I'll forgive you if you say they are hard to see.
#1 octopus was hiding so well, that I came back to see it 2 times and could only find it on the 2nd try. I don't know if it left the area for my 3rd try, but I couldn't see it. It does blend rather well, wouldn't you say?
#2 was hiding in a hole. I search all along the shore and sometimes I am rewarded, as I was today. I love how they can make their skin bumpy. It helps them blend in even better.
There was a seal napping:
Now for the toughest fish in the sea...well, my part of the sea, anyway:
It's the Rock Mover Wrasse. These fish pick up big rocks and throw them about with their jaws. It is unbelievable. This one appears to have a rip or something above its gill slit, so I hope it's ok...they often lead me to octopuses, so I hold them in some esteem.
This one has 3 types of striped fish: the abudefduf on the left and bottom, the sergeant major, near the rock in the middle and the Convict Tang on the right. All up and down stripes, but they look so different!
I'm including 2 eel photos. They are different eels, but the same type. I thought the one with the Christmas Wrasse was cool...the wrasse had been harassing the eel, darting all around it. This looks like the eel might make it pay. They ended up separating, but it could have been ugly.
I think these are sponges:
The part on the right had a hole in it, which made me think it's a sponge. If you know better, please let me know!
A pair of my fave fish: brighteye chromis:
Aren't they just so cute? So quick. And nicely colored..
Here's a cone shell that was hiding in the coral:
Now isn't that a pretty little shell? I didn't pick it up, but assumed it was in use. And I missed the mulberry drupe shell on the left until I got the photos home..
Christmas Wrasse again:
And last, but not least, a blenny, poking its little head out of a hole:
Camouflage almost as good as the octopus's!
Thanks, God, for a wonderful and safe snorkel. When my friend and I were leaving, the lifeguards were closing the deep part of the beach, due to high surf and swell.....glad I got in my swim in time.