator (Loxorhynchus crispatus) is reaching for the clouds... Clouds of jellies that is! But it's easy to be unfazed by heights in a world where a fall is just a gentle drift down to the seabed.

  14. 31. aug.

    This island (Alloclinus holderi) didn't get what it bargained for when it chomped down on a deceptively shaped wad of scum. If it's anything like biting into a chocolate chip cookie that's actually oatmeal raisin, it probably swam away with a mouthful of disappointment.

  15. 27. aug.

    A green bed of (Phyllospadix sp.), a blue band of seawater, and a yellow canopy of (Macrocystis pyrifera) form the colorful striations of sunlit shallows. While the depths have their deep beauty, there's often breathtaking scenery just beneath the surface.

  16. 24. aug.

    There's no such thing as personal space under the sea... Having your face fondled by the roving arm of a Pacific blood (Henricia leviuscula) is all in a day's routine, as this white dendronotus (Dendronotus albus) knows too well.

  17. 22. aug.

    A tiny alien on a miniature Martian landscape, this orange-spike polycera (Polycera atra) traverses the rough red structure of a bryozoan colony in its search for food.

  18. 16. aug.

    What's cuter than a ? A baby snailfish! This tiny guy was only about a centimeter long. Initially spotted clinging to my camera rig, it relocated to the safer destination of a green alga before disappearing into red algae dotted with nudibranchs and skeleton shrimps.

  19. 13. aug.

    After 36 hours of non-stop diving, shooting, and editing, the 2018 underwater photo contest has ended. Congrats to all the participants and thanks to all who made it possible! This yellowfin (Neoclinus stephensae) won a 1st place in a macro category.

  20. 3. aug.

    This translucent creature is no phantom but a jelly-like animal called a (Thetys vagina) - a free-floating tunicate, here in its aggregate form. By pumping water through its bodies it not only is able to propel itself but also filter feed, efficiently eating on the go.


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