Avid outdoorsman and underwater photographer, Barry Brown has spent the last 12 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.


Archive for April, 2011

Apr 30, 11     Comments Off on Leopard Flat Worm, Flatworms, Turbellaria, Polycladida

Good morning boys and girls, I have to make this short as I have to meet my friend Stijn at Saint Joris this morning, he’s going to help me finish the trail and finally get it open. I had a nice long ride last night after work and came home pretty tired finding it very hard to do anything, let alone the daily blog.
This is a Leopard Flat Worm, Pseudoceros Pardalis, I have seen these before in Curacao but only a few times as they spend their days mostly under rocks and coral heads where they spend their days scavenging for small invertebrates and the remains of dead animals. Their slow, gliding movement over the bottom is accomplished primarily by the beating of cilia on the underside. Flatworms are simple animals but the phylum is biologically significant. They are the most primative animals to have similar right and left sides, a definite front and rear end, and a dorsal and ventral surface. One body opening, located contrally on the underside, serves as both mouth and anus. On the heads of most reef species are rudimentary sensory organs in the form of antennae. Eye spots, that function simply in the detection of light, are developed in many species. Flatworms have the capacity to regenerate parts severed from their body, and often can regenerate another complete animal from only the severed part. I found this guy out in front of the Sub-Station crawling over the lip of a beautiful Azure Vase Sponge, the two specimens looked great together.
Sorry so short, I need to get moving, busy day ahead!! Bye now, Barry
Apr 28, 11     Comments Off on Coral Bleaching, Before and After Photos, Global Warming
Good evening readers, as promised here is a before and up to date photos of the severe coral bleaching we experienced here in the Caribbean this year! The top photo was shot around the beginning of November last year and the bottom photo we took yesterday. The first thing I noticed yesterday while out re-shooting all these coral heads was that the corals are still not back to normal, they are still slightly bleached. The bottom coral should be completely dark but as you can see it still has a lot of light brown color, it’s healing, but ever so slowly. As I have said before, coral bleaching is the whitening of diverse invertebrate taxa, resulting from the loss of symbiotic zooxantheallae and/or a reduction in photosynthetic pigment concentrations in zooxanthellae residing within scleractinian corals. You may want to read that again, slower this time. Coral bleaching is caused by various anthropogenic and natural variations in the reef environment including sea temperature, solar irradiance, sedimentation, xenobiotics, subaerial exposure, inorganic nutrients, freshwater dilution, and epizootics. Coral bleaching events have been increasing in both frequency and extent worldwide in the past 20 years. Global climate change may play a role in the increase in coral bleaching events, and could cause the destruction of major reef tracts and the extinction of many coral species. I am personally really shocked at how long these corals are taking to heal, remember my big coral face?? I see that one everyday and it’s still only at around 75% back to normal, I will send you a shot of that one as well. Remember we can all do our part to help this global warming such as; recycle, car-pool, ride your bike to work, use less heat and air conditioning, change your old light bulbs to compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFL), plant a tree, and encourage others to conserve, that’s just a few.   
I have a ton to do this evening, thanks a million for all the comments! Bye now, Barry
Apr 28, 11     Comments Off on Endangered Hawksbill Turtle, Diving in Curacao, Sea Turtles

