About Carlos Estape

Carlos and Allison Estapé - We have a passion for the natural world and have traveled extensively in search of adventure. We are both photographers, divers, SCUBA instructors and underwater naturalists based in the Florida Keys. Our love for the sea has taken us all over the world and combined we have made thousands of dives over our lifetime in locations such as the Caribbean, Baja, Micronesia, Indonesia, Australia, the Coral Sea, Fiji and the Indian Ocean besides here in our own backyard of the Florida Keys.

We are the Underwater Naturalists at CoCoView Resort during the month of July for the Great Annual Fish Count and again in November for their Seahorse Festival. We give daily talks and weekly guided dives, join us! https://www.facebook.com/CoCoViewResort/ 

Our work has been featured internationally including the Monaco Nature Encyclopedia, AlertDiver.com, Alert Diver Magazine, SCUBA Diving magazine, Reef Fish Identification Florida, Caribbean, Bahamas (Humann/DeLoach), Keys Dive Traveler magazine, newspapers, social studies text books, children's books, scientific publications & papers, dive book (Spearfisherman's Guide to the Upper Keys), SCUBA shop websites (Key Dives, Islamorada Dive Center, Ambassador Divers, Grand Cayman) and just recently selected for display at the American Museum of Natural History NY, New York State Museum in Albany, NY and the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, California.

We are co-authors of two scientific papers; The fishes of Alligator Reef and environs in the Florida Keys: a half-century update and An update to the inventory of shore-fishes from the Parque Nacional Sistema Arrecifal Veracruzano, Veracruz, Mexico

One of the things we are most proud of is the contribution of thousands of images to the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute for use in their amazing fish ID website and app. http://biogeodb.stri.si.edu/caribbean/en/pages 

Our work will soon be featured in interpretive panels for an educational and conservation project benefiting seabirds on the Oregon coast at the Oregon Islands National Wildlife Refuge.




*All images can be customized to fit your publishing and printing needs (vertical/horizontal/black and white/sepia etc). 

*In many cases the image is one of a series, ask if you are interested in seeing similar photos.

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We are the junior authors for the following published papers:

The fishes of Alligator Reef and environs in the Florida Keys: a half-century update
Walter A. Starck II, Carlos J. Estape & Allison Morgan Estape

Journal of the Ocean Science Foundation, Volume 27, 29 August 2017

An update to the list of shore-fishes from the Parque Nacional de la Sistema Arrecifal Veracruzano, Veracruz, México
D Ross Robertson1, Horacio Perez-España2, Omar Dominguez-Dominguez3, Carlos J Estape4, Allison Morgan Estape4

ZooKeys 2019 https://zookeys.pensoft.net/article/38449/?fbclid=IwAR38REymqkTfF7we25Q-rGF2B4uG1Ds0bGdQO1q6SeNDgLxRbPWOZ-U2NXc 

Images used in papers and publications:

The American Naturalist https://www.amnat.org/an/newpapers/Mar-Pena.html 

Tropicos, The Magazine of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute