Monday, June 29, 2009

A dive east of Cane Bay

.This is looking west, just before I descended. I'm not really that far from shore, I got in over to the left of this scene. But that's the whole beach at Cane Bay. A bit smaller than the huge continental beaches of the east and west coasts of the USA!

A fishing pack of fish. The Goatfish nuzzle in the sand, looking for whatever is there, crabs and worms and whatnot. The Bar Jack and the larger Yellowtail Snapper tag along to grab what the Goatfish stir up.

Aha, one of the larger Gorgonians. Little ones of different kinds at the bottom. Funny name, hey? Let's get closer...

That stuff doesn't look like leaves, does it? A closer inspection is due here.

Aha, Polyps! They're so cute! And fragile! Little animals waving their tentacles in the water, trying to catch some speck of food floating by. When one does catch something to eat, the food is shared amongst it's neighbors, as they share all 'bodily fluids', being connected together, not separated by birth.

They grow by budding, a new little polyp starts at the base of a mature polyp near the end of the--- limb? I don't know the name for a branch. Maybe branch. A very slow way to grow, compared to Kudzu vine, or some other plant that can go an inch a day, or more.

Here's a teaser for tomorrow's post. Can you count the number of different kinds of animals, and plants, in this photo?
Stay tuned! See ya tomorrow! Thanks for stopping by!


  1. Your quiz tain't fair. You got the marine biology books, we don't. Hoever I will guess that there are 11 different plants/animals.