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 November, 2014
Nov 28, 14 Comments Off on Blue Light Photos, Great Star Coral Polyps
Good morning all, it’s Black Friday!! I have been so busy this week with Holiday parties, work and cycling that my poor daily blog is just not getting done!
I have a crazy beautiful colony of Great Star Coral, Montastraea cavernosa that we photographed the other night with our alien looking blue-lights. Shooting “OPEN POLYPS” like you see above has turned out to be a real challenge! Why you ask, go ahead ask why!! Because coral polyps are super sensitive to light! What we are trying to do now is to sneak up on them if you will and some times it works and other times it doesn’t. When we spot our “to be photo” I now try to NOT shine any light on them until the last second, it’s a case of “one shot one kill”! If we hover over them for more than a few seconds all these open polyps you see above will quicky close and if we want to re-shoot it again we would have to come back in say 30 minutes when they re-open, you just gotta be fast and your exposure and light has to be perfect.
Yesterday for Thanksgiving Aimee and I got up early and took the dogs for a three hour beach combing adventure to the north coast in search of new fun driftwood but to our surprise we found very little. We did find one big piece that looks like a sailboat, we just need to add a cabin, mast and sail and it should be super cool when finished. We have had almost a whole week now without rain but there are still standing puddles everywhere making driving and cycling along the coast challenging at times. We are going to ride the 40 mile Extreme course again early tomorrow morning, this time at more of a race pace, I’m hoping there is not much mud! At 4:00 yesterday I met two of the fastest teens on the island and we took of on a two hour, 25 mile sprint. The kids have yet to catch me on the single-track trails but I was struggling at times to keep up to them on the road, man are they fast! We had a great Thanksgiving meal last night compliments of two American ladies that we met this week and invited us to their hotel for dinner, it was fantastic!
We have a submersible dive at 11:00, I need to get ready to go.
Have a great day…
Nov 25, 14 Comments Off on Live Slit-Shell, Entemnotrochus adansonianus
Hello readers, first off… so sorry about the NO blog for the past few days but my Word Press/Coral Reef Photos site needed updated and backed-up and had to be done by someone other than myself. Sorry but I’m not a computer expert!
Here’s a new, live Slit Shell for you all today called Entemnotrochus adansonianus, Crosse & Fisher, 1861. Most of the live slit-shells I photograph are super shy and won’t come out to feed or explore for hours but this one for the first time ever was ready to go! I stayed in the lab for hours watching this guy climb all over everything and eating the thin layer of algae that covered the rocks and old ceramic bottle you see here. Look closely and you can see his little black eye located below his two tentacles. His mouth is stuck to the side of the jug sucking algae and the rest of his body you see around the edges of the shell is called his foot.
Here’s a small note from a pleurotomariid expert that wrote in this morning… “the bright colors in some shells and animals from deep water are astonishing…but don’t forget that yellow and red/pink colorations are the first to be filtered out by the light (wavelengths) reaching those depths….and thus are a kind of hiding colors in these depths for predators …..there’s also a hypothesis that particular color pigments present in the encrusting sponges, which form the mean diet in most slit-shell species, are incorporated into the outer prismatic layers during shell development (and those yellow and red encrusting sponges are found around the same habitat where adansonianus lives, in the same depth cline).”
These are the shallowest occurring and most commonly collected pleurotomariids in the Western Atlantic with a range that extends from Bermuda to Southern Brazil. Slit Shells of this species live at depths of 180 feet to 700 feet so it’s safe to say that not many folks will ever see one while out diving! In the rest of the Western Atlantic, there are three species of pleurotomariids that co-occur in any given area, but they are not sympatric as they occur at different depths. It’s safe to say that most shell collectors will cry when they see this, these shells are a thing of beauty! Once again I find myself asking why is everything so colorful at such deep depths?? I mean it’s really dark down there, why are fish and shells so colorful?? We are one of the first companies ever to not only find these in their natural habitat but we are also able to study them and find out how they live and what they eat plus photographing them in their natural surroundings. On any given sub dive with Substation Curacao you have a very good chance of seeing a Slit Shell in person, so come on over and see us for a ride you won’t soon forget.
