Got home today and hubby said that he has been watching the lizards that lounge on our lanai...apparently, there's love in the air! I will attempt to snap some photos, but really, who wants x-rated lizard love in their mind's eye forever?! (And actually, I already have that picture, as we saw the love lizards engaged in amorous activity last weekend. I was happy that they continued doing what they were, without being bothered by us.)
Anyway, the mixmaster was churning today: rip currents took me right away and I got up and around the currents to see what I liked. However, the condition of the water, especially on the deeper half, was not great. There could have been several octopuses that I just couldn't see! But there were some of the other usual suspects: pretty shells, pretty clouds and even caught a photo of a surfer or two.
But first, to announce there were 3 seals snoozing and even a turtle.
The latter was good because I caught a photo of its fins, which are normally close to the body. But today, they were moving, so I almost thought there might be an egg-laying experience, but no joy on that one. Still an enjoyable swim.
Awwwww.. Seal togetherness. And the turtle, too. They were roped off for protection, but I was able to crop that part out...
If your app lets you, click on the photo to make it bigger..you can see some divots on the turtle's shell..I can only imagine that it got those by being turned over and bashed against a rock. It wasn't talking, though, so it's a guess. Poor turtle!
Here are the turtle fins I mentioned. They are really good about swimming...well, obviously! But sometimes you want to help them along. Not a good idea, but....
Almost forgot to show you my sweetheart's new t-shirt:
HAHAHA. Love it. He does drink beer and he does know things, so it's all good.
The aforementioned surfing:
Two surfers...click on the photo to see them closer up. Catching some waves!!
This is the island which is at the tip of the two parts...deeper on the right (with the rip currents...I warned ya) and the kiddie pool on the left. Both had major wave action today...I kept trying to get further out in the kiddie pond to find the octopus's home, but either I didn't find the right rock or he/she wasn't home. But this area is where the waves smash from left to right and right to left, to make a huge washing machine action. BE CAREFUL if you swim here. Listen to the lifeguards....they know what to expect, in terms of dangerous surf and waves and rips. No, really, that's their job. And really, like most people, they are probably at least somewhat lazy and they'd rather warn you than have to go swim out and grab your monkey-a*s out of the drink!
And I may have mentioned this before, but there are no lifeguards on the right side....Just on the left. Yeah, deeper water on the right, you'd think there'd be lifeguards. Go figure.
Male Trunk (Box) fish:
Here's the mystery:
I saw these whitish-greenish things accumulated under a rock. At first I thought it was some weird kind of leaf fish, but hubby and I think maybe egg cases of some kind...they do "cement" them sometimes to something, in order to let them hatch. If I find out, I'll let you know.
Really nice blue spined unicorn fish....they are all over this reef. They are easygoing, but they could do some damage, if they had a mind to, with those blue spines near the tail.
The seal had just turned over. We love the blond tummy....he burped too. We all laughed.
Christmas Wrasse and on the left, a brighteye Chromis. There were a scadzillion of them on the reef today. Including really fast but really cute ones, about an inch long. Awwwww.
What I at first thought was a lone cowry shell turned out to be two, hiding in a hole.
And hiding was also what this Humu was doing. Before I got there, so don't blame me, please.....
Shell....It is so tempting to pick them up, but I didn't. This one was obviously occupied.
And the Money Cowry. Gosh, they are pretty.
And since I'm rarely at the beach these days for sunrise, here's the palms and clouds of the later morning. Maybe next week, pix from the north shore...where it should be calmer this time of year, with summer just around the corner.
The big Rock Mover Wrasse and the juvenile. So fascinating. If they weren't so fast, I'd watch 'em for longer. But they move out of the way quickly. And this time, no octopus that I saw were accompanying them. I blame the rough water.....but a good swim anyway and I wasn't swept out to sea or to Japan! Thank you, God! He is so supportive.....thanks for reading!