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Avid outdoorsman and underwater photographer, Barry Brown has spent the last ten years documenting life above and below water in Curacao, Netherlands Antilles. He is currently working with the Smithsonian Institution documenting new Caribbean deep-water species and building a one of a kind database. His underwater images can regularly be seen in Sport Diver, Scuba Diver and on the Ikelite website. His image of a "Collage of Corals" seen under blue-light at night recently placed in the TOP 10 images for the 2014 NANPA (North American Nature Photographers Association) photo contest.

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Apr 28, 15     Comments (0)

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Good morning from Curacao! Sorry for the lack of blogs these past few days but we had another three day weekend due to another holiday and I was no where near my computer. Yesterday was “Kings Day”, one of the biggest holidays of the year, and NO Curacao does not have a King but the Netherlands does. Kings Day is the Kings birthday and is celebrated with everyone wearing orange, (the Netherlands national colors), wild non-stop parties and live events all day long, I stayed home!

I have two Slender Filefish for you all today in their pre-mating mode. This means the larger filefish on the left with his head spine erect and his large dewlap (belly appendage) is trying to court this lovely female. I watched this for quite awhile and wished I would have had a video camera. The male swims around and follows the female in hopes of some kind of reaction, he even nudges her with his nose at times and he can be quite persistent. These little three inch fish have the ability to change colors to match the environment they are living in and I swear if you take your eyes off them for a second you will have a hard time finding them again, their camouflage ability makes them difficult to spot. They seem to love gorgonians the most and swim or should I say drift vertically from one to another all day long changing colors to match the environment they are entering, it’s really one of the most amazing things I have ever seen in the sea.

Our island continues to be stuck in this drought and the wind is blowing non-stop! Aimee and I are taking water and food out to the trails around the clock to do our small part in helping to keep some of the animals alive, I don’t know how these survive through these horrible months!

I spent the last three days doing long morning dog walks, a little bike riding and getting a bunch of stuff done around the house.

Hope all is well out there…

Barry

Apr 23, 15     Comments (0)

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Good morning, I have a very gentle, super fun to watch, reef fish for you all today called a Banded Butterflyfish or Chaetodon striatus. The name is derived from the dark vertical bands on the fish’s body. This, combined with a vertical, black bar through the eye, is an adaptation that can confuse predators. These fish are around five inches in length, can be found easily in the 10-60 foot zone and  are usually always found in pairs. These two here can always be found in the same area and I have been swimming with them for years so they are more or less pretty used to me and my giant camera. As I was taking my pictures one of them (top photo) left the safety of the gorgonian and swam right up to the front of my camera and proceeded to just hang out there without a care in the World, it was great! Encounters like this allow me to get many hard to get shots like the straight on face shot which is usually the hardest of all shots to get. 

Aimee and I did a fun 20 mile mountain bike ride last night through the wilds of Curacao, it was hot, windy and dry but we had a great time!

We have two sub dives today, one at 11:00 and the next at 1:30, will be a busy day!

See you again soon…..

Barry

Apr 22, 15     Comments (0)

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Hi all, I have fresh fish for you all today meaning I just took these photos about 30 minutes ago! This is a foot long Glasseye Snapper, Heteropriacanthus cruentatus that I found under a rocky ledge waiting for his photo to be taken. The top photo shows a perfect face shot dripping with expression and the second photo is the same fish stretching his mouth or yawning, talk about a big mouth!! The bottom photo shows our snapper in parked position where he will hang out for most of the day. At dusk these snappers will leave the safety of the rocks and head out onto the reef to hunt, thus the big eyes which helps them to navigate the reef at night, sure wish they would eat the lionfish!

Glasseye Snappers are common in lagoons and seaward reefs primarily around islands, down to 15 m. They generally prefer shallow reefs (a clue in distinguishing them from similar Bigeye, Priacanthus arenatus that prefer deep reef tops). Often hide in dark recesses of reefs by day, but occasionally drift out into the open near bottom. Nocturnal, feeding mainly on octopuses, pelagic shrimps, stomatopods, crabs, small fish and polychaetes. During the day usually singly or in small groups under or near ledges, but at dusk it may gather in large numbers.

Curacao is back to being BONE DRY with no rain in sight, I don’t understand how anything can survive out there, we really need rain!

Have a great day!

Barry

Apr 21, 15     Comments (0)

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Good morning from a tiny island in the Caribbean called Curacao!

