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About seannash

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  • Birthday 01/13/1969

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    http://www.stjoeh2o.org
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    St. Joseph, Missouri
  • Interests
    -biology & marine biology education <br /><br />-i teach honors marine biology, honors zoology, honors botany and general biology in a high school of 900 students in Missouri<br /><br />-i love bringing the magic of the coral reef to high school students in the middle of the continent (and vice-versa)<br /><br />-protection of acroporid corals <br />(http://www.biologicaldiversity.org/swcbd/species/coral/petition.pdf)<br /><br />-photography

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  • Camera Model & Brand
    the almighty Sony DSC-P93 heh.
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    cheaposony
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    the giant orb we call the sun, oh and... the cute little one on the cam itself
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    i swomewhat know what to look for... but technically, i am a complete poser
  1. a student of mine photographed a lionfish in the exuma cays (wax cay cut) this past july on a sail trip. she had been to andros and the berry is. previously. i couldn't make the trip due to a neck surgery. she came back talking about this fish she photographed and was calling it a scorpionfish. i about dies when i first saw the images. they are so very close and clear. (i will send them as soon as i get back to school on monday) then of course, she was quite excited when i informed her of the toxicity of these little guys. her photographs we quite close with a sony digital camera in what it likely less than fifteen feet of water on a patch reef. Sean P. Nash Biology Instructor/ Instructional Coach Benton High School 5655 South Fourth Street Saint Joseph, Missouri 64504 e-mail- nashworld@gmail.com email- sean.nash@sjsd.k12.mo.us www.stjoeh2o.org www.nashbiology.com www.cardinalwrestling.org
  2. now THAT i can believe....... the first thing i thought of was molluscan egg mass. but MY that is a big one. what squid do you suppose this could be from? that is certainly one REALLY large mass and i kick myself for that sighting happening on a quick honeymoon snorkel trip (without any real way to take a sample) as opposed to one of our typical trips to Andros. with 6000ft. right off the other side of the reef there... who knows what we might find. anyone see the oarfish video shot a couple of years back by brian kakuk?
  3. I did just that....... I will keep you posted. ;-) Thanks Leslie, Sean
  4. yeah..... the more i look up the whole pyrosoma, colonial tunicate thing the less i think it fits. these things were REALLY loose "strings" of what looked to me to be pearlescent eggs of some sort. back on the boat all i could think about was if it were an invert egg mass... how BIG of an invert would we be talking about? very interesting idea. see, the thing is... when you look up close at these little jellylike strands than contain the little magenta *spheres*... remember that when hit with a current of water from my hand... they would part. yes, part. they would spread open to the open water about one to four inches and then come back together. at first i felt as if the slightest current would tear the thing to shreds. then, after playing with it, i realized it could take quite a bit of abuse and still come back together. i guess it would have to in order to have a prayer of surviving intact for any time at all in the open ocean. i sure wish i had a real camera so i could relay this find a little better to you guys. in due time, in due time. ;-)
  5. responses MUCH appreciated... however, this thing is whisper-thin. i spent about twenty minutes swimming around it... moving my hand rapidly to hit it with a current of water and it would almost come apart. then, the little "strands" of magenta-colored pearls would return to their tube-like shape. i did some searching for that type of colonial tunicatre and i DID find something that someone *thinks* looks "like a pyrosoma", but is much larger. there are pics HERE that look very similar: http://www.divebums.com/FishID/Pages/pyrosoma_big.html video of it is here: http://divefilm.com/dive_films/indexC.html . this actually appears about halfway through the video. i will try to attach a little clip of the detail of this thing. when looking close up, it just looks more like an egg mass. please e-mail me if you would like this full image or a link to where they are. or... if you know someone i should show these to. is it possible that there is some other life stage of a tunicate colony like this that might look more... like these images? swimming with this reminded me of the oarfish video brian kakuk shot a couple of years ago in the tongue of the ocean off andros island. *still very odd to me*
  6. ok guys.... help me out on this one. i am brand new to this board. this is the second time here. on my fifteenth trip to Andros Island, i found this thing. it is pretty obviously a pelagic egg mass of some type, but... ? it was quite a beautiful sight really. my guess is that it floated in over the reef from the Tongue of the Ocean (6000ft.) just on the other side of the reef. we were snorkeling in about ten to fifteen feet of water over a series of three large blue holes known locally as "The Caverns". this is just north of South Bight and just East of Mangrove Cay on Andros Island, Bahamas. sorry about the one image. i have about ten and all are over 2500 pixels. i just realized i couldn't post larger (more pics just uploaded to album). please contact me and i will get much better pics to you. sean nash nashworld@gmail.com
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