Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Taking Mr. Eel out for a stroll

Doesn't it look as if the Trevally is taking Mr. Eel for a stroll? 

I caught sight of the trev first and figured it was circling for a reason..and it was.  Unfortunately, it wasn't an octopus it was circling, but an eel isn't a bad choice, either.  The eel, having had enough of the trevally, took off and the fish followed.  That's what they do!

A friend at church commented the other day that it's hard to get a photo of the moon.  See what you think:

The palm tree was actually taken last night...and the rainbow this morning.  See the moon in the upper left?  That's the trick I use: take a photo of something else in the frame and catch the moon as a by-product..Love the rainbow.  As I popped up to take a little extra breath, there it was. Nice surprise.

I saw another surprise: a black leaf fish!  Sadly, it was kinda deep in this area and when I dove down, I wasn't really successful in catching it on film.  

It's the black at the bottom.  It has a big fin on its back and it waves in the current, just like a leaf.  

Really sorry I didn't catch a better shot.  The thing was really cool.  A lot like a black leaf.....

Two octopuses today!  Here's the first one:

This was a small one, as was the surprising 2nd one, about a yard away.  I noted the rock with coral that was near them, so hopefully by the weekend, I'll be able to look for them again.  But who knows?  Those darn octopus rarely stay in one place for long.

The bumpy white and brown is the head.  If you click on it, you might be able to see the eye.

And surprise octopus #2:

Since they are cannibalistic, I sure hope one doesn't find and eat the other!  They were both the same size, so maybe they were siblings.

When I finally left the octopuses alone (which was a struggle: one always thinks that the next fab photo is just around the corner..), I saw the blue spined unicorn:

While it's not my favorite fish, I do like its clean lines, bright blue spikes on the tail and the unicorn horn. Who says Unicorns don't exist?!?!?!

Also in the big pond was a nice flounder.  Or as we call it at our house, a floundrah.  Since I gave it away, I guess it cannot really be an Eagle Eye Challenge:
OK, got it?  Yeah, yeah, I know, it's practically the same color as the sand.  That's the point; it's a survival technique. 

It's resting on top of the rock...

I will have to look this up, but I think it's a half beak (not sure diff between half beak and needlefish)

Darn hard to catch on film, too, because it stays on the surface.  Well, near it...
This one was by itself, which is odd for needlefish, and it was big, too, so that could be another factor.  I'll let you know..

And the following group of photos had me mystified at first. See if you can see what I was capturing on camera (I guess I can't say I captured it on film has changed so much.)
Yeah, it's another juvenile Rock Mover Wrasse.  Who doesn't love a plaid fish?! I won't bore you with the others, but it was really hard to tell, without enlarging the shot, what I was trying to catch.

I did see another Barracuda, slinking along in the water:

If you see the black on the tail, follow it up and to the left.  The head is furthest from me...I prefer it that way!

And by they way, they are nothing like in the movies.  Well, they have the biggish teeth and look mean, but I've never had one even attempt to intercept me.  In fact, they swim the other way.  After all, I am a lot bigger, even if my teeth aren't...Additionally, I usually see them on their own, not in a group.

Near the shore, I saw a pile of minnows...have no idea what kind of fish they were, but minnows were what we called them in lakes in Michigan:

They are the small dots in the water.  They were moving somewhere....

More Cowry shells were hiding, too:
There were 3 or 4 more just around in the rocks like this one: hiding.

And I found a Common Box Crab (I think); Hawaiian name is Pokipoki.  Love the language: it's full of cool sounds.

If it's not moving, it looks a LOT like a white rock.  And since there are lots of those around in the kiddie pond, it's hard to see it unless it moves.  The line at the bottom of the animal is the place where it folds its two arms into its body.  The eyes are white and about in the middle of the line.  It ran from me too, so I could see its legs.

I'll check back with you on the weekend.....Til then, have a great week!

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