We are having a very busy week at Substation Curacao and our underwater live video camera is finally up and running again, here is the address again and remember there is a one hour delay in what your seeing, meaning it happened an hour ago.
We are still in our rainy season, the island looks like a tropical rain forest and is making my cycling very difficult. Saturday morning I took off to Porto Mari and back but that was mostly a road ride due to that nights rain, it turned out to be a not so fun 31 mile ride.
The sea is so rough lately but it’s bringing in tons of beautiful driftwood from somewhere?? Tomorrow we are going over the north coast to do some more collecting and to haul some bigger pieces home that I stashed in a hiding spot this weekend. Remember our driftwood Christmas tree from last year? Well I am working on making it bigger and better for this year. I found a new post and I have a few new better bases to now choose from, I hope I can get it done in time.
Happy Thanksgiving to all my Stateside Americano’s!!
I am off to the sea…
Nov 20, 14 Comments Off on Rusty Goby, Priolepis hipoliti, Deep Sea Gobies
Good afternoon all, here’s another seldom seen fish called a Rusty Goby, Priolepis hipoliti that we found with the submersible below 200 feet. This is a mega tiny fish, this one here was only three quarters of an inch long and was super hard to photograph. These little reclusive treasures are found in shades of brown to red-brown to orange, iris is red to gold with green pupils. Their most distinctive features include orange spots on dorsal, tail and anal fins and about 9-11 wide dusky body bars. Although these fish are noted as common to South Florida, Bahamas, Caribbean, Northwestern Gulf of Mexico and Bermuda they are seldom seen as they often perch upside down on ceilings of small recesses in reefs or under rocks and boulders. As an adult in it’s terminal phase it will only reach a maximum length of a whopping inch and a half, no wonder they are seldom seen!
We had a fun but freezing cold night dive last night, we were both so glad to get back! We found some cool corals and giant anemones to shoot under the blue-light but never found the orange cup corals, not even sure how that is possible unless they plain don’t fluoresce under blue-light?
Off to go biking, have a great day all…
Nov 19, 14 Comments Off on Snow Bass, Serranus chionaraia, Deep Sea Bass
Hi friends, I’ve been in the freezing cold, deep water labs all day photographing some beautiful fish and slit-shells that just came up last week. This is an adult Snow Bass, Serranus chionaraia from 300 feet and he’s only two inches in length! Ok, he may be small but this little sea bass makes up for his size with attitude! For example, we keep all the deep fish is separate small aquariums (so they don’t fight) and in order to photograph them I need to take them out of their temporary homes (one at a time) and put them in my photo tanks, not always an easy task! The second I put my little dip net in to grab him he went crazy jumping all the way out of his aquarium and into another, he was on fire! After seeing that I called in the experts, I don’t need to harm a mega $$$ fish just to get a photo. Once in my larger photo aquarium he immediately found a place to park and to calm down, I sometimes just leave them in there for an hour or so before even shooting them. This is just one of the many mega rare and desirable sea bass that we have here in Curacao, my favorites are still the Candy Bass which we also have in the deep labs right now all on their way to the States some time next week. Like many other deep-sea fish the full range of this species has yet to be established. In the wild they inhabit deep rocky areas mixed with sand and rubble and will eat just about anything like small crustaceans, shrimps and smaller fish.
Aimee and I are doing a fun blue-light night dive tonight starting at around 7:30 so I may have something new and fun for you all tomorrow!
Sorry so short, need to get home, grab some coffee and get back to work to prepare for the nights activities.