I have a super cool fish for you all today called a Whitespotted Filefish, Cantherhines macrocerus, it’s one of our personal favorites! This fish has so many unique built-in features, it reminds me of a swimming Swiss Army knife! This fish has the ability to change and flash colors, it has a super cool retractable spine on top of it’s head, it can puff up it’s belly to look bigger and to lock itself into a crevice for protection and it has wild looking spines at the base of it’s tail, talk about cool!!!

Filefish (also known as foolfish, leatherjackets or shingles) are tropical to subtropical tetraodontiform marine fish of the diverse family Monacanthidae. Found in the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans, the filefish family contains approximately 107 species in 26 genera. Filefish are closely related to the triggerfish, pufferfish and trunkfish.

Their laterally compressed bodies and rough, sandpapery skin inspired the filefish’s common name; it is said that dried filefish skin was once used to finish wooden boats.

Appearing very much like their close relatives the triggerfish, filefish are rhomboid-shaped fish that have beautifully elaborate cryptic patterns. Deeply keeled bodies give a false impression of size when these fish are viewed facing the flanks. Filefish have soft, simple fins with comparatively small pectoral fins and truncated, fan-shaped tail fins; a slender, retractable spine crowns the head. Although there are usually two of these spines, the second spine is greatly reduced, being used only to lock the first spine in the erect position; this explains the family name Monacanthidae, from the Greek monos meaning “one” and akantha meaning “thorn”. Some species also have recurved spines on the base of the tail (caudal peduncle).

The small terminal mouths of filefish have specialized incisor teeth on the upper and lower jaw; in the upper jaw there are four teeth in the inner series and six in the outer series; in the lower jaw, there are 4-6 in an outer series only. The snout is tapered and projecting; eyes are located high on the head. Although scaled, some filefish have such small scales as to appear scaleless. Like the triggerfish, filefish have small gill openings and greatly elongated pelvic bones creating a “dewlap” of skin running between the bone’s sharply keeled termination and the belly. The pelvis is articulated with other bones of the “pelvic girdle” and is capable of moving upwards and downwards in many species to form a large dewlap (this is used to make the fish appear much deeper in the body than is actually the case). Some filefish erect the dorsal spine and pelvis simultaneously to make it more difficult for a predator to remove the fish from a cave.

The largest filefish species is the scrawled filefish (Aluterus scriptus) at up to 110 cm (43 in) in length; most species are below 60 cm (24 in) in length. There is marked sexual dimorphism in some species, with the sexes possessing different coloration, different body shapes, and the males with larger caudal spines and bristles.

Have a great day friends, I am off to the sea…

Barry

Apr 20, 15     Comments (0)

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Good morning friends, how was your weekend?? This morning as I stumbled up the steps in search of coffee I said again, I can’t believe how fast these weekends go by” I never even get close to getting anything done anymore!

For those of you asking our four little land tortoises are doing wonderful in their home! As you may or may not know, they went to a beautiful bed and breakfast over by Blue Bay and are in what we call, “turtle paradise”. I hear the guests are taking them out on the grass, letting them walk around and spaying them with a water hose, which they absolutely LOVE, we are so happy for them!

Here’s one of my baby squids that I photographed on friday for you all. This is just one of the 25 or so babies that is currently living in our lagoon, this one here was around three and a half to four inches in length. The first thing you will notice is the colors which are really brought out by the use of my two DS-160 Ikelite substobes, without lights they would just be a lifeless dark cyan color. This one here was shot at 160/F-16, ISO 200 for you camera geeks out there, with the Nikon D-800 it’s so easy a Caveman can do it! 

Caribbean Reef Squid are largely piscovorous (means feeds of fish) and wait for their prey to approach them during the day. At night, they are more active hunters. Captured prey are generally a few centimeters long, depending upon the size of the squid. In feeding, fish are transported to the mouth by the arms where they are bitten behind the head and secured until eaten. These arms are lined with sharp hooks, corresponding to adapted sucker-rings. The tip of the arms have a cluster of smoother suckers, while the clubs at the ends of the longer tentacles have both connective tubercles and smooth suckers. The squid will feed on the flesh and internal organs of the fish but discard the head, tail, vertebrate column, and ribs. When out hunting, these squid will employ a number of very clever techniques. Individuals may raise their central upper arms to lure potential curious predators. Another method, presently exclusive to Caribbean Reef Squid, involves hiding their tentacles from the vision of their prey until the time to attack. At this time, tentacles are rapidly extended past the limit of the longest arms. Also, squid can bend their tentacles in a hooking v-pattern to aid in capturing smaller prey. In addition, upon approaching food a squid may twist and spiral its tentacles in hopes of confusing its prey.

