Monday, March 24, 2008

The Bubble Shell I Never Saw

On my dive at Lau Lau bay yesterday I was heading out on the rope and I saw that little elongated seahorse looking thing so I decided to take a couple pictures of him. He was less than 2" long and about a quarter as thick as a pencil, so he was pretty small, but I managed to get a couple good pictures of him. I was shocked when I got home and downloaded the pictures onto the computer to discover the little bubble shell right next to him on the rock. I never saw it with my naked eye, I'm guessing it had to be less than 1/8th of an inch long, so pretty tiny. I have seen this one in books before and have always admired it's amazing looking mantle, but this is the first time that I have ever gotten a picture of one. It just goes to show that there is so much more down there than I ever see. I'm going to have to start looking at my pictures much more carefully I can see. Here is a little closer view of this amazing little bubble shell, I'll have to look the name up for you later.


Anonymous said...

The "elongated seahorse" is a pipefish. These are very common in the lagoon and beautiful creatures. Cool shell! :)

Bruce A. Bateman said...

I see those 'pipefish' regularly around the Pau Pau beach reefline while snorkeling.