When I started traveling for diving, at first it was all about exploring and finding new cool places most people havnt seen, in fact I made myself the top 100 locations mission. But later I realized that I, as I’m sure all scuba fanatics do, started making a mental check list of things I had seen on tv or heard about, that I hoped to see one day under the waves.

So I started writing down everything I wanted to see the most in the world, and the list was long! I then decided to just publish it here, and make it my life long goal, of species I want to see before I kick the bucket. If and when I ever finish this list, and the top locations mission, I will definitely be able to die a happy man.

A Scuba Diver’s Critter Bucket List

A whale shark. The biggest and most eyebrow fish in the seas? Yes please. (FOUND IT!)

art of scuba diving

A Narwhal. Lots of locals get to see these in the Arctic regions, but I’m very intrigued by the unicorn of the sea.

art of scuba diving

A basking shark. The second biggest fish and another weirdo.

A blue dragon nudibranch. The god of all nudis? In a fish tank don’t count either.

art of scuba diving

A wolfeel. This isn’t that rare in England, but such a wierd looking freak.

A mola mola. The words biggest and weirdest sunfish. Always been intrigued by then.

A woblegong shark. Lots of sharks on this list, but these rare ones are incredible.

A walking shark. Technically an epaulette, but who calls it that?? (FOUND IT!)

A leafy sea dragon. The coolest seahorse? Is it only in Australia?

A Pygmy seahorse. Worlds smallest seahorse, and king of camo. Got to find one. (FOUND IT!)

A nautilus. Is it a sea shell? Is is a cuttlefish fish? A octupus?? What?!

A blue ring octopus. Worlds smallest and only poisonous octopus. (FOUND IT!)

A wonderpus. Because of that name. Ok, and it’s rare to find.

A flamboyant cuttlefish. The smallest cuttlefish, and only poisonous one. Got to see. (FOUND IT!)

An ornate ghost pipefish. These look insane on tv.

A hairy frogfish. I love frogfish, but the hairy is a more rare species. Got to see. (FOUND IT!)

A psychedelic frogfish. The Holy Grail of frogfish, and its only located in one small area in the world-Ambon, Indonesia. Have to see before it’s gone.

Giant manta rays. The biggest of all rays, and the same allure for me as whale sharks. (Can they be together?) (FOUND IT!)

A redlipped batfish. Yes that’s the name. Google some images. You’ll laugh.

A dumbo octopus. Unless I get a submarine to go deep, I probably won’t see one of these. But, keeping the goals high. I mean low.

A Frill shark. Another crazy, recently discovered critter of the deep.

An Anglerfish. Ya, we’ve all see finding Nemo. Who knows, maybe I’ll find one.

A northern stargazer. These dudes look so hilarious, I need to find one.

A Kiwa crab. This furry dude was just discovered in Easter Island, and I want to see it too.

Ladybug Amphipods. Because I love macro critters, and this is one of the cutest.

art of scuba diving

A hammerhead. I know, another shark, but they are incredible.

Rhinopia Scorpion fish. Kinda reminds me of a frogfish, but even more decorative

art of scuba diving

Thats it for now, but I am realizing that as I cross one off the list, two more are added to the bottom. Is this the never ending impossible list? I hope so.

LET US BRING THE UNDERWATER WORLD TO YOUR INBOX

Want to join our community and get more out of The Art of Scuba Diving? Sign up to our mailing list! No spam ever!

You have Successfully Subscribed!

PIN IT FOR LATER!
scuba diving critters
scuba diving critters
Justin Carmack on sabtwitterJustin Carmack on sabinstagramJustin Carmack on sabfacebook
Justin Carmack
Justin is a dive master and world traveler on a mission to dive and document the top 100 dive sites in the world. In doing this he hopes to bring love for the marine environment to the world!
scuba diving

Subscribe To Our Newsletter

Join our mailing list to receive the latest news and updates from Art of Scuba Diving! We will send a monthly(ish) update of awesome posts you might have missed. No spam ever!

You have Successfully Subscribed!