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Sat, March 24, 2007

Solomons 2006 Favorite of the Day, March 24, 2007    [ Diving,Photography,Travel ]

This little guy has been popular on Stumbleupon lately. He’s one of my favorites too. He’s a juvenile boxfish, which looks like a small, squarish bright yellow balloon with black spots and teeny tiny propeller fins.

Juvenile boxfish

13:38:50

Sun, March 18, 2007

It’s a marvelous night for a moondance..    [ Diving,Photography,Travel ]

Hmmm, I think I might have messed up last week’s favorite of the day, and not made it public! It’s corrected now.

And now, for the Solomons 2006 Favorite of the Day, March 18, 2007:

This nudibranch (Nembrotha kubaryana) is trekking across what looks like moonscape. In reality, it’s a lovely lavender colored sponge, and I spotted him (her? it?) on a very current swept dive at the fabulous Solomons dive site called Velvia (aka Babycakes Reef in Newbert-speak). In fact, I got just this one mediocre shot of the nudi, before the current peeled it off the sponge and up into the water column, exposing its soft bluish underwear. Of course, it landed in a crevice with no worthwhile negative space and an awful angle. Ah well :).. At least I have this one shot of the nudi doing a moondance..

Nembrotha kubaryana

18:39:26

Sat, March 10, 2007

Solomons 2006 Favorite of the Day, March 10, 2007    [ Diving,Photography,Travel ]

A funny little crab with a funny name, that’s the orangutan crab. And they do look like primates. These little crabs mostly live in bubble corals or mushroom corals, though I have seen them in other kinds or corals as well. They are a decorator crab, and gather red algae to embellish their skinny little appendages, which then looks like primate fur. This one is sitting in a mushroom coral.

orangutan crab

12:10:03

Sat, March 03, 2007

Solomons 2006 Favorite of the Day, March 3, 2007    [ Diving,Photography,Travel ]

I’ve always had great fun photographing the various anemonefish in the Solomons. I have seen Clowns (Percula), Pinks, Clarks, Orangefins, Red and Blacks, White Bonnets, Pandas, Oranges and Spinecheeks there (using imprecise common names). Among my favorites are the spinecheeks. Spinecheeks usually dwell in bubble tip anemones, also a favorite. Normally there is a pair, with a larger female and a smaller male, and there may be some juveniles present as well. This photo is of a male spinecheek in a bubble tip anemone. If you look closely, you can see the tiny spines coming out from his cheeks, one on each side.

Spinecheek anemonefish

14:42:54

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