Lionfish first impression was quite scary to me, but the more I see them, almost in my every dive, the more beautiful they look to me. The thorny fins looks like a beautiful scarf surrounding their bodies and it makes them look like a dancer. By far I saw the red, black and brown one in many size, never seen the white one yet. Lion fish can grow to approximately 12-15 inches in length, normal one, however they have been noted to be larger in several areas.
FYI, this beautiful fish are venomous, the pectoral fins are long and showy, and with a row of long, dorsal spines that contains a venom gland in the distal third of the spine (but not at the tip). Lionfish venom causes painful sting. So be careful, you might want watch your distance whenever you see one.
But it’s not that hard to take their pictures because they not really a fast swimmer, well, not those I was encounter with tho..
Honestly, I am too lazy to write about Crinoid, BUT! wait…. don’t leave the page just yet… I found a really nice explanation from http://www.divegallery.com/crinoids.htm about crinoids, and you can go to that link to see other type of crinoid… however, I will just copy and paste some explanation here… My sole intention is to put my photos’ of crinoid shrimp after the explanation… hehehehe….
Crinoids, also known as “feather stars” or comatulids are harmless, colorful creatures. They are among the most ancient and primitive of ocean invertebrates. Crinoids are Echinoderms (members of the Phylum Echinodermata, meaning “spiny skin”). To feed, they extend their arms to catch bits of plankton or detritus (waste matter) passing in the current, making them “suspension feeders”. Tiny fingerlike tube feet that line the featherlike arms flick passing bits of plankton into special food gutters that run along the center of each arm; microscopic cilia carry the food along the gutter floors to the mouth. The number of arms a Crinoid has varies widely between species; some may have as many as 200, each up to almost 14 inches in length. Crinoids are distinguished from other echinoderms by the fact that their mouth is pointed upward, unlike their starfish cousins. There are nearly 550 species of comatulid crinoids worldwide. Strictly speaking the creatures featured here are comatulids, members of the Class Crinoidea, along with sea lilies (similar to comatulids but with long stalks). Collectively, comatulid crinoids and sea lilies are referred to as crinoids, since they are both members of the Class Crinoidea.
Crinoids are usually admired by divers for their bright colors, but few pause to look closely enough to see they are host to a number of tiny commensal animals, such as shrimp, clingfish, and squat lobsters. The ability of these creatures to master the art of disguise is amazing.
In my last few dives, I found those tiny animal that live inside crinoid… amazing amazing colors.. here’s their pictures.
One of the things that makes me really fall in love with the underwater world is the shape and appearance of the underwater creatures. I often laugh hard, almost suffocated, during diving, just by seeing those creature’s face (or sort of like face). Who says fish do not have facial expression? look at them closely, they are so cute! or… even they look weird, they are still look cute to me… 😀
One of them is Frogfish. I mean, God, seriously? hahahaha … now, I met these 4 Frogfish on my trip to Menado. The black one at Bunaken, the 2 giant white one or not-so-white and the yellow one at Lembeh.
If you love Nudbranch, I suggest you to go to this page http://www.nudipixel.net because they can give you a very very detail information about Nudi. I think by far they have the most complete collections based on genus where you can identify your Nudi, plus you can search based on location. AWESOME!
So, this is my second batch of Nudi photo collections. Basically for my remembrance so one day I can say “Yo, grandkids, granny took picture of Nudi, whatcha doin with your youth eh?”
Up to this moment, I really love my life. There were times I hate it, I won’t be denial about it, but in general, I must be honest with myself, that my life is awesome for me. Funny thing is, nothing happened as I planned and imagined. Everything has deviated into something more extraordinary, more beautiful, more insane than I can possibly imagine. For that, I am very grateful. I live what I love. Do you?
So here’s my first collections of underwater photo, model: Nudibranch. Hoping so much I can see more of them in many other colors in the future. After several dive it’s getting easier to spot them down there. But I still think the hardest part is to make sure we got the perfect angle that include the size and shape, the color and the other details. These Nudis (without “t”) I found in Tulamben, Bali. Aren’t they cute? 🙂