Good morning all, I was finally able to get some work done out on the reef yesterday photographing the coral bleaching progress. Months ago, like in November of 2010 the reef was white, warm, cloudy and seemed so dead because of the worst coral bleaching year we have had to date since we have been here. During that time I swam around and photographed selected coral bleaching specimens and since then have been watching them either heal or in many cases die! It brought tears to our eyes yesterday looking at massive heads of grooved Brain coral that used to stand alone like a spotlight on the reef calling out to every diver to “come over and look at me”, but now they are dead and covered in green and black algae! Before I went out I had printed and laminated in color, a bunch of photos that I again had to find underwater and shoot them exactly the same as the photo, not an easy task. I did the first dive yesterday by myself and the second dive at noon I was joined by Aimee, seen here in today’s photo. The reef was beautiful yesterday, and you don’t hear me say that too often. The good visibility was due to a much needed deep water current which we really haven’t had much this year. Current is so hard to swim in but so necessary for the well being of the reef. It moves dirt and sand off corals and sponges and helps to circulate the ocean with constant clean water. On my first dive I swam around and searched for the corals on the photos but because the corals are no longer white and standing out, they are very hard to find again. So why didn’t I mark them when I shoot them in the first place?? It just plain looks bad and trust me, someone would have removed those markers over the past five months, it’s best just to re-find them. On my first dive I found about half and was shocked that almost all my specimens are still not completely healed, I would say they are at 90%. On the second dive, Aimee carried the clip-board and we again searched and searched and did end up finding all but around six of the last corals, it’s really quite a challenge. At the end of our dive in around 20 feet of water I spotted this young Hawksbill Turtle. I signaled to Aimee and we both quietly swam over as not to scare it and just watched as he or she swam slowly thru the corals looking for food or a place to rest. Folks, in all the years diving here this was the hands down calmest turtle we had ever seen! We ended up swimming next to him until I was out of air. This beautiful little endangered turtle never once showed any signs of caring, it was like we were the first humans it had ever seen and we presented no danger at all. Aimee pretty much hovered alongside it for what seemed like hours and just smiled ear to ear constantly giving me the look of “can you believe this??” I was wishing as usual that I had a different lens, the 10.5mm was just a bit to wide, but we did get a few nice shots just the same. When I signaled to Aimee that I was out of air and I had to go, we both just stopped and watched for the last few minutes as our calm turtle swam out of view and with an underwater kiss and a high-five we left with smiles on our face, it was a great dive!
I better get moving, I will send you a coral bleaching before and after photo tonight, you won’t believe the difference! Have a great day everyone!! Barry
Apr 27, 11     Comments Off on Solitary Disk Coral, Fleshy Corals, Hard Corals, Curacao

Hello from way down South! Curacao continues to warm up more and more everyday, I think it’s safe to say it’s going to be a dry year. This island is so strange, they get 3 months of rain during the winter and then the rest of the year can be very dry and everything that was green will soon turn brown. The remarkable thing is under the soon to be loose dry desert soil  are seeds and grasses that just wait all year long for rain, and even though our desert can look dead at times most plants, trees and bushes just become dormant. The cactus here absorb and store as much water as they can for the dry months ahead. I remember years past here that even late in the summer the cactus looked like they were dying but amazingly with just one big rain most were able to regenerate, much like the corals that just went thru that terrible coral bleaching period.
Yesterday I did two nice dives with the camera and my beloved Nikon 105mm lens. This and the 60mm is one of the best macro lens on the planet and well worth every cent you will have to pay or if your lucky enough to have a friend you can borrow one from! I first took my new deep water hermit crab back out to the reef and photographed him and while out there found tons of new things I had never seen before in my own backyard. As I was shooting the hermit I found a baby octopus hiding in a little cave holding a sea shell and using it as his door to the cave, talk about cool, but didn’t have the right lens, I will go back and find him this morning. I found this beautiful Solitary Disk Coral, Scolymia Wellsi as seen in today’s photo and was the first time I had ever seen one like it! These disk corals are in the family Mussidae and are classified as Fleshy/Stony corals. They are a single, large, fleshy, circular to oval polyp with an underlying skeleton often evident in the form of raised radiating lines. They also have central area’s of coralite usually flat to somewhat concave, rarely convex.  They can be found in darker shades of gray to brown, green, and blue-green; base color often radially streaked with lighter shades and some may even fluoresce. This is the smallest of the three disk coral species. Positive identification requires magnified examination of erect projections growing from the septa, called teeth. This species has rough, irregular, think, cylindrical teeth. Artichoke Coral has spike or pick-shaped teeth, and Atlantic Mushroom has large, triangular teeth.
I had a great mountain bike ride last night, the trails are super shape right now!! See ya, Barry
Apr 26, 11     Comments Off on Crazy Water, Water Reflections, Reflections in Water