See you soon…
Nov 18, 14 Comments Off on Octopus Eye, Common Octopus vulgaris
Good morning all, rain, rain rain again, man did it pour last night! Before nightfall I covered our baby land turtles with a sheet of plywood followed by a tarp and to top it off dug a rain gutter to divert water that falls from the house. The rain was so hard at times I questioned whether the turtles were still dry and safe and even considered racing out there and taking them out but talked myself out of it each time knowing down deep they should be fine. So this morning the first thing I did was race out there and pull off wet tarp covered in puddles and removed the mostly wet piece of wood to find they were all walking around in a dry environment looking for breakfast. We are still looking for a home for these turtles, so if any of you know of a great spot let me know.
We have a submersible dive this morning at 11:00 and good news…… the underwater LIVE video camera is fixed and running, so you can watch us on the reef at around 11:20 at www.seesubmarine.com You can tune into this anytime during the day, it’s always on but remember there is a one hour delay in what your seeing.
Most of my loyal followers know that I have “pet sea creatures” of sorts in the wild, that I see just about everyday. My ghost shrimp is still my hands down favorite creature, I feed him algae everyday and he climbs up to the top of his hole and takes it from my hand, it is so cool! You all know about the school of bogas and my super cool giant porcupinefish which I posted many times, these are but a few of the animals that are always here and call our reef home. Above is the eye of who I call “Mr. Trouble Maker”, a Common Octopus who is into everything! By this I mean, he is eating my juvenile Queen conchs, scaring my hermit crabs and terrorizing my sea urchins, he’s an eight armed bully! We have two main octopus here, one you see during the day, the common octopus (above) and the other only comes out at night, the Caribbean reef octopus. The homes of either one of these species is easy to find if you look closely. They tend to grab their food and take it back to their rocky dens where there is always a pile of freshly eaten shells or crabs laying scattered in front of their caves. If the shell is too big to be taken back they will just “stop and dine” but prefer to be a bit hidden, good thing they have the ability to change colors in the blink of an eye.
I have to get some dive gear ready for the day ahead.
See you soon…
Nov 17, 14 Comments Off on Spotted Trunkfish, Lactophrys bicaudalis, Boxfishes
Good morning from the Curacao rain forests! Since you last heard from me it has basically been raining and at times very hard! This is the official start of the rainy season and the island has gone from blow away in the wind dry to soaking wet green almost overnight! The downside to all the rain is the mosquitos and our mosquitos are the size of hummingbirds! We currently have a sickness that is sweeping the island called Chikungunya which is transmitted through infected mosquito bites! There are currently 25 Caribbean nations battling this sickness and many of our friends are home sick with it, we are keeping the doors shut at home and swinging our electronic zappers non-stop!
I have a very small juvenile Spotted Trunkfish, Lactophrys bicaudalis for your viewing pleasure today that I found last friday. These boxfish are more difficult to find than the Smooth Trunkfish and they are hundred times more shy! We rarely see these little two inch juveniles, they really stay hidden and even as adults avoid divers, which is funny because their cousins the smooth trunkfish are everywhere and very curious.
So good news, we found a home for our flightless parakeet. We spent friday evening getting his giant cage downstairs (what a major task), cleaning it and then on saturday loading it in the back of a borrowed pick-up. Then at 1:00 driving him and his dwelling out to a bird sanctuary of sorts to be with others of his kind. A photo was sent to me this morning of him in his cage with two others, this is the first time since we rescued him that he has had room-mates, it’s a wonderful thing!
Biking has been difficult as of late with all the rain, my trails are pretty flooded so I am sticking to just riding on the road, not a whole lot of fun!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my Mom, will try to call her this evening and she what she did on her special day!!
Have a great day all!!