During the day, they live in large and organized groups but are never close together and usually equally spaced apart. This species does not cooperatively drive its prey but may compete with one another for food at times. They remain closely bunched and will strike at prey generally one at a time then fall back into line with the group. However, they are known to exhibit cannibalistic activity. When ready to feed, they have been observed anchoring themselves, and remain very still, by the arm tips on the sea-floor bottom and wait for the appearance of its prey. The fish captured are primarily sardines, dwarf herring, false prichard, red, and hardhead silversides. Other prey include shrimp, mysids, and mollies. Food selection is of greatest important to the survival of young squid. In isolated studies, newly hatched squid were very selective in choosing prey but flourished upon large amounts of mysid crustaceans. Juveniles and adults also capture small planktonic animals (copepods) and small arthropods, something I have never seen yet as a photographer.

Happy Birthday to our friend Nancy in Rapid City!

Have a wonderful day….

Barry

Apr 17, 15     Comments (0)

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Good morning from the Caribbean. I just got out from a long, cold hour and a half dive with my macro lens and other than my freezing cold hands it was great! Here’s one of the many fun shots I took this morning. This is a Sand Diver, Synodus intermedius with just his or her head showing and the rest of it’s body cleverly concealed beneath the sand patiently waiting for some poor unaware fish to swim by. This fish is around 12 inches in length but can be found up to around 18 inches. These fish are some of the most aggressive hunters on the reef equipped with hundreds of razor-sharp teeth and a body that is built for speed! I personally have never observed any fish that moves faster in attack-mode then these lizardfish, they go from 0-60 in the blink of an eye, they need to renamed and called a “Rocketfish”. Countless times I have been laying on the sand photographing some beautiful baby tropical fish unaware of the buried danger next to me. Then in the blink of an eye (or faster) this fish explodes out of the sand like a rocket, grabs my baby fish and leaves me feeling horrible for the rest of the dive! One time in Bonaire I had laid on the sand for 30 minutes shooting a baby razorfish when “POOF” out of no where he was eaten by this guy above and I remember almost being in tears when I got out of the water, it was very upsetting not to mention it scared the heck out of me! Now when I lay on the sand I do a complete check to make sure no danger is lurking, these fish just plain scare me!

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend…..

Barry

Apr 16, 15     Comments (0)

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Good morning one and all, it’s almost friday!! I had a request for a stingray photo this morning and it just so happens I had a few on my desktop that I was working on for a dive magazine. This is a giant, five foot plus Southern Stingray we found on the wild side of Bonaire a few years back at a dive site called White Hole. These animals are so fun to watch as they glide over the reef looking for sandy patches to stop and feed and are a favorite find for divers. Stingrays can be very hard to photograph as they are not the most trusting animals on the reef and you can forget about trying to follow one, for me it’s usually one shot of them laying and one leaving.

The southern stingray, Dasyatis americana, is a stingray of the family Dasyatidae (the Whiptail Stingrays) found in tropical and subtropical waters of the Western Atlantic Ocean from New Jersey to Brazil. It has a flat, diamond-shaped disc, with a mud brown, olive, and grey dorsal surface and white underbelly (ventral surface). The barb on its tail is serrated and covered in a venomous mucous, used for self-defense.

The southern stingray is adapted for life on the sea bed. The flattened, diamond-shaped body has sharp corners, making it more angular than the discs of other rays. The top of the body varies between olive brown and green in adults, dark grey in juveniles, while the underside is predominantly white. The wing-like pectoral fins are used to propel the stingray across the ocean bottom, while the slender tail possesses a long, serrated and poisonous spine at the base, used for defence. These spines are not fatal to humans, but are incredibly painful if stepped on. The eyes are situated on top of the head of the southern stingray, along with small openings called spiracles. The location of the spiracles enables the stingray to take in water while lying on the seabed, or when partially buried in sediment. Water enters the spiracles and leaves through the gill openings, bypassing the mouth which is on the underside. Female stingrays can grow to a disc width of 150 cm, contrary to the smaller male stingrays that reach maximum size at 67 cm.

The southern stingray is an opportunistic forager, feeding on small crustaceans, such as alphaeid, penaeid and callianasid shrimp and brachyuran crabs, mollusks, bony fish, and lancelets. It feeds by flapping the wing-like pectoral fins and expelling water to disturb the sand and expose the prey. This bottom-dwelling species is often found singly or in pairs, and can reach population densities estimated up to 245 per km2 in certain shallow systems thought to be nursery grounds.

