Thursday, June 26, 2008

Pictures From Recent Dives

Being Wing Beach season right now means I've been spending an awful lot of time with an assortment of lionfish, firefish, scorpionfish, turkeyfish and stonefish. I realize that they hang out at other spots around the island as well, but none in the concentrations that you will find them at Wing Beach. It is not at all unusual lately to have up to 10 of them all out in the open swimming in the cut, that's a bunch of lionfish to keep an eye on at one time.At the end of the crevasse at Wing Beach is a rock outcropping that juts out into the water. The top of it is covered with various colors of crinoids, and the bottom of it is covered with this tiny, intricate purple lace coral. It makes for quite a picture when you get a crinoid perched in the middle of the purple lace coral. I can just totally lose track of time out there some days just studying all the beauty in one tiny area.Taking pictures of the Plerogyra sinuosa colonies, or bubble coral is another of my favorite subjects. These colonies are just so unique, beautiful, detailed and uncommon that it makes them very appealing. As with most things out here, you need to be very careful when taking pictures of it, because it can sting you, and the sting packs quite a punch. Don't ask me how I know that, just take my word for it.And one of my favorite things about Wing Beach has always been the octopus that hang out there. You have to look very carefully because they are well hidden. Octopus can change the color of their skin and can even change the texture of it to blend in with their surroundings. They are usually very shy and very curious, which makes for an interesting combination. When you find one hiding in a hole, you can put your hand in front of the hole with your fingers extended and after a couple minutes it will usually send out a tentacle or two to check you out. You will feel them grab onto your fingers and try to pull you into the hole with them. This can be a rather freaky sensation to those that may not be used to the feeling, but it's harmless. They are actually tasting you with their suction cups, trying to decide whether you'd make a good meal or not.This tiny little radial firefish was hiding in a hole next to a trochus shell. It's almost always worth taking the time to look in all the little tiny holes and cavities in the rocks, you'll be amazed at the diversity of life you'll find in them. You might see candy cane shrimp, baby eels, or little firefish like this guy. I've been so busy taking other people out diving lately that I really haven't had time for a dive to just concentrate on my underwater photography. I'm thinking this weekend I'm going to have to get in a couple 2-3 hour dives where I'm not responsible for anyone or anything other than my camera. Those are the dives when I really come up with some interesting things and pictures. I hope you enjoyed this collection of assorted shots from my Wing Beach dives last weekend.


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