This is another photo diary meant to provide a brief respite from the stuggles of the day and as a reminder that we share this planet with all matter of amazing critters. These photos were taken this past weekend, including sunrise at Lanai Lookout at the eastern end of Oahu and during four dives on the west side of the island. I hope you enjoy your visit here.
I personally like this photo because I think it shows the octopus amazing camouflage ability. I was following this octo as it moved around and it slipped over the edge of the reef and then stuck its head up, colored just like the reef around it.
Wire Coral Goby (Bryaninops yongei)
These tiny fish live on this species of wire coral (Cirrhipathes anguina). The long coral gets them away from the reef wall where they can feed on plankon floating by.
Whitemouth Moray (Gymnothorax meleagris)
They look much fiercer than they are. They are great photographic subjects. Hawai'i has a relatively large number of eels and wrasses because both groups of fish have very long-lived planktonic stages that allowed them to reach this remote island group.
Marbled Shrimp (Saron marmoratus)
I have to say that this critter really blows my mind. I spotted this tiny shrimp while looking in an area where we previously found a pair of harlequin shrimp. I shot a few frames of what was obviously an interesting critter but when I pulled the image up from processing on the computer and saw the color and detail I was quite impressed. Even with magnifiers (like reading glasses) in my mask I don't see all that well underwater. This thing looks like it was designed in 1969 for a Dead concert. Wow.