Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Drama, day two: no octopus again

I wonder if some folks won't even read my blog if I say there were no octopuses! However, there was a Slipper Lobster!
 I didn't choose the color pattern, but perhaps I'm accustomed to finding things when they are the same color as the bottom! The Slipper Lobster is the thing between all the rocks...does that help you locate it?
Here's another shot, which I think kinda looks like a lady with a tiara...two eyes and a mouth. Perhaps not....In any case, I don't know if I have ever seen one of these in the wild before. It scuttled out from under a rock, so that's probably the only reason I spotted it. It didn't move at all after coming out, so it probably didn't want to become dinner. (And no, I wouldn't catch one. I'm strange about not killing stuff; but I will eat fish..)
 There were a total of 3 seals today, but one slept on another part of the beach. When I mentioned to the lady below that she was too close to the seal, she said: "Oh!!! I didn't even see it there!" I thought to warn her not to go into the water, as there are LOTS of things she should notice while in. But I'm still fighting to be good. And nice. And kind. God tells me to be at least kind and it's still a struggle.

The main problem was that I got a late start today, so there were more people in the water than I like. But I do go to a very popular beach, so it's really my fault! But if I get in earlier, most of the visitors are still sleeping....
 I would LOVE to say this was a well hiding octopus, but I'm still uncertain. I didn't see any siphon (usually the way I am positive what it is) nor any tentacles. So I'm not counting it. My apologies, he'e, if that was you!

Urchin. This one has slender spines that I'd guess hold the poison. Do not step on these, please.
 A Lizard Fish for Alex's collection. He keeps it all over the world. ha.

Brighteye Chromis. Hiding.
 Above and below, a yellow tail Coris juvenile in the changeover stage. The younger are just red and white. This one has started the adult coloration.
 Male Trunk Fish.

Peacock Grouper, showing its lovely blue fins. Apparently, these fish eat too much on the reef, so they are not popular.
 Part of a shell. Hermit Crabs have been known to take broken shells and use them for their homes.
 A Stripey. These hang out in the shallow side, near where the people congregate. Doesn't seem like a good survival strategy, but perhaps they have prey there of which I'm not aware..
The lead featured below was on the fishing line in the next photo and was wrapped in about a foot of black stretchy tape. I can only imagine what it would have morphed into if left in the ocean!
 This fishing line, which I wound up about a week ago, turned out to be over 30 feet of mono-filament line! Imagine getting that caught around you....or a fish...or an eel. Sad. But it is now at home in a trash can, so it won't be bothering anyone again. I'm just glad I was able to reel it in and take it out of the water. Took me about 10 minutes. Time well spent.
Here's hoping for an octo-sighting next time!

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