Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Rain almost convinced me

When you wake up because the rain on the roof is so loud, it gives you pause about whether you should snorkel.

So, thinking that Poipu would also be raining, as we were having a flood watch, I wondered if it would be a waste of time to swim, since I knew the surf was still up and it was later than usual, so people would have had time to mess up the water. BUT, I was glad I went.

It relieved my almost itchy feeling that I would be missing something if I didn't go. And knowing full well that bad water would give the octopuses even more camouflage than they normally have, I was doubtful it would be worth the gas to drive down. I was wrong!

Below is octopus #1 (and only.) Once I saw it, I knew it was ok to get out. 

But not before I shot another photo of the dark color the octopus turned when I swooped down to get closer. 
If you look carefully, you can see the octo-eye about midway down on the brown blob. I know it's not a great photo, but wanted to demonstrate the color change. And it happens in a blink of an eye!

It amazes me how fast octopuses can change color. I do wish that they were a bit more friendly. Having said that, I have to remember that here in Hawaii people are rude enough to eat octopuses, so I  am grateful they have life preserving tendencies.
 Of course, the eel above would not turn down an octo-meal, so perhaps I should lighten up.

The juvenile Rock Mover Wrasse was flitting around also. They are skittish around big predators too.

There were only 50 photos taken today. Yeah, bad vis = not many photos. But here's the one with the Turban Shell and the operculum still in it! I did put it back down and it's probably still happily living in Poipu. But glad for the shot.
That is such a cool creation: it's like a protective door to keep predators out. Sometimes it works. And sometimes the crab gets in. But in any case, glad I went down to swim.

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