Friday, March 30, 2018

A REALLY REALLY Good Good Friday!

Having a holiday, especially one like Good Friday, is always great. I have been sad today thinking about what Jesus went through. But for such a great reason!
And since I had some time and some great weather, I visited Poipu and was gifted with sighting 4 octopuses! Do you see the one below?

It is almost directly above the fish. Look below to see it better, adhered to the rock.

This was #2. really hiding well, near the island.

And below is the one that I found by following the Rock Mover Wrasse. I still cannot figure out why these fishes like torturing the octopuses, but they rub up on 'em! This octopus was about to thwap the fish to get it to go away.
 Below, you can see the octopus arm out, ready to strike. My hubby said it's a good thing they never did that to me! (They know I would never hurt them...)

You can see the siphon of the octopus hiding in that den.

And if you'd like to see the octopus video, click here. Or copy it in your browser.

 This seal was watching those of us on the beach. It was also directly in the path of the water entry! I waited, just to make sure it wasn't going to re-enter the water. I try to give them lots of room. I have never had one attack me, but don't want a first time. Also, they deserve their space. After all, they LIVE there; I just get to occasionally swim there in Poipu.
 Nice Honu swam by. 

This might be the same seal as above, but I didn't see the identifying number, so couldn't tell.
 And then a seal swam by me! It looked over, decided I wasn't that interesting. The cool thing was that I figured it was coming: all the convict tangs ran from it. So I knew something was coming. And might I say: glad it was a seal!
These two Bluefin Trevally were waiting for a shave! ha. Well, actually waiting to have parasites picked off...but doesn't a shave sound better?
 These were shell parts that I brought home. Having checked that no one was living in them, of course.

This little Ambon Puffer was apparently either in dire straights, or just wanted to wedge itself in between two rocks. If you look carefully, you'll see that some of the normal coloration is a bit rubbed off, so perhaps it was hiding because it had issues. I have seen this on t.v. with other bigger puffers: they can wedge themselves in between rocks and blow themselves up to avoid being preyed upon.

Below is the normal, pretty coloration.

And the nudibranchs were out today! Note the two "antenna" to the upper left of the shot. Since they are brightly colored, I really must check whether they have poison...sometimes we get warned by bright colors.
This is the complete shell on sand, like the pieces of shell above. Very pretty with nice little bits of color. Note the crab leg to the left...apparently a crab had ousted the original owner.

Basket shell. This was maybe an inch long...
 This was an amazing surprise: the Devil Scorpion Fish! I haven't seen one this large in a long time. Maybe a foot long. They do the bright colors warning other animals of its poison. But only when the expand their side fins.

Tail to the left and slightly open mouth at the lower right. See the white?

This little blenny or goby (not sure about all these little guys) hid when it noticed me. I wish all these animals would realize I won't hurt them! I'm just about taking their pictures...
 Nice female Trunk Fish.

You can see why this is called a Brighteye Chromis. Love these fishes. Fast, too.
 A very pretty Cowry shell hiding in a hole.

Another female trunk fish. This one was tiny.
 And this is why I had to walk down to the Waiohai to get out. By the time I swam down there, found a sandy place to get out, and walked back, of course, these two seals were gone....that figures.

Juvenile Barred Filefish. Juvenile because they have spots, no bars yet.
 A very nice Cone shell. Some day I'll get out my shell book and figure out what KIND of Cone shell this one was.

 Male Trunk Fish. Showing something else in addition to the tail this time. I usually catch their pictures when they are swimming away. (Again, with that distrust!!)
 Another nudibranch.

And here's a still of the octopus that gave me the movie. I love how they can not only change their colors, but make bumps!
 If you have read more than one of my posts, you'll know I LOVE pencil urchins. 

And Picasso Trigger fishes. So colorful. 
 Pinktail Durgon. I love their colors. But if I had designed them, I would have probably continued the pink on the side fins too. But I will never second guess God.

And speaking of nice colors, this Saddle Back butterfly fish had a nice bit of sun on its face.
 Scarface Blenny. These guys, like  the Brighteye Chromis, are very quick and dart back into their holes if they feel threatened. In a better photo, you'd see they have a cool maroon color and patterns.

A really old shell in my collection. Sorry, I don't remember the type. I do remember how pretty it is! The hole in the middle was where the animal once lived. And I think the groove from the hole to the right was where the animal could push itself out.
And a great day would not be complete without the Snowflake Moray eel! This was one of two eels that I noted today: the second one was a huge brown moray, lurking in the rocks. So I couldn't catch a photo.

A very enjoyable day in the water! And tonight, we will go to Good Friday service and enjoy being with other Christians, celebrating Easter. Have a great weekend!

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