Nov 13, 14 Comments Off on Orange Cup Corals Seen Under Blue-Light
Good morning amigo’s!! We had such a great blue-light night dive last night entering at around 7:30 and exiting around 9:00 with very little air left! I used my 28-70 lens that was sitting around collecting dust, I figured I would give the macro a little break and try something new. We had one of those dives that was just fun from start to finish. Aimee was the finder of things, she would signal me with her light, blinding me at times and I would rush over and see what she found, she kept me busy non-stop all night! Our main goal was to find the glowing scorpionfish again but we never found him, we have only seen him once and we only had the macro lens. Above is a super beautiful colony of Orange Cup corals as seen under the magic of blue-light, talk about beautiful! The oranges and reds surrounding the corals are algae and cyano bacteria’s which as you can see really glow under blue-light. We found a big lobster last night that was glowing a yellowish-green color but he wasn’t so interested in stopping to have his photo taken but you can bet I will keep trying. We also found a Banded Coral Shrimp that was beautiful under blue-light but with the 28-70 lens he was tough to shoot. We are finding that most fish do not fluoresce unless they are lizardfish, flounders or scorpionfish but who knows we may end up finding something new and cool.
Hope all is well out there….
Off to the sea,
Nov 12, 14 Comments Off on Juvenile Striped Parrotfish, Scarus iserti
Good afternoon folks. I have some baby/juvenile Striped Parrotfish, Scarus iserti for your viewing pleasure today. Like most parrotfish these little sweethearts will go through four different stages and color changes in their life starting with larval, juvenile (above), initial and a terminal phase. Juvenile Striped Parrotfish can be seen just about anywhere here on the Curacao reefs. They are usually found in groups of mixed species of the similar age and for the most part appear unconcerned. They constantly stop to scrape algae from rocks and corals giving you photographers ample time for those seemingly hard to get photos. After a few weeks these little two inch juveniles will start their 1st changes into adulthood starting with a yellow tail and the yellow disappearing on their nose and forehead. Then comes the major change with most of the browns disappearing being replaced with beautiful shades of blue, yellows, pinks, and some serious beautiful aqua highlights, parrotfish are just plain cool! In most pictures you will find on the web it looks like they have white stripes but this is because the camera flash destroys the light blue color that is supposed to be there. Shooting at a higher F-stop and a little less light one should be able to capture their real colors.
We got up early today and took off to Saint Joris bay to walk the dogs and to some beach combing and as usual we packed home a bunch of little beach treasures. Well one piece wasn’t so little, it was a six foot piece of driftwood in the shape of a long, hollowed out bowl that will look super cool on legs, we couldn’t resist! The dogs had a great time and are now in air-co heaven having puppy dreams, Inca’s foot is finally back to normal but Indi has some kind of weird skin infection that we are trying to fight, it’s always something!
We are planning on doing a fun blue-light night dive tonight so I need to get all that gear ready to go which will take quite awhile!
Stay warm out there friends……….
Nov 11, 14 Comments Off on Fish Faces, Caribbean Fish Face Photos
Good morning friends, here’s a few more “fish faces” for your viewing pleasure today that I got yesterday morning right here on our own Substation house reef! Most of you know that for the past year I have really trying harder than usual to get some fun fish face photos but as it turns out these are the hardest photos I have ever tried to shoot! Why you ask?? Go ahead ask why!! Fish are not prone to look a diver or a potential predator in the face, they just want to flee! I spend most of my dives in hot pursuit and mostly taking tail shots. Occasionally a fish will stop and if curious look at the camera for a fraction of a second and if said photographer is ready and if your settings are correct you could end up with some kind of fun whimsical fish face expression. Most important, you will need patience! Ask yourself before entering the water, do you want 100 so-so photos or 10 really great ones?? I am almost ashamed to say how long I have “tailed a fish” (no pun intended) with my eye glued to the housing waiting for that perfect shot and many times I return without anything!
For you camera minded individuals, these were shot at 160/F25 using two DS-160 Ikelite strobes, Ikelite housing and a Nikon D-800. I started shooting the fish faces with much more depth of field over the past year because as you can see in the top photo, that’s a long fish! If I were to use F8 for instance on that shot only his eye would be in focus and the mouth would be out of focus or the other way around, his mouth would be sharp and the eye not, using a larger F-stop means more detail. And yes as many of you are thinking, a larger F-stop means more light, this is correct! If you shoot manual like I do then just adjust your light output on the strobes a little at a time or for the rest of you your built in TTL metering should do the trick.