Good morning readers, how was your Easter?? I’m sitting here surrounded in Butterfinger and Kit-Kat wrappers and I had to work to find them, our Easter Bunny is a good basket hider! The “Indi Bunny” proved to be a big success here. I told Aimee first thing in the morning that she had to go turn on her computer to see the message the “Indi Bunny” left for her and once she read it, she took off in search of her goodies, it was really fun!! Thank you everyone for all the Easter cards or bunny photos, we loved them all!
Yesterday was still a holiday here but we both had to work. I had a sub dive at 9:00 with some VIP’s from one of the airlines who are going to do a story on the sub and Aimee did a dive out on the reef with the dolphins. On my side the visibility was great for once and the sub photos I took underwater came out super nice but Aimee said up her way the visibility wasn’t as good, maybe because they have more sand there? After the dive I figured the whole reef must be clear today so I got all me gear ready and went for a second dive but seconds upon entering the water I found out that was not the case. I am still trying to take my “before and after coral bleaching photos” and figured yesterday was finally the day to get it done but after diving for 10 minutes and seeing how stirred up it was from passing waves, I got out and called it a day not taking one photo.
Here is a new CRAZY WATER photo I took and we named it “the Dragon”! Ok, you can re-name it whatever you like, but look carefully and there is a cool face, and no I was not standing out in the sun too long, but thanks for asking.
I better get ready to go, I have to do a bunch of macro photography out on the reef today with new deep-water crabs and a recently found Sea-Goddess (sea slug). Have a wonderful day guys!! Barry
Apr 24, 11     Comments Off on Happy Easter From Curacao! Dogs Wearing Bunny Ears

Best wishes from Curacao! We had a fun morning with the Indi Bunny! Happy Easter, Barry and Aimee
Apr 23, 11     Comments Off on Diving With Dolphins, Open Ocean Diving With Dolphins

Hi friends, it’s a sad but happy day here at the Brown house this evening as our little black puppy left to her new home at 10:00 today! The new owner seems to be “as good as they get” and we truly feel lucky that she is going to this new home. That said, I led her out to the waiting car, opened the door, and in she jumped, not knowing this would be the last time she would see this house that is so familiar to her. She really didn’t seem that upset in the car, she was wagging her tail and ready to go on a new adventure, I think that’s when I felt the first tear run down my face! And, as you can imagine it was a hard day wondering how she is doing but hours ago we received a text saying she is doing great and adjusting nicely! We went thru a lot with her in the past two months and she went from scared and sick to fun and healthy, I sure wish we could have kept her! I spent the rest of the day keeping as busy as I could. I started on a new driftwood project and managed to get quite a bit done today, this time I am building a standing four shelf towel rack, our junky metal one is falling apart.
Here is a fun photo of Tela and Pasku out in the open ocean after doing a dive with some customers. The Dolphin Academy www.dolphin-academy.com is one of only three places in the World that has trained dolphins to follow a boat out into the sea, onto a coral reef and participate in underwater encounters with waiting scuba divers. Once the boat arrives (as you see here), the dolphins wait for the trainer who is on scuba to jump in and off they all go to find the divers, it’s so cool!! This is not really an “underwater pet the dolphins thing” either, this is more you watching them and learning and watching as they catch fish, swim back and fourth past you as high speed and use their echo location to explore the reef. Our dolphins also do this whole program, “which can last up to an hour” without being rewarded with fish while underwater, they get fed after the program and once the trainer is back on the boat, cool huh??
Well, I must say it’s too quiet around here without our little black noise maker “who loves to play”, we are sure going to miss her, Have a Happy Easter, Barry
Apr 23, 11     Comments Off on Common Sea Fan Regrowth, Gorgonia Ventalina, Sea Fans

