I always meet many other diver and one thing i have noticed is that only few of us are really good of recognising marine animals . Those creatures that live in the sea ..
Im one of those divers . Recently a friend showed me this amazing photo .. It was a great shot - i straight said - " What an amazing shot of decorator crab ... "
He corrected me .. " Its a spider crab ... "
I was surprised , It looked almost the same as decorator crab ..
So this lack of knowledge inspired my next post .. I got about 40 pictures of strange creatures from Wilson (underwater photographer ) and did little research on them to find out what are they .. And some strange facts ...
Scorpion fish: Many new divers don`t even know that this creature exist . When you dive you don`t normally see it and if no one tells you you don`t find out until someone points it out in some random dive . Since then you will always check the ground and stones before ever touching it again . This fish is a master of hiding . Sometimes you spot it , turn away to show it to someone , try to spot it again and NADA . Don`t see it any more .And this fish is very patient : It can sit and wait for hours for its prey , then prey comes and within seconds he swallows it all at once and waits again .. Wonder if he ever gets depressed .Did you know that this fish is poisonous .
Mantis shrimps : AAh this little guys is always a treat to see , looks like he is getting home after heavy party. Eyes all crazy and he is walking all directions at once . Hilarious .This shrimp is very fast , so to get a good foto (like the one Wilson took ) is damn difficult . Applause for him .Did you knew that eyes contains millions of light sensitive cells called rods and cones ,Human eye have 6 different cones , but mantis have 16 cones . Its like having rainbow of 16 colours ..
This blog explains everything about mantis shrimp in like animations and drawings . Really interesting . http://theoatmeal.com/comics/mantis_shrimp
Puffer fish : This fish is really what its name says . Its goes - PUff ... Expands when its in danger . There are many different sizes and types .I have never seen one expanding - becoming a ball . This fish is also called balloon fish .Puffer fish in one of the most poisonous fish in the world . In Japan they cook Puffer fish - Its also called a " Fugu " . To cook this fish chef need a special license - "Fugu Chef " license .Puffer fish lifespan is around 10 years .
Tube Anemone: This little strange looking life form is always getting everyone confused . Its based in the same place , but its not a coral . Its an animal . It have long tentacles that extends and tries to catch planktonic food . When disturbed this animal quickly win-draws in to the sand and looks like it disappeared . Strange looking but beautiful ..
Cleaner shrimp : Wonder what is this .. Yap name gives it away , its a shrimp that cleans other animals , like Moray eels . You when you haven`t had shower for long time .. Its easy you can go and take a shower , but what if you are already surrounded by water .. Get cleaner shrimp to clean you .. Its a delicacy for them ! " Customers " Can be often seen queuing for the service, while waiting for their turn .And .. If you feel like trying something new .. This shrimp will be happy to try to clean even a divers mouth . I haven`t tried it yet ..
Catfish The aggregation takes on the appearance of much larger creatures or even inanimate objects , reducing the chances of predation. Normally you see lots of catfish at the same time and they all move the same direction , its like they have pre-agreed on directions !
Uses suction to catch and hold his pray. Like a big vacoom cleaner . They blend in well with large variety of colours seen on corals . Normally appears only for short time .
Nemos egs hatch in 6-7 days and then "children - LArvae " are swimming free for 1-2 weeks and find new anemone to live in . Time to watch again - Finding Nemo !!
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