So much to do….
Have a great day!!
Nov 10, 14 Comments Off on Harlequin Bass, Serranus tigrinus, Sea Basses
Good afternoon all, I did an early morning dive that lasted an hour and 45 minutes and I’m still trying to catch up on my monday “to do list”! I have a super cool little sea bass for you all today called a Harlequin Bass, Serranus tigrinus. These are such beautiful, curious little fish and they only get to around three and a half inches in length! The Harlequin Bass is an unusual striking yellow and black mottled mottled color on the ventral side, with black and white mottling on the dorsal half. These common sea bass inhabit low-profile reefs, coral rubble and sea grass and hunt for small crustaceans in pairs just above the bottom. This one here opened his mouth wide a few times as if to say “your boring me” or “you want some of this”?? Either way I kept shooting and finally did leave, they are very territorial fish!
So how was the weekend out there?? I’m getting reports of real live winter conditions in many parts of the World but NOT here! We are having some of the hottest most humid weeks this year and let me tell you I would love a little of the cold stuff at this point! I spent a good part of my weekend visiting all my Geocaches and collecting the containers. I have decided that after four years of constantly attending to these Geocache containers that I am done with it! I closed six of them so far, I only have three left and only one that is at the World famous Dive Bus Hut will stay active, the others are out of here! Along with the Geocaches I did some great walks with the dogs and we visited an old inlet on the North coast that was a complete mountain of driftwood! So much in fact you could only see what was on the outside and no way to dig through it without being injured! I brought home a few pieces that will go into our collection and will for sure go wherever we do. Yesterday I left the house at 3:15 in the heat of the day and took off on a long hot 30 mile mountain bike ride and was completely soaked to the bone when I got home, not a fun time of the year to visit the Caribbean! For New Years Eve this year we are leaving the fireworks behind and going camping while friends stay at our house for the night. I found a beautiful “secret garden” of sorts this weekend in a densely wooded area that is just begging for a tent, it will be a perfect place to camp!
Have a great monday….
Nov 7, 14 Comments Off on Atlantic Giant Cockle, Live Curacao Sea-Shells
Good afternoon friends, I found what I think is a Atlantic Giant Cockle or Great Heart Cockle, Dinocardium robustum while night diving at around 50 feet out in front of our Substation lagoon. The top photo is what I saw first and what made me stop and got me thinking, “what the heck is that”?? With a closer look and the wave of a hand over the sand I could see it was a live shell buried with it’s mouth open. I then fanned my hand more until all the sand was gone and you could see the whole animal as you see in photo 2 and 3. Then once the sand settled I set him back down and within minutes he reburied himself, (photo 4 and 5) what a cool little creature!
A cockle is a small, edible, saltwater clam, a mollusk in the family Cardiidae. Various species of cockles live in sandy, sheltered beaches throughout the world. The distinctive rounded shells of cockles are bilaterally symmetrical, and are heart-shaped when viewed from the end. Numerous radial evenly-spaced ribs occur in most but not all genera (for an exception, see the genus Laevicardium, the egg cockles, which have very smooth shells). Cockle shells are able to close completely (i.e., they do not have a “gape” at any point around their edges). Though they may superficially resemble scallops, cockles can be distinguished from scallops morphologically in that cockle shells lack “auricles” (triangular ear shapes near the hinge line) and scallop shells lack a pallial sinus. Behaviorally, cockles also live buried in sediment whereas scallops live on the sea floor attached by a byssus or are free-living.
The mantle has three apertures (inhalant, exhalant, and pedal) for siphoning water and for the foot to protrude. Cockles typically burrow using the foot, and feed by filtering plankton from the surrounding water. Cockles are capable of “jumping” by bending and straightening the foot. As is the case in many bivalves, cockles display gonochorism (the sex of an individual varies according to conditions), and some species reach maturity quickly.
