Well, today, not much went as planned! The business "15 minute" meeting after church stretched to 45 minutes. which put me behind on my desire to snorkel. so i finally got out, got to the car and actually found a parking space when I got there! wonders will never cease.
However, spoiler alert: there were no octopuses that I was able to spot. It was from 1 to 3 p.m., so there were more snorkelers in the pond on both sides, so I blame that, rather than my inability to adjust to the afternoon light, as opposed to the morning light...lol
I did find something surprising: 5 cowry shells in one coral head! Unfortunately, they were placed so it was impossible to get them all in the shot, but here are 3:
Again, I had a bit of trouble keeping my shadow out of the photo.
If I move too much out of the way, I cannot tell where the camera is pointing. But I enjoyed the show. The 3rd one is kind of hidden but some white seaweed...at the top.
I enjoyed seeing the Christmas Wrasse:
Again, these colors just blow my socks off!
And this photo made me laugh. Of course, it's cropped but..it looks as if they are both staring at me:
She said WHAT?!?!?!
Needlefish were plentiful and again staying pretty near the surface, so tough for me to catch on film:
They run in schools and it's so much fun to watch them watching me. They get to be a decent size (as if a wooden ruler were round..that size) but these were much smaller. Probably the width of a pencil.
There were a couple of Sea Hares again today; this is one:
I cannot see well enough to tell, but it almost looks as if there's something on the back of this one. What I don't know would fill several books....
I did see a nice cowry on the sea floor:
I didn't check on whether it was empty. I know those shells can be re-used, if they are vacated by the original animal....
And the major surprise was the flounder:
Look for the bar of light across the face of the flounder. It is good camouflage isn't it?
I did take a movie, but the little one stopped moving after an initial sprint across the scene...
And today's box fish:
There were several eels, but this snowflake is the one that was fully out and swimming along. Well, sneaking, really...
Just searching for a place to hide. It still amazes me that I'm not grossed out by these animals: snakes, on the other hand do gross me out. Lots of similarities, but eels definitely win in the cool category.
Colorful, isn't it? And I didn't see the Drupe Shell until I got it home.....I wish I knew what all this stuff is...but I thought it did make a pretty photo...
Have a great week.. There may be a small hiatus because of sweetheart needing the car this week. I'll keep you posted....hahaha.