Well, it’s Christmas Day here. Most of the world will not catch up with us for a few hours. In the spirit of the season, I’ve prepared a modest, hastily constructed Christmas present for you. I honestly had something much more elaborate planned, but we all know how plans go this time of year. Just ask all of the people who are lined up for a plane or train. I’m quite happy to be “Home for Christmas” without moving a muscle.
So, to my readers, who have given me so much joy since I started Madang – Ples Bilong Mi only a little more than two years ago, here is my humble gift to you:
Here is a cute little “puppy dog” Blackspotted Puffer (Arothron nigropunctatus) being desperately persued by a Bluestreak Cleaner Wrasse (Labroides dimidiatus) looking for some fast food:The little cleaner wrasse is in its juvenile phase. It will be much less dramatic as an adult. They swim with a curious curling motion to advertise their services. It always reminds me of a fish dancing to Chubby Checkers singing “Come on Baby. Let’s Do the Twist.”
This Slender Grouper (Anyperodon leucogrammicus) is a very handsome fish, indeed. They are easily spooked, so you have to sneak up on them while holding your breath:After a minute or so, just as you are dying for good, deep breath, you might get a chance for a shot. I only managed one exposure of this fish. Fortunately, everything worked perfectly. It’s a good specimen shot.
Being right in the middle of nudibranch heaven, it’s not surprising that I run across cute little eye candies such as this on a regular basis.It has the less-than-endearing name of Phyllidiella pustulosa. Just play with that one for a while. You’ll find it just as revolting as I do.
I am so easily amused. It comes of having a simple mind.Tags: anyperodon leucogrammicus, arothron nigropunctatus, blackspotted puffer, christmas tree worm, nudibranch, phyllidiella pustulosa, slender grouper, Spirobranchus giganteus, water drops