Confusingly, the common name “cockle” is also given (by seafood sellers) to a number of other small, edible marine bivalves which have a somewhat similar shape and sculpture, but are in other families such as the Veneridae (Venus clams) and the Arcidae (ark clams). Cockles in the family Cardiidae are sometimes known as “true cockles” to distinguish them from these other species.
There are more than 200 living species of cockles, with many more fossil forms. The common cockle, Cerastoderma edule, is widely distributed around the coastlines of Northern Europe, with a range extending west to Ireland, the Barents Sea in the north, Norway in the east, and as far south as Senegal. The dog cockle, Glycymeris glycymeris, has a similar range and habitat to the common cockle, but is unrelated. It is inedible due to its toughness when cooked, although a process is being developed to solve this. The blood cockle, Anadara granosa (not related to the true cockles, instead in the family Arcidae) is extensively cultured from southern Korea to Malaysia.
Have a great weekend all, I have to take my bike in to get it fixed for my ride on Sunday.
Nov 6, 14 Comments Off on Sleeping Parrotfish, Parrotfish Cocoon, Parrotfish
Good morning from wet Curacao!! The rains started at around 2:00 this morning and it’s still going, we have very overcast skies at the moment. Aimee took off out the desert early to feed the birds and to see if she could spot her little pigeon she released a few days ago but no “for sure” spotting.
I did a fun night dive last night starting at around 8:00 and took the macro lens as my weapon of choice. I ran across so many sleeping parrotfish last night, (more than normal) and started shooting away, a sleeping fish is an easy subject to photograph. The top two photos show how parrotfish secrete mucus (from their mouths) to form a sleeping bag or cocoon of sorts that covers their whole body and protects them from the creatures of the night, like eels for instance! I’ve noticed that the parrotfish that secrete the mucus are always in the shallows (above 20 feet) and wedge themselves deep into the rocks more than the parrotfish on the reef that just lay out in the open with no mucus sack as seen in the last photo. The third photo shows a smaller parrotfish laying flat on one side using just camouflage as a hiding technique and again feels there is no need for a mucus cocoon.
Lots of thunder outside, I guess our monsoon season has officially arrived!
Thanks for all the wonderful compliments in the past weeks, you all are wonderful!
See you soon…
Nov 5, 14 Comments Off on Whimsical Fish Face Photo, Porcupinefish Face
Good morning all, remember a week ago when I posted the story about the giant porcupinefish we saved on the beach?? Here is the link to that story if you didn’t get to read it…
Well this looks just like the one we saved and is about the same size except this one is our buddy who lives out on our reef in front of the Substation and we see him just about every time we go out! I mean really talk about a fish with a great expression!! You can easily see why these giant odd shaped swimmers are one of my hands down favorites and why divers love them so much!! Photos like this are made possible thanks to our friends at Ikelite who make the Worlds finest strobes and housings for your underwater photography pleasure! And NO you don’t need to spend $10,000 on a camera, housing and strobes to get these type of photos, Ikelite has a housing for just about any brand of point and shoot camera and all you need is a strobe or two to go with it! It’s really all about light!
And since we are on the subject of Ikelite, check out our new DEEP SEA STAMPS that they posted on their site yesterday at www.ikelite.com And since your there check out the drop down menu at the top that says “INSPIRATION”. Here you will find articles and tutorials, video’s and galleries, photos school and the Ambassadors. Those of you with GoPro’s will loose your mind when you see the sexy tray and VEGA video lights that are just bgging to be wrapped for Christmas, I love my set more than anything and use them everyday! Here is the link for those, http://www.ikelite.com/lighting/2107.2-vega-dual-kit-gopro-flex.html
Getting ready for a blue-light dive this evening and can hardly wait, have a great day!!
