Underwater Miscellanea – Yet Again

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I’m working like a dog today, the day after American Thanksgiving to get a new calendar put together, hopefully to make a few bucks selling it. Before I go back to the Publishing Department to use their equipment, let me show you a few of the less ordinary images from my library. I don’t have a theme today. My mind is more or less blank. That seems to be happening a lot lately.

This is a spooky image of the interior of The Henry Leith,  a 34 metre cargo ship that was scuttled off Wongat Island  for an artificial reef and dive attraction:Interior of The Henry Leigh near Wongat Island

Creepy, eh? The image seemed to be more interesting in monochrome. Simon and Garfunkel were wrong. Not everything  looks worse in black and white.

This lump-of-coal thingie is an Egg Cowrie (Ovula ovum).  It’s quite rare to see them. They always seem to favour this Leather Coral (Sarcophyton sp.)  as a resting place:Egg Cowrie - Ovula ovum

They make horrible photographic subjects. The mantle is as black as the inside of a witch’s psyche. I’ve often wondered if it looks different to fish. Maybe it reflects some portion of the light spectrum that our eyes can’t see. You can barely see some of the snow white shell peeking through the seam where the two halves of the mantle meet.

This, I think, is a very juvenile specimen of the coral Heliofungia actiniformis:Coral - Heliofungia actiniformis ?I put it in here because, to us divers, it is a cute little baby thing. We bubble stupid stuff to each other like, “Awwww, look at the sweet little baby Heliofungia actiniformis.  Coochie coochie coo.”

It’s true.

Speaking of babies, these will grow up to have very big teeth, indeed:

Barracuda [juvenile] species unknownThey are juvenile barracuda. I don’t know what species. It’s interesting that the juvenile form here looks like a perfectly miniaturised copy of the adult.

Okay, back to work on the calendar.

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6 Responses to “Underwater Miscellanea – Yet Again”

  1. Steven Goodheart Says:

    Thanks for taking a break to share with you.

    Love dem baby barracudas! Like you, I was struck by how the juvenile looks like a miniature of the adult…there’s a scientifc name for that..which escapes me right now.

  2. Steven Goodheart Says:

    Jeez, I must be tired……thanks for taking the time to share with US. 🙂

    Now, I’m bugged about that term….”neoteny” means that the juvenile characteristics are retained in the adult…but, I don’t think that’s right here…the adult ‘cuda aren’t retaining juvenile features….both look the same….argh, what *is* that term…….

  3. MadDog Says:

    I know what you mean. I sometimes can’t even remember what I forgot. No, that doesn’t make sense. I can’t remember if I once knew something and then forgot it or I never knew it at all.

  4. MadDog Says:

    No, neoteny isn’t the right word. Keep trying. You are saving me the time of looking it up for myself.

  5. Steve Goodheart Says:

    “Keep trying. You are saving me the time of looking it up for myself.”

    🙂

    Hah! I’ll have my Google Doppelganger keep working on it!

  6. MadDog Says:

    So wise . . .