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Old 03-08-2015, 14:17   #31
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We saw this gaudy jelly fish near the surface on one of our dives a few days ago. I think it is a Cotylorhiza tuberculata, a type of "fried egg" jellyfish. Confusingly, similar photos on the internet label it a Medusa Cassiopea.

Also confusingly, Wikipedia states it as being both "commonly found in the Mediterranean Sea, Aegean Sea and Adriatic Sea" and an "endangered species" .

It apparently doesn't have a vicious sting, but I wasn't about to check this out . The image was just darkened a little and cropped:

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This was taken in the Sporades, NW Aegean Sea, Greece, 30th July 2015


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Hey Folks!

Just a friendly suggestion or request: Please post WHERE the photos were taken.

Don't have to be precise, but indicating the different seas or nearby countries or islands would be nice to learn along with seeing the photos.
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Looks like a tun shell and those are egg casings.

Very cool photo!

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I was lucky to catch this shot, as they apparently bury themselves under the sand and only emerge at night to feed. That explains why this is the first live one I have seen (unoccupied ones are common).

Thanks for the ID, Michele.

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Common mollusk behavior. Wade or snorkel around in shallow sandy bottom at night and you will see a lot more.
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Hope you will present heaps of your photos.
Beautiful images!
+1. Great conch shots. They actually have a lot of personality...makes me feel a little guilty when I eat them. ;-)
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+1. Great conch shots. They actually have a lot of personality...makes me feel a little guilty when I eat them. ;-)
I can't bring myself to eat octopus now after watching them underwater and then reading how intelligent they are. We had a particularly cute one with a fiesty personality make a home for himself under our fluke a couple of years ago.

I noticed a nest near our anchor, so I will take some shots tomorrow.

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I do miss seeing fish like this when snorkelling. One thing to look forward to when we are eventually in tropical waters again.

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Just looked this camera up (did you get the air pro?) ~ looks very interesting! Looks like it's meant for video but takes stills too. Can't wait to see your results underwater and hear what you think.

I'd be interested if this was somewhere between the gear/tech-heavy set-up and a point and shoot. Maybe we'll finally be anchored in the same vicinity next year to compare results!

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(bear with me for a little thread drift here, but it is ultimately relavant to an UW camera)

The version I have is the "Speed PRO" (an older model I think), but I don't think there is really that much difference between the models. Not tech heavy at all, basically point and shoot. In operation youve only got a record-stop slider and an on-off button (which doubles as a single shot picture control). Downside to that of course is that you cant fiddle with lots of options if you need to. It has a built in fish eye lens so you can go from wide angle landscape to near macro without touching a thing. That means no zoom though.

There is no built-in view finder, which with the fish eye lens turns out not to be that big of a deal and keeps it really compact.

It is geared toward video but will do single shot too. We did a short road trip with a guest last week up to Finca Dracula (awesome orchid vivero in Cerro Punta). A shot below just to show its close up ability.

And I shot some video of a recent fishing trip to Nicaragua. Not underwater, but at least on the water. Link:

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I can't bring myself to eat octopus now after watching them underwater and then reading how intelligent they are. We had a particularly cute one with a fiesty personality make a home for himself under our fluke a couple of years ago.

I noticed a nest near our anchor, so I will take some shots tomorrow.

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I draw the line at octopus too. Too intelligent to eat and not that tasty anyway.
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The "frilly ending" I suspect is an egg sac. Many mollusks excrete something similar. Some very interesting ones. For example, Whelk egg sacs are common in Carib waters. They look a lot like a spinal column.
Yep. I believe it is an egg sac.
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We saw this gaudy jelly fish near the surface on one of our dives a few days ago. I think it is a Cotylorhiza tuberculata, a type of "fried egg" jellyfish. Confusingly, similar photos on the internet label it a Medusa Cassiopea.

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Way cool Jelly shot!

Another one attached though not nearly as interesting.

Location: Bocas del Toro, Panama
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I do miss seeing fish like this when snorkelling. One thing to look forward to when we are eventually in tropical waters again.

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We saw this gaudy jelly fish near the surface on one of our dives a few days ago. I think it is a Cotylorhiza tuberculata, a type of "fried egg" jellyfish.
What a lovely creature ~ that is such a great shot!

I see mangrove upside-down jellyfish on occasion in certain sandy bottom areas & need to work on a better photo... this is from a few years ago (in Panama).
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(bear with me for a little thread drift here, but it is ultimately relavant to an UW camera)

The version I have is the "Speed PRO" (an older model I think), but I don't think there is really that much difference between the models. Not tech heavy at all, basically point and shoot. In operation youve only got a record-stop slider and an on-off button (which doubles as a single shot picture control). Downside to that of course is that you cant fiddle with lots of options if you need to. It has a built in fish eye lens so you can go from wide angle landscape to near macro without touching a thing. That means no zoom though.

There is no built-in view finder, which with the fish eye lens turns out not to be that big of a deal and keeps it really compact.

It is geared toward video but will do single shot too. We did a short road trip with a guest last week up to Finca Dracula (awesome orchid vivero in Cerro Punta). A shot below just to show its close up ability.

And I shot some video of a recent fishing trip to Nicaragua. Not underwater, but at least on the water. Link:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/b5f1b5zt1j...07-28.mp4?dl=0
Thx for the info on camera (& orchid finca). Looks like snook was the catch of the day on video.
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