Saturday, February 15, 2020

One octopus..and it flew!

I was back up in the photos department: 418! And oddly, they were mostly pictures of the one and only octopus that I saw. Fully out, it preened, watched, blew out sand and then flew to other rocky outcroppings.
 This octopus kept this stance, for the most part. Showing its suckers underneath. Kinda like lifting up its petticoat.

You can see inside, to spot its breathing apparatus..
 From above.
 And here's the Bluefin Trevally that started the whole show. I'm glad that my presence eventually made the fish depart. I did it for you, He'e!

All circled up. 
 Below, you can see the eyes. I rarely see any octo-art that accurately depicts their eyes.

Below, the he'e from above. The octopus definitely turned around so it could keep me in sight.
 And then it flew off to sit atop a rock. The surrounding fishes were excited!

This is what it looked like as it swam. All curled up and brown.

The Saddle Wrasse and Goat fish def thought the octopus exciting. 
 As it started flying away. I think this one might have been missing a leg.
If you'd like to see some videos, on, search for octopigirl7. Et voila!

And I was not bored as I waited for enough light to go in: We had very nice colors as the sun started coming up.

The one below not only had color, but look for the big wave that hit land just below the middle.

 It was tough deciding which shots to include. All were so pretty.

 This was the first one. Before much light arrived. Isn't God's universe incredible?

So before all the octo-excitement, here are some of the fish I saw. Oh and a shell too! Lived in by a hermit crab.
 Barred filefish. You can see the water wasn't the most clear ever.
 But it was clear enough to spot the hermit crab inside the shell. Where it lives still, I'd guess.
 An Operculum that I couldn't take home. Drat!
 The Picasso Humu. And showing its spike.
 And a Sergeant Major. I saw others that were tiny.
 This eel was hanging out near the octopus.
 Oops. Another photo of the siphon and the suckers underneath.
One photo after it flew and landed. 
I eventually decided that I had bothered it enough and swam away.
So happy to have seen this octopus and its antics. They are amazing creatures.

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Eureka! One!

Yay, I saw one octopus today! Normally, that's not cause for super-excitement, but since I saw none this past weekend, I'll take one in a hot minute.

Snorkeling is just better with octopuses.
 The brown part is the octopus peeking. This will help you in seeing it below. It was a young one, so, not big. And very well camouflaged.
 Not easy, is it? If you see the spiky yellow-ish urchin in the hole just below and to the right of the middle, look left, up and over a bit. You'll see the octo-eye. It is the same color as the rocks, so that's why the camouflage is so amazing.
Was God having a good day when He created octopuses or what? (Also, think of how superior they are: they didn't need an ark. Just sayin'.)

The visibility was really odd today: there would be pockets of clear water and then cloudy right next to it. Very strange. So after I found the octopus, I went out past the cable to the deeper side.
This is the cable as I was coming back in. Do you see the big cone shell? I didn't until I got this photo home. (Triangular, just below the clump at the end of the cable on the right.) It's covered with sand and other stuff, so you can't tell what type of cone it is. 
 The Bigeye Emperor was hanging out in the deeper side.
 As were the Durgon cousins: the black and the pinktail. So similar, yet so different.
 A Yellow tang took at look at the pinktail.
 This Cornet fish looked like plaid.

And there was a unicorn fish without the horn. Don't faint, but I looked it up: A Sleek Unicorn fish!
The deeper water was also a bit plagued with less than clear water. So today's photos were only 168! Can you believe?

OK, so back inside, in the less deep water:
 Barred filefish showing its bars and teeth. Oh and the sock money eye. haha

And a Christmas Wrasse. I do wish I knew why there is such a difference in the water here vs. Kauai in terms of which fish are most prevalent. I see these all the time on Kauai and not so often here. And we won't even bring up the Rock Mover Wrasse lack.
 But there was a Cigar Wrasse.

 This wrasse swept rather slowly through the scene, so I was able to catch several shots. And it caught something, darting toward the rocks to snag it. Of course, not caught on video, as I was in photo mode at the time. You just can't predict these things.

You can predict the Picasso Humu, though. So pretty.
 And Needlefish for Alex.

I'm not trying to get sideways, but they stay up just below the surface, so you have to twist to get them in the shot. 

I did have fun, though. Any day with an octopus....

And now for the clouds, planets, sun and moon: Oh yeah, and palm trees.
 Nice clouds and palm trees. Sometimes the gradation of colors is so nice.

As I walked toward the area where I had stashed my gear until the sun came up, I noted a haze around the moon. Pretty and kind of eerie.

To the left, the moon from near the car. You just can't get a bad view here.
 Sun almost up.
 Sun shining in a path on the water. My pal, Perry, always loved seeing that type of photo. Here's to you, Perry!

Venus above the palm tree. 

After the swim, I was able to have lunch with a friend and also visit the Sanrio/Hello Kitty store at Kahala Mall. Winner! I was also able to check in with a dear friend at OneLove Ministries in Honolulu, who gave me the skinny on a better way to get home. So it was a very helpful and fruitful day.