See you soon,
Nov 4, 14 Comments Off on Deep Sea Hermit Crab Found Living in a Sponge
Good morning friends, I have a very rare, “monotypic” hermit crab called Protoniopagurus bioperculatus, in full splendor that was brought up last friday by the Smithsonian Institution and our crew at Substation Curacao from 808 feet!! This is such a major cool find!! In the four years I have been photographing deep-water hermits this is the first one like this I have seen. The little round piece of sponge that he lives in and carries everywhere is only about an inch and a half in diameter. And since this is a sponge home he is hauling around it weighs almost nothing meaning this guy can flat out move on the sand compared to his other relatives that are using discarded shells and rocks. He was found out on a barren stretch of sand by our boss Dutch who said “he was easy to spot as he was the only thing moving, and he was moving fast”! The bottom photo shows how this crab hides himself when danger is present, he pulls his whole body into the sponge and uses those two giant claws as door.
For those of you stuck on the word “Monotypic” (above) I found this for you…..
A monotypic species is one that does not include subspecies or smaller, infraspecific taxa. Although the phrase appears to indicate that a taxon has a single type specimen (with no syntypes, lectotypes, or other types), this is not the usage. In the case of genera, the term “unispecific” is sometimes preferred. In short, he’s RARE!
The last of our Smithsonian group left this morning but will be back again before Christmas, we sure love having them all here!
Well lots to do, have a wonderful day….
Nov 3, 14 Comments Off on Deep Water Spider Crab, Giant Crabs, Anomalothir
Good afternoon all, I’m worn out from all the excitement around here over the past three days and have had a hard time getting to the blog today! Friday afternoon before the stamp ceremony the Smithsonian group was underwater in the submersible and found some insane crab specimens at depths ranging from 550 to 800 feet! Shown here are two of the wild crabs they found and the little one on top of the giant Spider Crabs head is from the genus Anomalothir and it seem he lives up there? The Spider Crab is well over a foot wide while the little guy on top is a just a few inches in height but makes up for his size in attitude! Watching the little one on top he looked like he was dancing up there with his two little claws straight out and his little legs swinging all over the place, talk about cool! I will post another crab tomorrow that could be a new species and he’s living inside a sponge, you have to see it to believe it! Today I have been in the deep-water labs all day photographing super cool creatures and setting up a new giant aquarium that this new Spider Crab will live in. To feed this guy I put a chunk of fish on the end of a long pair of tweezers and put it in front of his mouth, once he smells it he then grabs it with his claws and within seconds it’s gone! The little guy on top I did the same for but for him I gave him a clutch of fish eggs and he went crazy, a full crab is a happy crab!
So friday evening was the stamp ceremony at the American Consulate and pretty much anyone who was anyone was there! It was dumb of me not to have brought a GoPro, I could have easily filmed the whole ceremony and now I’m kicking myself! There were many speakers, like Carole Baldwin from the Smithsonian, Fredrick who runs the Post Office, James Moore from the Consulate, our Governor, my boss Dutch and on and on. Near the end of the talk they handed out framed sets of the stamps to all the visiting VIPS and of course yours truly was called up as well, not used to being in front of the camera but in this case it was fun!
On Saturday we all had to work. We again had the Smithsonian and a major VIP who was an ex-astronaut and they all took off down in the submersible for a full afternoon of exploring the deep reefs around the Sea Aquarium. I was of course waiting for them out with my giant school of Boga’s and when they did show up I spent around 10 minutes just doing a fun photo shoot with all involved, that’s always a crowd pleaser! On Sunday I met Dorian at 6:30 am for yet another 40 mile loop on the extreme course. We ended up having two more people join which in the end slowed our time considerably, what normally takes three hours took four and I was so glad to get back!
This morning monday, Aimee and I set out early before work to release our wild pigeon back into the wild. If you remember a month ago Aimee brought home a little baby bird she found and finally today we set it free. She went out there four times today to check on him and saw him twice, so lets pray he adapts quickly and joins a flock.
Well, time to walk the dogs and water the birds, we are also meeting our buddy Carole Baldwin for dinner, I love hanging out with celebs!
See you tomorrow…