Good morning from Curacao! Yesterday I managed to do as I planned and left the house at 7:00 on my bike and headed via the road to the North Coast. It was a beautiful overcast morning with very little wind making my ride better and faster. I entered the North coast at a place called Canoa, “where all the surfers go” and continued at full speed in my big ring all the way to coral Tabak zooming past the row of giant windmills and winding thru trails along the coast. I then found my way past the bat caves and down to the waters of Saint Joris where I left the dirt and headed the rest of the way back home on the road. It was a great ride and there was hardly any traffic due to the holiday weekend and I finished in under an hour and a half. After showering and eating everything in sight I took off down to the glass beach to see how things had progressed since the bulldozer went thru a few weeks ago. To my surprise it was great again and I immediately found the biggest piece of red glass I had ever found adding to my already great morning! I then went back home after about an hour of collecting and did my own experiment in global warming…… I defrosted the freezer with a blow dryer!! Our freezer door would not even close anymore due to an overload of ice build-up and I finally got sick of having to yank on the drawers to get them out! And yes a blow-dryer works great! Turn that baby on high and just stand there for an hour or so, it will get the job done!
Here is something cool, this is a Common Sea Fan, Gorgonia ventalina which fell over on the reef and now is starting to re-grow new little fans. Gorgonia ventalina can be distinguished by their purple tissue and fan shape hence the common name “purple sea fan”. They are most commonly purple, however they can be yellow or brown in color but these colors are much rarer. Their branches are rounded and slightly compressed in the plane of a fan, with small calyces located in 2 rows along the edges of these branches. They can grow to be about 180cm tall by 150cm wide. The time needed to grow to this length is estimated to be about 2 to 5 years; however they do continue to grow beyond the average but at a much slower rate. The life span of a gorgonian is unknown, and scientists state that there is no evidence from fossil or current records of a sea fan dying from old age. The most common death to a sea fan is destruction by wave energy and overgrowth of their tissues by organisms such as Millepora alcicornis and some encrusting bryozoans. As a diver I have been trying to help these sea fans when out on any given dive by checking them for any destructive Flamingo Tongues that may be attached and eating them, they do so much damage! One can easily remove the tongues by just pulling them off and placing them somewhere else on the reef away from corals or gorgonians, like on a mossy rock.
Today the puppy (LUCKY) leaves our house at 10:00 and goes to her new home, it’s a sad and happy day at the same time! Last night we did a first ever walk with her new momma and their other dog and they both seemed to do real well, we sure will miss her, and new name will be JOY!!
Off to clean some trails, Barry
Apr 21, 11     Comments Off on Giant Green Moray Eel, Caribbean Eels, Different Eels

Good evening readers, we had a pretty hot day here in Curacao today, it’s looking like summer is on the way!! We are still having very calm seas and just a light wind making the diving still not so great. I did two dives with the sub today each lasting only around 10-15 minutes that way I have time to get out and get the photos ready for the folks in the sub to take home with them, it’s a pretty slick deal. Aimee was off today, she took all three dogs up the coast (around two miles one way) to a really fun beach where everyone takes their dogs. They played and played and from what I heard all three came home very tired, that’s just the way we like it! In the morning I am leaving on a long bike ride to the North coast starting at around 6:30-7:00 and hope to be back in three hours. I figured since we have a break in the wind it would be a perfect time to go do this trip and I want to check out some old areas we used to go and walk the dogs.
Here is one of the big beautiful Green Moray eels we saw at the dive spot called Karpata in Bonaire a while back. I actually think my little buddy Stijn spotted this guy first from around 50 feet and signaled down to me, I was searching for a juvenile Tiger Grouper at 80 feet. This eel was on a mission, he must not have found any food the night before and must have still been hungry because he was sure searching for something? I gave chase and ended up following him for 10 minutes or longer and watched as he slithered in and out of the corals paying me no attention at all. Unless provoked, the eels will not attack or stir any sort of trouble. Any ocean-goers who spot a green moray should be very cautious. Even though the eels aren’t looking for trouble, their poor vision maybe justification enough for them to attack. While not poisonous, anyone who is bitten by a green moray should seek immediate medial attention. Eel bites almost always trigger an infection.
Have a wonderful holiday weekend, hope the Easter Bunny brings you lots of goodies! Barry
Apr 21, 11     Comments Off on Yellow Mantis Shrimp, Ciliated False Squilla, Shrimps

