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Old 16-08-2015, 16:44   #196
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Here's a small contribution from today's beach time. These were taken at the Scripps Pier at La Jolla, Dan Diego. A spiney lobster and some starfish.

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Plants are not nearly as interesting as animals to photograph, but there are some intriguing species here.



This bright green one is composed of one cell with lots of nuclei.

[I]"Whole meadows may consist of a single individual alga connected by fine threads running through the substrate."

That is fascinating. One cell with lots of nuclei. That is really cool. It would be fun looking at that under the microscope.
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Old 17-08-2015, 01:28   #198
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The Emperor slammed into Canoe Rocks off Isle Royale. A photo from a week ago.
Loving the colours in these lake shots. The dorade looks like an Anish Kapoor sculpture!
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Leaf Scorpionfish (Taenianotus triacanthus), Komodo archipelago.
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Blue spotted ribbontail ray (Taeniura lymma), Komodo Archipelago.
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Heart of the Ocean? Cavern diving in the Komodo archipelago.
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In the orbit of the Blue Sun.

Pinnacle diving, Komodo archipelago.
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Really enjoy seeing all of the photos! Dug up a few more to share ~ these are lettuce sea slugs. The second one is a small juvenile with more delicate coloring.

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Great finds! Wonderful camouflage.
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I have so enjoyed seeing everyone's photos. Please keep them coming .

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Here's an octopus from Komodo for you SWL.
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For some sailing context to the underwater shots: anchored at Rinca, Komodo archipelago.
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Here's an octopus from Komodo for you SWL.
I'm back online after a week of negligible internet.

Muckle, fantastic photos! I am developing a love of octopuses. Of all the creatures I am encountering, they interact with me . I am learning how to locate their homes and entice them out enough for a photo shoot.

I have a few shots to add. None of them particularly good technically, as I am still struggling with getting the hang of this underwater lark, but all of interesting subjects.

Just enjoying some bubbly after a dive in a new anchorage, so I will post a few photos later.

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I am developing a keen eye for spotting octopuses' homes, not for culinary reasons (octopus has suddenly hit my short "will not eat" list ), but for observation and games. They are curious creatures and with repetitive dives they start to relax a little.

At about 8m this "nest" was too deep for continual dives, but observing it a couple of times a day for about a week and noticing constant redecoration, I decided this occupant was a she not a he .

This was the original photo I posted:




For the skeptics, this is a later shot of the home occupied. The octopus was a little shy here, but she is the grey mass in the middle. A sucker can just be seen on one of the tentacles:




And I was thrilled to find her awake and peering cautiously at me on one dive down. Note the rearrangement of shells and stones from one photo to the next:



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I am developing a keen eye for spotting octopuses' homes, not for culinary reasons (octopus has suddenly hit my short "will not eat" list ), but for observation and games. They are curious creatures and with repetitive dives they start to relax a little.

At about 8m this "nest" was too deep for continual dives, but observing it a couple of times a day for about a week and noticing constant redecoration, I decided this occupant was a she not a he .

This was the original photo I posted:




For the skeptics, this is a later shot of the home occupied. The octopus was a little shy here, but she is the grey mass in the middle. A sucker can just be seen on one of the tentacles:




And I was thrilled to find her awake and peering cautiously at me on one dive down. Note the rearrangement of shells and stones from one photo to the next:



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Just LOVELY shots, loving the sequence! And I concur as to gender I have some fun octopus shots from Aneityum and a few other places but not on this computer and am away from "home" right now… will post when I can.
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Just LOVELY shots, loving the sequence! And I concur as to gender I have some fun octopus shots from Aneityum and a few other places but not on this computer and am away from "home" right now… will post when I can.
Yep, decorating is a lady's prerogative . Even mermaids with a deep interest in knots and sailing and navigation and yacht design need to admit to that .

I would love to see any photos you have. The octopus you posted seems quite different to the Med variety.

I have another one posing on an anchor to download (just a baby that after about a dozen of my dives down relaxed enough to emerge from under the fluke and doze on top while I snapped shots ). It is a sheer joy to encounter them like this.

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Yep, decorating is a lady's prerogative . Even mermaids with a deep interest in knots and sailing and navigation and yacht design need to admit to that .

I would love to see any photos you have. The octopus you posted seems quite different to the Med variety.

I have another one posing on an anchor to download (just a baby that after about a dozen of my dives down relaxed enough to emerge from under the fluke and doze on top while I snapped shots ). It is a sheer joy to encounter them like this.

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I'll see if I can dig any up from the bowels of this beast meantime. As to knots… you know I was winding you up rather on that, eh? I agree the zep is good, and the sheet bends suspect, but it's hard enough to teach the latter on the RYAs. The former would likely result in black confusion among the masses.

And yes, totally love octopi. Fantastic creatures. By the way there's a new book out you may like, getting good reviews:

http://www.amazon.com/The-Soul-Octop.../dp/1451697716
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