Ooooo, Yummy Tube Worms for Breakfast

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I woke up feeling faintly queasy this morning. Maybe a little too much partying yesterday? Who knows; there are so many bugs here that you could get sick every day of your life with a different one – no repeats! I’ll play the trickster this morning and offer you a breakfast of Tube Worms, specifically, Sabellastarte sanctijosephi: Tube Worm (Sabellastarte sanctijosephi)I don’t know if it is named after St. Joseph (surely there is more than one St. Joseph – hmmm . . . seems there might be five  others) or some person whose surname was Saintjoseph.

Here’s another shot showing the beautiful double-bowl shape of these critters:

Tube Worm (Sabellastarte sanctijosephi)All of these images have excellent detail. Click to enlarge so that you can see the fine, featheryness of the ‘arms’.

Here is another example:

Tube Worm (Sabellastarte sanctijosephi)They are filter feeders, grabbing tasty bits from the water and conducting them down the pipe. In the shot above you can clearly see the tube in which the animal lives. Only the feathery feeding apparatus is exposed. If in the least disturbed, the feathers disappear into the tube faster than you can see.

Premnas biaculeatus,  the Spinecheek Anemonefish is getting to be a regular sight here:

Spinecheek Anemonefish (Premnas biaculeatus)That’s because I’m seeking to capture the definitive specimen shot of this beauty. My theory is that, if I take enough pictures of it, eventually I will have taken the most perfect image of it ever captured. This asssumes, of course, that I’m going to live long enough to manage that trick.

Okay, one more shot for today. This is another frame of a series of a ship coming in to Astrolabe Bay  in the morning sun. I showed you a gloomy image from the series yesterday. Here’s a slightly less gloomy shot:

Sunrise and ShipThe ship look so insignificant on the vast sea. That’s what I was going for in this shot. It’s welcomed safely into port by the rays of the morning sun.

Hmmm . . . waxing rather too poetic this morning.

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4 Responses to “Ooooo, Yummy Tube Worms for Breakfast”

  1. Steve Goodheart Says:

    Jan, as I said on Facebook, these tube worm images are fantastic! Ditto, the Spinecheek.

    Your last shoot is have an amazing presence to it….and your comment is none-too poetic for what one can feel in the composition. Of course, by now, you know what a sucker I am for altocumulus stratiformis — they make the best sunrises and sunsets of all the clouds in my opinion.

  2. Steve Goodheart Says:

    “Your last shoot is have?” Geez, it must be late here. Your last shot has an amazing presence to it….

    Also, just got the tube worms up on my desktop, and *damn* — the light and coloration and detail of these images on my iMac’s 24 inch screen is just jaw-droppingly beautiful. These tube worms are definitely going to be my wallpaper for a while.

  3. MadDog Says:

    I was a bit surprised at how much detail came through. If you want some hi-res shots let me know. I have them in 4000×3000 which will blow your mind.

  4. MadDog Says:

    This is a cloud-lover’s paradise.