Monday, May 28, 2018

A sad day for this eel

This poor eel had its tail bitten clean off! And sadly, it was still gasping for breath. I couldn't do anything, as I had no clue about what to do. And since the business end was still working, I didn't want to freak it out and have it bite me.  I'm sure some fish or other eel will finish the job. It was sad though. 

I wondered, too, what this photo was about, when i looked at it at home. If you look closely to the right of the coral head, you'll see a tiny 3 spot damsel spot is turquoise. So cute.
 This Brighteye Chromis hid in a hole after it saw me. I guess if you're that tiny, you are naturally afraid of something as big and black (dive skin) as I am.
 Pretty clouds and palm trees.
 God was up to something very pretty.

Bluefin Trevally hunting with goat fish.
 I guessed that this small Cone Shell was still alive, so I didn't touch it. Pretty patterns. Bad venom.

Cowry shell, hiding in a hole on top of some rocks.
 This eel was alive and well and apparently, rather cranky.
 I took this photo because I love the Abudefduf fish. But I noticed too how similar it is to the convict tang: they both have stripes; both have a dot near their tail (probably a false eye to distract predators). They obviously also hang out in the surge-y zone near the rocky partition between Kiddie Pond and the deep end..
 I had to make this photo super big so you could see the goby....cute. And not afraid of me, either.
 Yay, an octopus. It didn't do much but just sat there, letting me take its photo. I was very glad and thankful to have seen it, however, as I was skunked last time I was in the water.

This Hermit Crab had appropriated a shell. They often do that.
 Juveniles: barred file fish above and bird wrasse below. I do not often see the bird wrasses here, so it was a nice surprise.
 As was this juvenile Rock Mover Wrasse! I love the green version. I enjoy the patterns and the "I'm just a bit of seaweed, pay no attention to me" attitude.

Nice Leaf Fish.

 Male box fish. 
 Pencil urchin

Pinktail Durgon.
 Snowflake Moray. Those yellow nostrils are just too cute.
 You can just see the rainbow in the clouds and the surfer beneath.

Apparently, today was eel day. This was a nice white mouth moray.
It felt great to get in the water. And when I first arrived, there were 3 seals cavorting and barking in the deep side, so I wondered if I should go in. But they moved on down the beach, so I didn't hesitate.

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