Saturday, December 23, 2017

Aliens probably can't tell they have legs!

In looking at the photos from today (477 of them, thanks very much), I thought: hey, if an alien looked at this octopus photo, they would not know octopuses have legs! They would probably also assume they are small, since most of the ones I see are in a den and you can't tell their size...

This was the first octopus. Hard to see, but I was very happy to spot it.
 Better hidden, but I still saw it.

He'e #3. Nice colors
 Showed quite a bit of siphon and the eye (red) is visible also.

I love the aqua color you can see sometimes.
 The photo below that made me think about wouldn't assume that they had anything like legs from this photo! And of course, one wouldn't assume you could eat them, either. I like this aliens idea more and more....

I am rather surprised that these octopuses stay where I saw them: near the beach! Where it is so easy to get a foot directed toward you. (I am resisting asking why the visitors walk instead of swimming.....but I'm trying to be good. I guess it's better to be critical in my mind, rather than in my mouth..)
 Three cowries, hiding in a hole...

I'm told the spots show that the Barred Filefish is a juvenile. It is certainly smaller than the adult version.
 Ah the lovely Brighteye Chromis.

A dead Slipper Lobster carcass. I don't usually see these, alive or dead, so this was a surprise.
 Eel, poking out and looking aggressive.

Snowflake Moray Eel. Pretty and not mean looking normally, although this one also has its mouth open.
Goat fish in huge numbers again. They must like the protection of the Kiddie Pond.

Isn't this one of the ugliest fish? Alex said that we should send it to Grumpy cat to show why it's grumpy. ha.
 It's the spotfin Scorpion Fish. Hiding in a hole. So not only octopuses do that.
 Juliana's Sea Hare. Even though Juliana, my co-worker, doesn't like it because it's not pretty. Sure is interesting, though!

A juvenile Rock Mover. They are quick and blown about by the water, so it's a feat to catch em with my camera.
 Leaf Fish. I know where they hang out, so I can see one almost every time.
 And excited to be seeing more Picasso Trigger Fish. This one has its spike raised. This one was probably 3 inches long, including the tail.

See the Lizard fish on top of this coral head?

See it now?
 Male Trunk Fish.
 Nice rainbow at home.
 Humu. Don't make me spell it all out! But I can. I'm all about spelling...

This nudibranch was less red than the one I saw yesterday, but was in the same general area between two rocks. I'm not sure if they can alter their colors. Research topic for when I'm retired.....
 Rain at sea. And palm trees.

Peacock grouper

 Pinktail Durgon. For an inexplicable reason, this one kept circling me, so I got a whole bunch of pix. It is amazing behavior: normally they swim away as fast as they can!
 Rain dumping out at sea.

Earlier rain at sea.

 Rainbow in the cloud out at sea. I wonder if the paddlers and the people on the boat could see it...
 Self Portrait. I wondered what my hair looks like, so I took the photo. It's longer now, so I feel it moving when I swim. 
 Here's the crab inside the shell that made me put it back down. It was funny too: I always check to ensure the shell is empty. When I thought so, I put it on my purple glove to take a picture. And it started crawling away, along my glove! So I guess that answered that question.
 You can see the thin barbs at the end of the smaller legs..that's what I was feeling on my hand as it dragged itself away..
 Here's a photo that shows you why it's called a Threadfin Butterfly...that long thin tail off the top fin.
 Yellow phase Cigar Wrasse and an Indo Pacific Damsel. It intrigues me how many shades of yellow are on the fishes I see..
Five octopus! A very nice dive. I waited for the seal to leave before I got in. The least I could do. Thanks to God for the safety and the many octopuses and other cool creatures!!!

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