I’m off to go diving, have a wonderful day!!!

Barry

Apr 14, 15     Comments Off

Good morning friends, as I drove into work this morning and looked into the water I saw our school of baby squids had seemingly grown overnight and figured there was no time like the present to jump in and shoot a little video for you all. These little sweethearts were born here and will stay here until they are old enough to head out to reef. I constantly see adult females laying eggs under our rocks and then “PRESTO” months later we have new baby squids. These here vary in size from about 1-4 inches and have been in our little protected lagoon for quite some time now, I’m thinking about a month. During the days and especially at night they are out hunting non-stop and they seem to have no problem catching small fish, they are master hunters! With a calm, non-threatening approach I am able to get within six inches from them, they really know how to read a divers body language and will react accordingly to a good or bad diver. I once again used two of the new Ikelite VEGA video lights attached to the new Ikelite GoPro tray, you have to get this on your Christmas list now!

Caribbean Reef Squid are largely piscovorous (means feeds of fish) and wait for their prey to approach them during the day. At night, they are more active hunters. Captured prey are generally a few centimeters long, depending upon the size of the squid. In feeding, fish are transported to the mouth by the arms where they are bitten behind the head and secured until eaten. These arms are lined with sharp hooks, corresponding to adapted sucker-rings. The tip of the arms have a cluster of smoother suckers, while the clubs at the ends of the longer tentacles have both connective tubercles and smooth suckers. The squid will feed on the flesh and internal organs of the fish but discard the head, tail, vertebrate column, and ribs. When out hunting, these squid will employ a number of very clever techniques. Individuals may raise their central upper arms to lure potential curious predators. Another method, presently exclusive to Caribbean Reef Squid, involves hiding their tentacles from the vision of their prey until the time to attack. At this time, tentacles are rapidly extended past the limit of the longest arms. Also, squid can bend their tentacles in a hooking v-pattern to aid in capturing smaller prey. In addition, upon approaching food a squid may twist and spiral its tentacles in hopes of confusing its prey.

During the day, they live in large and organized groups but are never close together and usually equally spaced apart. This species does not cooperatively drive its prey but may compete with one another for food at times. They remain closely bunched and will strike at prey generally one at a time then fall back into line with the group. However, they are known to exhibit cannibalistic activity. When ready to feed, they have been observed anchoring themselves, and remain very still, by the arm tips on the sea-floor bottom and wait for the appearance of its prey. The fish captured are primarily sardines, dwarf herring, false prichard, red, and hardhead silversides. Other prey include shrimp, mysids, and mollies. Food selection is of greatest important to the survival of young squid. In isolated studies, newly hatched squid were very selective in choosing prey but flourished upon large amounts of mysid crustaceans. Juveniles and adults also capture small planktonic animals (copepods) and small arthropods, something I have never seen yet as a photographer.

Have a wonderful day….

Barry

Apr 13, 15     Comments Off

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Good morning friends, how was you weekend out there??? Our little island of Curacao is again dry and crazy windy with no chance of rain is sight?? We continue do what we can and take water and seed out the trails everyday for the birds and iguana’s and turning our yard into a needed oasis for any passing animals, it all helps! Speaking of yards, we currently have this big beautiful agave/century plant blooming in our front yard which seems to be attracting every kind of animal and insect in sight! Everyday from sunup to sundown the Emerald Hummingbirds (photo 2) and local Bananaquits (photo 3) can be found here dashing in and out of the flowers sipping agave flower nectar, it’s pretty much non-stop action all day long!! At night these same flowers are covered in Bats (photo 3), I just can’t seem to get a good photo because of how fast they are! I don’t know how many of you have ever watched bats at night feeding like this but they are super quite animals and land for only about one second to feed and then off they go again, they repeat this non-stop all night long! I have no clue to how many different bats species there are here at night, I just they are fast, quiet and very hungry. Once the flowers are gone on this agave plant it will then die, but not before sprouting hundreds of baby agave first. After the plant dies we will take all the babies and plant them all over the island one at a time, this insures that in about 10 years many new plants will bloom feeding the animals of the island once more and insuring more needed cross-pollination.

Monday, monday, tons to do!

Have a great day.

Barry

Apr 10, 15     Comments Off

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Hello all, we are busy again today taking paid guests down in the submersible so I don’t have much time to blog. I had a request for a tarpon photo and I know I have a bunch but with 25 hard-drives full of photos that request could take some time. I had this shot already on my desktop as I had sent some photos to Sport Diver this week but like always I missed their deadline, there’s just too much to do! Tarpons are super large fish we have here in the Caribbean that can grow to eight feet in length, this one here was around six. 

