Sunday, March 19, 2023

I hit the Jackpot!!

I hit the jackpot! First swim in almost  a year and I saw 2 octopuses!!! God is good!

And God also provided 2 seals; the first one is pictured here.
Rock Mover Wrasse. And may I just say how nice it is to be back in the water? After almost a year, I was afraid I might have lost my underwater, octo-mojo. I ultimately found the octopus by looking around the Rock Mover. They tend to peek into holes and that led me to the octopus.

One of my favorite fish: The Ambon Puffer.

Four spot butterfly fish. (2 spots on either side...)
The two seals. One larger and one smaller. It was great that they are once again allowing seal guards; covid had stopped that for a while. 
Little white eel. I saw a total of 3 different eels.
And here is the den and octopus. They move stones/rocks out of the way to make space for themselves. It is in the center of the photo.

You might be better able to see the small white breathing tube on the left of the dark blob.
I don't mind saying I was so chuffed to see my first octopus in almost a year that I almost cried into my mask. 

Poipu had wonderful clouds.
A Drupe shell, resting on the reef.

There was sand in the water, but you can still see the octopus behind the red rocks.

The Hawaiian state fish, the Humuhumunukunukuapua'a. A Trigger fish.

The Cornet fish
We think the other octopus was at the back of this hole and along the side in the hole below. 

And the other Moray eel! I used to think they were being aggressive, and indeed could be, by having their mouths open, but my hubby and I now think it is just breathing.
And speaking of the hubby, we both really enjoy the Spotted Trunk fish, in this case, a male.
Ambon Toby. If bitten, they can swell up their bodies in order to be harder to swallow.
Napping, Monk Seal style.
It is somewhat tough to see, but there is a pack of needlefish in this shot. Long and silvery.

If you look just below the nose of the Convict Tang closest to me, the octo-head is visible. After all, they are great at camouflage!

Ambon Puffer again. They are so cute, with all the spots. And they have a great royal blue near their back fin.

Be sure to look on Youtube for my short video of the octopus in its den. search for octopigirl7. And thanks. I do appreciate you reading!

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