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ellenm

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  1. This might explain what is happening in your first photo. http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs00338-009-0571-z I came across something last night on a dive in Bonaire and remembered this thread. Similar to the last photo you posted. Did you ever get any more info? Bonaire, Caribbean Netherlands. June 30th 2016, 7:35 pm, Water Temp 81F , Depth 38 ft.
  2. Thanks for the kudos, Leslie . The first black and white one I found was on the same sponge two nights in a row. All the others that I have seen were spawning in the water column and attracted to my dive light. They are amazing looking little worms!
  3. They were swarming in Bonaire last week, as well! http://www.pbase.com/imagine/seahares
  4. Thanks for all the comments, everyone! To give another idea of the size.... And the transparent spots...
  5. As some of you may know, there was a new species of Trapania nudibranch discovered on Bonaire last year. This year I have found a few more of them and every one or two weeks I go for a dive to check up on them. On one afternoon I arrived at the sponge where the Trapania reside and saw a bright orange speck on the sponge which I immediately thought bore a very strong resemblance to a frogfish..I thought to myself, it can't be! I took out my magnifying glass and sure enough it was the tiniest frogfish I've ever seen! This was one time that I wished I had a buddy with me to hold up something next to it for scale..it was so unbelievably small!! I took some photos knowing that there was no way I could properly convey the size except for the one or two divers that might know how incredibly small (microscopic!) the kamptozoans or entoprocts are that cover this sponge and are the food of the Trapania nudibranchs. Here is a shot of the baby frogfish surrounded by kamptozoans (clear blobs with black dots in the center). Notice some of the spots on the frogfish's tail and dorsal fin are transparent!.. All right, I know some of you are now thinking...Okay, Ellen, a baby frogfish. We've seen shots of those before...yawn, yawn...how boring!...but wait, there is more! .. I swam off to explore other parts of the reef and on my way back I stopped by the sponge again. I can imagine the frogfish thinking... there is that pesky photographer again... and it started moving...and moving...and moving...until it was right next to the Trapania. It proceeded to slip under the branchial plumes of the nudibranch (an excellent hiding place!) before I got any good shots of it. I thought to myself ...how very cool! I swam around to another vantage point to get a few parting shots of the Trapania. They were in a difficult spot to photograph..I had to twist myself into an uncomfortable position and try to hold my light while also holding the camera upside down. From underneath the Trapania the frogfish peeks out! It then proceeds to pose next to the Trapania...I am in awe!! I took several shots, all the while totally amazed at the scene and hoping that at least one of these shots turns out so that I could share how totally incredible this moment was!! FYI, the length of the Trapania is one inch!
  6. Hi Carol, I hadn't commented before because I have no real insight as to what your two frogfish might be up to. Were you able to confirm with James Wiseman or Sarah that your frogfish were the same pair that they had photographed months before? Teresa Zuberbühler has photos and video of an Antennarius pictus with an Antennarius maculatus and observed "mating like" behavior between the two but she also speculates that the A. pictus may have been waiting for the release of the eggs from the A. maculatus in order to eat them. http://www.starfish.ch/frogfish/frogfish-r...ion.html#mating I guess until someone documents two different species in the act, we won't know for sure. Maybe you will find out from your experts that it has been confirmed, already. Re: your quotes from the Ned DeLoach Reef Fish Behavior Book... At the time that the book was written, Ned DeLoach mentions "Spawning in the wild has not been documented". As you know, this is no longer true and frogfish spawning in the wild has been documented on video and in photos. We are continuously increasing our knowledge of the habits of underwater creatures and the possibility of being able to document new and unusual behaviors is what makes diving so enjoyable for many of us. I will disagree with the statement that the male frogfish only sticks around for a few days. I have observed dozens of mating pairs of A. multiocellatus and have seen males staying near the females for months (many as long as 6-9 months). The males are usually much shyer, better camouflaged, and so much smaller than the females that they will often go unseen. I have seen several females that sandwiched the male between themselves and the sponge or coral and the only time that the male would be seen was if she moved! I have also observed the males go underneath a coral head or wedge themselves deep into the crevices of sponges making them impossible to spot! When the female is swollen with eggs the male will often become braver and that is usually when they will be spotted side by side. Consequently, I have heard many dive masters report that the males have gone away from the female but in reality they have just gone back into super hiding mode B) and are still very close by. All of my observations are of Antennarius multiocellatus and I won't presume that behavior with other frogfish species will necessarily be the same.
  7. I took Luiz's approach and chose this image for the difficulty of capturing it. I had seen this behavior many times before but with the lag time on the Olympus 5050 I had never been able to get a shot of this Shortnose Batfish with it's mouth fully extended. Needless to say, I was very happy to get this one....... June 20th 2005 Bonaire, Netherlands Antilles Olympus C5050Z, PT-015
  8. http://tolweb.org/tree?group=Thysanoteuthis_rhombus :-)
  9. Giles, there is a photo on page 209 of Humann's 2nd Edition Reef Creature ID Book for Florida, Caribbean, Bahamas.
  10. Nodose Rubble Crab. Paractaea rufopunctata.
  11. It looks like a whelk egg case. http://www.naturalsciences.org/funstuff/no...lk_eggcase.html
  12. Hi Joe, this may be a silly question but are you half pressing the shutter button to lock in the focus before you shoot? I have a P9, too, and experience many of the same problems you do but I am getting the best results with the camera in macro mode, forced flash, flash level LOW and + 1 in camera sharpening. I also experience the "burnout" that you describe mainly with fish and other creatures that are mostly white. I haven't figured out how to work around this yet other than getting further away from the subject, 1 foot away is usually enough if you have the flash level turned to low. Oh, and get rid of the filter. A friend of mine bought one for her P1 and her shots with the filter turned out horribly! I have a few sample shots from night dives with the P9 here..... http://www.pbase.com/imagine/p9nightdives
  13. Eye popping work, as usual, Eric! That's Orange Ball Corallimorph (2 l's), Laz. Lots of them here in Bonaire :-)
  14. Beautiful shots, Laz. You just keep getting better and better!
  15. Ooops, didn't realize that I wasn't logged in, but that last post was from me, David! Ellen
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