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.
Dec 19, 11 Comments Off on Rare/Deep Water Pearlfish, Carapidae, Sea Cucumber
Good evening readers, here is a creepy looking, rare new fish that we found at 850 feet living in complete darkness!! This crazy looking eight inch long fish is possibly a new species of Pearlfish in the family Carapidae. The adult Pearlfish (like the one below) has a most unusual home, it lives inside the body cavity of sea cucumbers. To allow it to slip in and out of its host easily, it has an eel-like body, no pelvic fins, and no scales. It is a silvery-white color with reddish markings. At night, the Pearlfish may swim out of the sea cucumber’s anus to go hunting for invertebrates to eat, returning to the body cavity tail first. However, the Pearlfish may also eat the gonads and other organs of its host. If your interest is peaked and you want to lean more about this fascinating creature then check out this fun link I found, it will answer any and all questions you may have concerning this very cool but scary looking fish! http://echinoblog.blogspot.com/2010/05/when-fish-live-in-your-cloaca-how-anal.html
For those asking about my health, I am doing much better this evening! Really that was one of the worst colds I have ever had, it’s amazing that they can knock you out for so long!
That’s about it for today, trying hard to get ready for Christmas but we are running out of time!
More tomorrow, Barry