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Bud Barr

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  1. Anybody know what produces these kind of eggs? Cozumel, August, 20 feet, Sand w/ sea grasses & algae Eggs attaches to algae Depth of egg casings around 1/2 inch by maybe 3-4 inches across Individual casings appear to contain tiny round eggs Overall appearance is similar to a wasp nest Thanks, Bud Barr
  2. My wife and I were diving in Bonaire in January and we kept finding these spider web looking structures in coral heads. They were quite common as we saw them on almost every dive both day and night. The web seems very strong and must be somewhat sticky as I saw a squat anemone shrimp stuck in one. The Things Web by Bud Barr, on Flickr The Things Web1 by Bud Barr, on Flickr After what seemed like endless searching, we finally got a look at what is down there. The Thing by Bud Barr, on Flickr The Thing2 by Bud Barr, on Flickr The Thing5 by Bud Barr, on Flickr The Thing12 by Bud Barr, on Flickr The Thing14 by Bud Barr, on Flickr Over 3 weeks, we saw a creature in 5 separate webs all during the day. The ones I took pictures of did not seem to be bothered by our flashlights or my strobes. One of them, after about 10 minutes of observation, backed down the web a little ways and then turned head down and went deeper into the coral head. We watched it's segmented body go by for what seemed like forever so it was quite long. Soon after, it's head came part way up through a different web in the same coral head. We are guessing "The Thing", but we haven't seen this web building behavior documented anywhere so I thought someone out there might be able to shed some light on it. Thanks, Bud
  3. Been sitting on this gear for too long. Hope someone can make some good use of it. Canon 20D, all original accessories, very little use, like new - $300 Ikelite Canon 20D housing with TTL, never flooded, works great, very good condition - $700 Both for $900 Spare Ikelite Canon 20D TTL circuit board - $100 Ikelite WA port # 5503.50 with neoprene cover, for Canon 10-22mm and other lenses, no scratches on lens Ikelite 8" dome port #5510.45 with shade and neoprene cover, like new, no scratches - $295 Ikelite Modular port body # 5510.24 - $90 2 ULCS 5" arms - $50 2 ULCS 8" arms - $50 2 ULCS 8" buoyancy arms - $70 An oldie but still a highly rated P&S Olympus 5050, all original accessories, like new - $125 Ikelite Oly 5050 housing with TTL, double handle tray, never flooded, works great, very good condition - $225 Both for $300 Please PM me with any questions or offers: bbarr AT rdspos DOT com More details and/or pictures on request. Payment by Paypal only Bud
  4. Once again, thanks Leslie! Bud
  5. Dominica, 20-40 feet, sand, turtle grass Color variations of the same anemone? Are these turtle grass anemones? Thanks, Bud
  6. Should I just say "ditto? Dominica, 20-40 feet, sand, turtle grass, numerous sightings Sorry if this is just a turtle grass anemone. I've found lots of pictures of turtle grass anemones but you can only see tentacles, not the body. This one look familiar? Thanks, Bud
  7. Thanks to all.... I'm almost certain it's not an orange ball corallimorph. This area had lots of those so we got to see them at night, and those that were not completely hidden, during the day as well. They are pretty distinctive and look nothing like this creature. This may have to remain a mystery. Bud
  8. Dominica, 15 feet, boulders: Never saw any tentacles, even at night, but height, shape and size did change from day to day. The mouth is clearly visible in the third picture and the blue coloration also came and went. Thanks, Bud
  9. Leslie, That is too bad. When I first spotted it, it was being dive bombed by some razor fish. At one point is was up in the water column swimming like crazy but not going anywhere. I chased off the fish and when it began burrowing in the sand I thought all was well. Are these worms able to regenerate their missing parts? Bud
  10. At 25 feet, sand, turtle grass. This thing was flat, like a pancake, and attached to a shell that had been taken over by a hermit crab. It seemed to have a center opening or mouth (which I don't have a good picture of but can get one if needed) and some reddish bumps around the outer edge. Upon further "inspection", these pink, thread like, tentacles started extending from the bumps.. Any ideas? Thanks, Bud
  11. Again, from Dominica, 25 feet, sand, turtle grass. I know the pictures don't show that well because he so closely resembled the sand but, he ignored my invitation to take a ride on my white balance card. I thought the 6 "horns" or "prongs" on this little guy were interesting. There were lots of furry sea cucumbers in the area, some pretty small, but nothing around that looked like this. Thanks, Bud
  12. Found at 15 feet on a mooring rope (gotta do something for 3 minutes, right?) This was about 3-4 inches long. Sorry, not the best picture, too many things moving. Thanks, Bud
  13. At 25 feet, sand, heavy turtle grass: Thanks, Bud
  14. Wow! Have you been told lately how valuable you are to this forum??? Thanks for clearing it up.
  15. Matt, Did you take a look at my last reply on the post titled Dominica Unknown "Slug" After looking at the link provided by Leslie, I'm pretty sure the picture I posted there is the spoon worm. It was certainly in closer proximity to the proboscis and has more of a "spoon worm physique".. Bud
  16. Anythings possible but it didn't seem to have the right "texture". At least not like the sea cucumbers I'm familiar with. Thanks for the reply Luiz. Bud
  17. Looks right to me. Thanks again. Bud
  18. Thanks Jim. I have that book and should have found it myself! Must be getting old... BTW, you have a VERY impressive website there. Nice work! Bud
  19. At 25 feet, sand, turtle grass: Approx. 5 inches long, couldn't distinguish one end from the other. This was somewhat of a strange encounter. There was a small eel that seemed to be in a hurry to bury itself in the sand (tail first), when I swam over to take a closer look, this thing was right where the eel disappeared. I thought maybe the eel disrupted or dislodged it. It very quickly burrowed under the sand itself. Thanks, Bud
  20. Leslie, after following your link, I believe you solved an additional mystery for me. This was found the next day within 40-50 yards of where the proboscis was found: I assume this is the "rest of the story"... Bud
  21. Thanks Jim, boy, you guys are too good!
  22. Wow! Thanks Leslie, I wouldn't have ever found that one!!
  23. Thanks Jim! I check it out. I probably should have mentioned in my OP that this thing was very small, 1/4 to 3/8 inch long. Bud
  24. I won't assume this is a nudibranch..... At 20 feet, sand, scattered turtle grass, this thing at first didn't seem alive. It just sort of rolled and drifted with the current. But after watching awhile it would bend and stretch but still didn't seem to have any real purpose in mind. One obvious trait was a sensitivity to light. When we shined a flashlight on it, it would quickly (relative term) react. Thanks, Bud
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