Good morning from the “C” island. Yours truly spent 8 hours out on Boston Whaler (little boat) yesterday watching a big bed and white buoy drift up and down the coast! The buoy was attached to our mini-sub which for the most part stayed at around 400 feet most of the day. Everyone had been itching to go on an exploratory mission with the sub, so yesterday we tied a rope to it and pulled it all the way up to Caracas-baai on the surface of the water, that was where they started. My reason for being on the boat was in case they needed an emergency diver to either bring more weights to the sub, hook something up with the ropes, or need help with items that were collected but in the end I just sat there all day watching a buoy, it was pretty boring. Apparently everyone inside had a great time. They said they found all kinds of cool stuff and said I have to go back with the camera at a later date, that will be more fun than sitting on the boat for sure. I was pretty shocked that the sub was able to go all day with re-charging their batteries and even more shocked that four male passengers were able to hold their bladders for that long?? They said they had food and water but didn’t dare eat or drink anything, that alone would be difficult.
Here is a brand new find, something Aimee and I have never seen before. We think this is a Ciliated False Squilla, I am calling it a Yellow Mantis Shrimp as we can’t really find this color in the book. I found this cool creature under our sub platform a few days ago and watched as it walked all over the sand hunting for food. I watched long enough to even find out where it lives and followed him back to his beautifully constructed U-Shaped borrow that he excavated in the sand. These Mantis shrimps are fierce hunters using their built in spears to catch anything that passes and even know for doing great damage to those dumb enough to place a finger near them! I will be keeping an eye on this guy now that I know where his home is so again, stay tuned for more.
Better get my sun-burned self to work, more tonight, Barry
Apr 20, 11     Comments Off on Baby Scorpionfish, Newborn Reef Fish, Baby Rockfish

Good morning readers, yesterday, while attending to my “hermit crab housing development” that I now have under our floating platform, I found this batwing crab carapace laying in the sand with a tiny, newborn scorpionfish laying in front of it. Talk about a cool home?? As I watched the tiny baby slowly wiggled his body more and more until finally only his head was showing, the rest of his little body was under the sand. Scorpionfish like other fish then just wait there until some poor unsuspecting prey walks or swims by and will attack without warning, it’s prey won’t see it coming. This is one of the smallest scorpionfish I have ever seen, he was less than an inch in length and trust me when I say if he didn’t move you would have never seen him.
The ocean here in Curacao has been dead calm again these past few days creating some not so great diving conditions. We never got any rain out of that last storm that passed and now the sun seems to be back, our area is really drying out and the water in the salt ponds is dropping rapidly. Stijn and I had a great hour and a half ride last night! This young kid just continues to improve every time I ride with him, we really need to get him to some single-track trails in the States, I know he would love it!
Off to work, Aimee is off and still sleeping, see you again soon, Barry
Apr 18, 11     Comments Off on Lucky Dogs, Island Dogs, Ferral Dogs, CARF Curacao

Ahhhhh,  isn’t this the best? Aimee here, of course once again talking up our puppies. Well, here is our little “lucky puppy” and you probably won’t even recognize her as being the same one we took in a couple of months ago. I have to remind myself what she looked like and how scared she was when she first came into our lives. Obviously, it is a dog’s life, at least here in this household….  this evening Barry, Inca, Indi and little Lucky went for a walk to the beach. You can tell, one of us had the best time ever! I am not sure who won the fight, Puppy or the sand? She of course believes life is made up of walks on the trails, swims at the beach and kongs filled with peanut butter. Ahh, it is truly a dog’s life. Tonight’s biggest surprise ever was an e-mail we received from a friend of ours that another generous donation was made to CARF, it was an unbelievable amount and we are truly humbled by their giving hearts and want to thank them for our little one and the others that his donation will be helping in the future. It is because of the giving nature of these individuals that the lost and forgotten animals here in Curacao will have a fighting chance at having a new and different life. Our little one is just one example of what people can do. So, never believe that you cannot make a difference, you can in many different ways. I think our motto is ” you can’t do everything, but you can do something; and what you can do, you should do”. So, here’s to our little one that will be going to go to her new home in the next week. We sure have enjoyed her through the laughs and struggles; we learn something from each one that crosses our path.
Thanks again for the donations, you guys are wonderful!! Aimee and Barry
Apr 18, 11     Comments Off on Highest Peak/Point in Curacao, Curacao Activities

Good morning folks, just a quick note to say hi. I finally finished the trail at Saint Joris yesterday, it’s now open again for biking and hiking although the end is still a bit muddy down by the palms. The goal now is to close the end and continue the trail in another direction away from the area that gets flooded when it rains, this will require some help. When Aimee got home from work at 3:30 yesterday we took all the dogs down the coast to a little private beach and went for a fun swim. Well, all of us except Inca, she just wasn’t into it Aimee thinks it’s because she doesn’t like the puppy jumping up onto her while she is swimming? So everyone but her had a great time, she just kind of stood there on the beach keeping guard, whatever.
Here is a view taken from the very top of mount Christoffel, our highest peak in Curacao. Many months ago when Loet and Maikel went with me on this fun climb I remember handing my camera up to Maikel who was literally sitting on the highest peak there was, and only room for one! I said “snap way”, take as many pictures as you like and once your done you can hand it back down to me. I’ve never been a real fan of heights, especially heights that involve grasping a chunk of rock with your butt cheeks and legs and trying to stay in one place because the wind is so strong, yeah not for me! The view up there is something all visitors should see, your completely surrounded by water! Most days you can see the coast of Venezuela off to your right and on the left nothing but blue water, definitely one of my favorite spots on the island.
Off to work, see you tonight, Barry
Apr 17, 11     Comments Off on Curacao Vegetatation, Euphorbia Lactea, Monkey Puzzle

