Saturday, May 25, 2019

No octo-joy, but a good swim nevertheless

I have checked my octo-records, and it is a normal thing to see fewer octopuses in May. Gee, I hope June is better. But there were good things that I saw and also since the waves of summer and fall are starting, I am happy to be in the water at all.

I didn't get to swim as far out on either side because of the waves, but here's what I did see:
 Can you spot the 2 lizard fishes? One is just showing its head and the other most of the hidden-in-sand body.
 Isn't that so cool?!
 Abudefduf zipping about near the dividing rocks.
 Blenny poking out of its hole.
 Above, a Blue spined unicorn
 cone shell hidden
 clouds, of course
 clam shell (empty! yay)
 Some small bluefin trevally at a cleaning station

 A well covered cone shell
 Convict tangs at another cleaning station. The one in the center had just gotten his gills cleaned; perhaps he felt he needed more attention?
 Cornet fish
 Sea cucumber
 Devil Scorp, #1 of 2
 Drupe shell
 Female trunk fish
 Female Christmas Wrasse

Pretty fleur on the way to the car

 Purple goat fish and below, stocky hawk fish
 Indo pacific chromis

 Juvenile Bird Wrasse
 Another chance to see the Lizard fish...this one just showing its head
 and the other one's body

 Male Trunk Fish showing its face for once
 White operculum in situ

 Ornate Butterfly fish. It had a companion, but neither cooperated at the same time.
Busy clouds

Pencil urchin
 I think it may be poo
 Rock boring urchins. In other words, I'm told they drill the holes they are resting in.

 Rock Mover wrasse. They can pick up large rocks and thrown them about to find food underneath.

 Saddle wrasse
 Saddleback  butterfly
 Another Devil Scorpion Fish

And the other one:

 Sea cucumber
 Convict tang, sergeant majors and a juvenile yellow tail coris, the latter of which I didn't see until I looked at the photo at home.
 A tiny shell and a tube on a rock
 Snowflake Moray trying to hide

 Spotfin scorpion fish
 Squirrel fish
 Teardrop butterfly fish
 In this one, you can really see how it got its name: Threadfin Butterfly fish
 Bluefin trevally
 A pair of goat fish, cruising together
 Banded Urchin.
Oh and from my last post, the other, lighter colored Spanish Dancer is called a redmargin Spanish Dancer!

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