And oops, forgot about Valentine's Day. We were so excited, we didn't wait to open our cards:
And we will be soon seeing Venice, so this card was a treat too.
OK, now on to swimming: First of all, very nice water.
Here's He'e #1 and the Rock Mover that helped me see it.
I have started looking around when I see the wrasses because they are often associated with octopuses. This one kept zooming around it.
The octopus is hiding deep in this den, above. They put the rocks there as protection, I'll bet.
The two photos above and below are the same octopus .... #3. He got mad.
But then calmed down. Note the siphon above, which is near its eye.
Perhaps it was angry because I interrupted octo-Valentine's Day!
You may not be able to see them both, but the Octopus on the right is #3 and waaaay to the left, with the small green rock over the hole is Octopus #4. (See #4 closer up at the end of this post.) I think being that close, they were "involved" with one another.
In the past, I've seen the male make himself big to distract from the female. Now, I can't prove that, but...chivalry is not dead in the animal world. Well at least not in the octo-animal world.
I called this photo Do You See? because the octopus is really well hidden. It's just its head showing. (He'e #5)
Maybe if you look at the one to the left, it will help you see the one above...There's a rock to the left of its head. The eyes have radiating white stripes. And, note that the eyes are not round!
And then it got mad...The Siphon is the white tube...the eye is below. The brown color was caused inadvertently by yours truly.
Two Bluefin Trevally
Two Rock Mover Wrasse....it really seemed like Valentine's Day, two by two.
Well, except for this Christmas Wrasse...they generally fly solo.
As did this Cowry shell, hiding in a hole. Look closely: I think something had preyed upon the shell. You can see white on the side..like part of the shell's shell was bitten off, or broken.
This crab gave someone breakfast. I think it's interesting that the pretty color was inside...as is the case with the Cowry shells, too.
And the brown was outside. You can see the eyes and antenna. I guess there's no good eating in those..
Hawaiian Cleaner Wrasse about to pick parasites off the Bluefin.
Goats, goats always goats! They were swimming in a group again today.
This is the young Yellow Tail Coris. No, really! At this age, its tail isn't yellow.
And the Barred File Fish is spotted like the one below, when it's a juvenile. This is about 2/3rds adult size.
Needle fish low enough in the water to register on my eyes and camera...and a Sergeant Major.
Palms for Alex and clouds for me. It's a great world.
Peacock Grouper. Electric blue fins and tail.
Plaid Cornet Fish. Well, plaid is what I call it. This one was hunting, as they mostly are.
A little bit of rainbow on the Rock Mover.
And a little bit of snooze on the seal. This was a smallish one, all by itself. (Note the Sparrow in the background...it was probably wondering what that big lump was.)
And sadly, a shell I didn't even know I had came with its own crab. I thought it was a piece of rock, until it started walking across the paper towel. Sorry, crab!
And the green shell between the two sides of red rock is a Turban Shell. The shell is still there, far as I know, since I thought it was occupied and I can't take those home..
I'm going to call it a drop rainbow....while shooting the clouds above, a drop of water on the lens reflected the sun through it.
I realized I didn't really give you a good photo of octopus #4. See above. Well hidden and marked by the green rock above the den.