Good morning from no rain Curacao, or at least not at our house! These last few days the sky has been dark and we all thought for sure it was coming but it just passed us by either raining out over the sea or other parts of the island. I spent a good part of the afternoon at work, we had one sub dive with four people. Also during the night my big deep water hermit managed to escape out of his underwater aquarium but with less than a minute of searching I found him sitting in the middle of the sand.  Since he was eating and just as happy as a hermit crab can be I just left him there all day. At 4:00 I went back to work, jumped in the water, picked him up and placed him back inside his temporary home this time putting a net lid on top. Our plan in to take the crabs back to where we found them, Dutch just wanted photos first so we can start seeing just how many different crabs there are down there, cool idea huh??
I got a request for a photo of the bush around here and found this one that I took out at Saint Joris a while back. This plant with the purple flowers is called Euphorbia lactea or a Monkey’s Puzzle and it grows wild here on Curacao. It looks like a cactus, it feels like a cactus and yet it is not a cactus. This plant actually belongs to the same family as the Poinsettia and the Crown of Thorns. Like these it contains a milky sap which real cacti never have. However, as it has spines, triangular branches and a fleshy appearance, many people still call it a cactus. These plants are absolutely beautiful and can grow to be the size of a house making it a perfect habitat for dozens of creatures that call Curacao home. Here on the island and in many other parts of the World, like Africa and India it is mainly used to make live fences which are indeed impenetrable! The sap does have toxic properties, it may irritate the skin and will for sure burn the eyes, like all toxic liquids immediately flush with water and consult a physician. Iguanas love these plants! They live in-between the convoluted branches and hide in the innermost parts of the tree where they are as good as invisible! This was the only time I had ever seen these plants bloom and from what I have heard they will not bloom in captivity? Behind the Euphorbia, you can see the thorns I have to deal with on a daily basis called Acacia tortuosa. Many a flat tire and sore foot can be blamed on these stupid thorns, they have drawn a lot of blood from this boy over the past seven years!
Off to Saint Joris to work on the trial, have a wonderful day, Barry
Apr 16, 11     Comments Off on Caribbean Reef Octopus, Octopus Briareus, Cephalopoda

Good morning from your Curacao Zombie!! I am super beat this morning after a long day of diving and then an hour and a half fast bike ride in the evening with Stijn. I came home after the ride, looked at my computer and said, no way, I’ll do it in the morning, I just don’t have the energy. Thanks to everyone for all the compliments and notes about the two new deep water hermits, I think it’s so cool how many folks responded. Those hermits are really one of the most gentle and beautiful creatures out there, just doing their own thing each and every day and always a joy to watch.
Here is another gentle creature of the Caribbean and by far one of the top creatures a visiting diver hopes to see on any given dive. This guy here was absolutely beautiful sitting on top of a large outcrop of Giant Star Coral. The octopus group makes up around a third of the worlds cephalopod population, with around 300 species found in waters around the world. The octopus can be found in the all the worlds oceans, with the octopus ranging in size from a just few centimeters to number of feet depending on the species of octopus! The octopus is well known for being a master of disguise and is able to blend into pretty much any background using its elaborate camouflage. The octopus not only uses this to its advantage for both hiding from potential prey and predators, but it is also thought to play a role in the male octopuses mating display, in order to attract a female octopus. Generally, most species of octopus have no internal or external skeleton which means that the octopus is able to squeeze itself into tight places. The octopus and the squid are known to be one of the most intelligent of all the invertebrates.
I have to run, still need to walk the dogs and get into work for a dive at 10:30, see you soon, Barry



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