Tuesday, March 27, 2007
Lendell and I had a pretty aerobic dive at Tasi Tolu last night, but still saw some incredible creatures, including these three squids who seemed to having a difficult time of their own fighting the current. I'm sure this is not really true...they could have easily darted off into the darkness. Notice the cool spot pattern in the third photo.
Sunday, March 25, 2007
Monday, March 19, 2007
Diane and I found yet another Weedy/Lacy Scorpionfish at Tasi Tolu on Sunday. The two new additions lead us to believe that our first resident was actually a Lacy Scorpionfish, not a Weedy Scorpionfish. I realize this may result in a difficult night's sleep for many UWET readers, and I offer my deepest (about 20 meters) apologies.
Sunday, March 18, 2007
Saturday, March 03, 2007
I sent this image to Bill Rudman at the Sea Slug Forum because we were unable to identify it. Here is his response:
In general shape this is a species of Trapania. I can't recall one with a colour pattern like this so I assume it is another unnamed species.
One interesting feature in your photo is that scattered over the reddish sponge are whitish blobs which each have a pair of small black spots in them. I have ringed one of them. There are almost certainly small animals called kamptozoans or entoprocts whhich we now know are the food of species of Trapania. These kamptozoans are often found living on certain sponges, which is why the Trapania are often found on such sponges.
Rudman, W.B., 2007 (Feb 28). Comment on Unidentified Trapania from Tulamben by Brian Francisco. [Message in] Sea Slug Forum. Australian Museum, Sydney. Available from http://www.seaslugforum.net/find.cfm?id=19513