The two species of tarpons are Megalops atlanticus (Atlantic tarpon), seen above and the Megalops cyprinoides (Indo-Pacific tarpon). M. atlanticus is found on the western Atlantic coast from Virginia to Brazil, throughout the coast of the Gulf of Mexico, and throughout the Caribbean. Tarpons are also found along the eastern Atlantic coast from Senegal to South Angola. M. cyprinoides is found along the eastern African coast, throughout southeast Asia, Japan, Tahiti, and Australia. Both species are found in both saltwater and freshwater habitats, usually ascending rivers to access freshwater marshes. They are able to survive in brackish water, waters of varying pH, and habitats with low dissolved O2 content due to their swim bladders, which they use primarily to breathe. They are also able to rise to the surface and take gulps of air, which gives them a short burst of energy. The habitats of tarpons vary greatly with their developmental stages. Stage-one larvae are usually found in clear, warm, oceanic waters, relatively close to the surface. Stage-two and -three larvae are found in salt marshes, tidal pools, creeks, and rivers. The habitats are characteristically warm, shallow, dark bodies of water with sandy mud bottoms. Tarpons commonly ascend rivers into freshwater. As they progress from the juvenile stage to adulthood, they move back to the open waters of the ocean, though many remain in freshwater habitats.

One of the unique features of Megalops is the swim bladder, which functions as a respiratory pseudo-organ. These gas structures can be used for buoyancy, as an accessory respiratory organ, or both. In Megalops, this unpaired air-holding structure arises dorsally from the posterior pharynx. Megalops uses the swim bladder as a respiratory organ and the respiratory surface is coated with blood capillaries with a thin epithelium over the top. This is the basis of the alveolar tissue found in the swim bladder, and is believed to be one of the primary methods by which Megalops “breathes”. These fish are obligate air breathers, and if they are not allowed to access the surface, they will die. The exchange of gas occurs at the surface through a rolling motion that is commonly associated with Megalops sightings. This “breathing” is believed to be mediated by visual cues, and the frequency of breathing is inversely correlated to the dissolved O2 content of the water in which they live.

Have a wonderful fun filled weekend out there!!

Barry

Apr 9, 15     Comments Off

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Good morning friends, I had requests for more Green Iguana photos so here you go!! These are a few more of the iguanas that live right in front of our house in a big thorny tree that is covered in vines. During the dry season (now) the vines turn brown and create a netted area of sorts that they love to lay on and just bake in the sun. During the rainy season this vine is covered in thousands of pink flowers and is one of the most beautiful ground covers we have ever seen. The top photo shows just how much character these animals have, they find a favorite perch and just hang out there for hours maybe waiting for me to bring them a snack, who knows?? When it’s really dry we fill up big buckets with water and use a smaller bucket to fill and toss water onto them, they go crazy and just love it!! What I need to do is just buy a longer water hose and just spray them, this would make more sense and probably reach more animals. On Sundays we now chop a big papaya and toss it over the wall to them, talk about entertaining!!!

I have to be underwater in 10 minutes, have a great day all!!!

Barry

Apr 8, 15     Comments Off

Hi friends, I have another fun video for you all today of a big adult Stoplight Parrotfish sleeping with his head propped up on a rock and his body laying in the sand. Aimee and I never get tired of seeing this, I mean who would have even guessed that fish sleep?? On any given night dive we see about 20-30 parrotfish, all different species and sizes fast asleep in the weirdest of places! For instance we usually see parrotfish stuck in tube sponges or laying flat up against rocks and it’s not uncommon to find them inside barrel sponges and hidden under algae, honestly if you really look they are everywhere! When I find them out in the open like this one they can be very hard to approach as light will scare them. I’ve learned that coming in very slowly with a non-threatening approach usually works, just be calm and quiet, get in and get out! What cracks me up the most about these sleeping fish is…during the day you can wear yourself out trying to get close enough for a photo but at night they just lay all over the reef, it’s really quite the sight to behold!

I have a big bike ride tonight and tomorrow and friday we are running the submersible non-stop, it will be a busy 2 days!

Hope all is well out there…

Barry

Apr 7, 15     Comments Off

Good morning friends, how was your Easter holiday??? The Caribbean Easter Bunny found our little house and dropped off some yummy Belgian chocolates and a new cycling jersey, talk about being surprised! We had 4 days off so as you can imagine I have been very busy with my normal tasks of taking photos, cleaning mountain bike trails, walking the dogs, collecting drift-wood, long bike rides and of course diving, I need a another day off just to recover from all the fun!

