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The picture below was taken off of Viti Levu (Fiji). Trip members cannot decide if there is a critter in the photo or not. Does anyone see an animal in the picture?

 

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Edited by rahuck

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Ummm... the picture is so small it's impossible to make anything out of it :)

Try to post it again with a bigger size.

 

Cheers

Karel

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Does anyone see an animal in the picture?

The feathery things are Hydroids, and the out of focus brown bit in the upper right corner is the Coral, Pocillopora, both of which are animals.

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That's a type of brown algae called Dictyota. Many species in the same family Dictyotales have this type of blue iridescence. Once the angle of the light changes or the algae is taken out of water the iridescence vanishes, allowing the typical yellowish-brown color to show. Here's an example from the Caribbean - Dictyota humifusa - http://www.stri.org/english/about_stri/med..._66115-situ.jpg

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Yep, it's Dictyota - but in a classic nudibranch shape :-)

 

Cheers

James

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