I Find a New Fish

Posted in Under the Sea on January 11th, 2009 by MadDog
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As you can see from the photos lately, I’m having some trouble with my new WordPress site. I liked the way the old one worked – the photos were full size and centred. Hopefully when my web magic man gets finished, the images will look the way they did. Otherwise, I’m pretty happy with the way it’s working.

If anybody in North America or Europe notices that the site loads faster, please leave a comment to let me know.

After about 2,000 dives within about twenty minutes of my house, you’d expect that there is not much out there that I haven’t seen before. However, yesterday, on our regular Saturday dive, we went to Barracuda Point and I got a photo of an Anemonefish that I have not seen before.

Here is a White-Bonnet Anemonefish (Amphiprion leucokranos):

White-Bonnet anemonefish - Amphiprion-leucokranos

It’s not particularly stunning, compared to the colours of many other Anemonefish species, but it’s interesting to me, since I’ve never seen one before.

A fish species that I’ve seen many times before are these two large Angelfish. I don’t have my fish book here at the office, so I can’t be sure, but I think it’s called the Regal Angelfish.  UPDATE:  They are the Six-banded Angelfish (Pomacanthus sexstriatus). They are usually very skittish and difficult to photograph – you simply can’t get close enough:

Angelfish

The prize image of the day is this snap of a Clown Triggerfish (Balistoides conspicillum):

Clown Triggerfish (Balistoides conspicillum)

They are usually found rather deep and are extremely shy. The one above was keeping just out of range of my camera when suddenly he decided he wanted to go the other direction. As he hurried past me I panned the camera and snapped blind. I didn’t even know If I’d gotten an image at all until I loaded it onto my computer.

A more mundane image is this little huddling of tunicates. My brain is a little funny today, so it makes me think of a small hamlet of huts in a alien landscape:

Tunicate Town

Who or what lives in them? Are the big ones on the rich side of town? Aliens seem to be a lot on my mind lately. I wonder if that means anything? Maybe I’m going senile.

I like the fractal-like pattern in this colourful image of plate coral:

Plate Coral

I haven’t mentioned it before, but the images that you get when you click to enlarge are usually 1280 x 960 pixels. That’s just about perfect for a screensaver or desktop background. If any of my images strike your fancy, please feel free to use them for your own personal computer. The terms of my copyright allow that sort of personal use without notification or attribution. If you pass something along to a friend, please include the address of Madang – Ples Bilong Mi, so I can have the chance of picking up another reader.

I took these two sky shots yesterday just because I was looking for a new desktop background:

Blue Sky

More sky

I’m using one of them at my office now.

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