I get countless requests for lobster photos so I took those requests one step further and jumped in to the sea late at night friday and shot a fun video clip for you all of a Spotted Spiny Lobster, Panulirus guttatus. Normally any lobster I find on any given night dive is VERY SHY and will immediately backup into their caves and disappear from sight as they are not big fans of light, but not this one! Lobsters are so cool and so much fun to watch, it’s no wonder they are at the top of fun creatures to find out on the reef at night. During the day these animals are hidden deep under the reef in caves and crevices and only come out at night to feed. I used a Go pro 3 attached to the new Ikelite Tray with one Ikelite VEGA video light (on low power) with a diffuser for this clip, it’s honestly the easiest, “even a caveman can do it” kind of videography!

Unlike the true, or clawed, lobsters, spiny lobsters have long, thick, spiny antennae and lack large pinching claws. The Spotted Spiny Lobster (Panulirus guttatus) occurs from Bermuda to Suriname, with populations in southeastern Florida, in the Bahamas, and throughout the Caribbean Sea. Unlike the Caribbean Spiny Lobster (Panulirus argus), which has a largely overlapping distribution, P. guttatus is of limited commercial interest throughout most of its range. On some islands, however, it contributes significantly to satisfying the demand for luxury seafood.

Panulirus guttatus is an obligate reef-dweller, rarely leaving the confines of the reef, and found especially on the fore reef. Several early studies of P. guttatus in Florida investigated the sex ratio, size distribution, and reproductive seasonality of a population living at man-made jetties near Miami Beach. Based on data from their study in the Florida Keys, Sharp et al. (1997) concluded that an individual P. guttatus spends its entire benthic life on a small portion of the fore reef, perhaps even on a single spur. Panulirus guttatus adults forage on the reef at night. They spend the day in dens that extend deep into the reef. There is some indication that males may guard den entrances to protect harems of females from other males. This behaviour has been observed in P. argus both in the laboratory and in the field. The sheltering requirements of P. guttatus appear to be much more specific than those of P. argus. This restriction of acceptable shelter characteristics for P. guttatus may be the primary factor controlling the abundance of this obligate reef-dweller.

I have a very busy day on tap, lots to do!!

Enjoy the clip…

Barry

Apr 2, 15     Comments Off

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Good morning friends, here’s the super-cool horse head Aimee has been working on for the past year, is that cool or what?? This isn’t made from driftwood but rather from dried up roots of some kind of small leafed bush/tree (Acacia sp) that we find all over the island. She has traveled and walked countless miles hunting for these dried pieces of wood and let me tell you she is very picky about what she finds, collects and uses. She said it all started with the ear. One year ago she was walking with the dogs on the North coast and picked up one single piece and said very excitedly “this looks like a horse ear” and from there built this whole head based on that one single piece. The eye is a piece of root-beer colored sea-glass that has an electric light behind it and glows when plugged in, talk about cool! What are going to do with you ask?? She says it’s for sale??? Yep, if you want it you better contact her quickly before she changes her mind, her thought is… if I can build one I can build another, sounds like a lot of work to me but with said she did have a whole lot of fun looking for the pieces and putting it together, kudos my dear!!

Busy days ahead with 4 days off, I hope you all have a super fun Easter!!!

Cheers from windy, hot, dry Curacao!!

Barry

Apr 1, 15     Comments Off

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Hi friends, I’m having a very busy week and can’t seem to find time to sit at the computer. For those of you who have been to Curacao and stopped by our house you remember the giant driftwood horse-head that Aimee has been making for about a year now, well, it’s finally finished. Last night we loaded it into the car and brought it over here to the Substation and left it inside overnight. This morning she stopped by and we took a bunch of photos of her with her new creation, I promise I will post it soon, it’s really cool! 

The turtles are doing GREAT in their new luxury home and I finally got the old one torn apart at our house and got the yard back to normal. We have a four day holiday starting this Friday so I will head out there and check on them and make sure all is good and take a few more photos.

I have a big red trumpetfish for you all today, this one here almost let me touch him, he could have been the most calm/unafraid fish I have ever seen, I just love these kind of encounters!

Going mountain biking tonight even though it’s close to 100 degrees and the wind is blowing like a hurricane, talk about training in crazy conditions!

Sorry so short, I have to run, I’m busy with a project for the Smithsonian Institution.

Bye…

 

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