Posted by: octogirl7 | August 21, 2015

Four octofeesh!!!

I am still stunned and very thankful for 4 octopus views!  After such a long time of none or 1, 4 really seems like a huge blessing.

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Octopus #1…can you see it without enlarging?

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Octopus #1 peeking at me!

They will do this sometimes: if you back off after they see you, they will eventually get curious and slide up to take another look, to try to figure out what you are doing.  If only I could train them all that I only take pictures, not bites!

Of the four octopus I saw today, 3 were youngsters, like this one.  Ever so thankful for the bounty!

Before the octopuses, (you can tell what has the highest priority for me), I saw this scorpion fish:

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Can you see it?

Don’t feel badly if you can’t.  It is very well camouflaged and if it hadn’t moved, I probably wouldn’t have spotted it either. It’s in the bottom third of the photo, in the center.  Look for the fin below the body.  Yeah, quite the ambush predator!

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Easier to see it in this shot.

Look again in the center of the photo….the tail is leaning at the bottom of the red rock.  Humpy back.  Fin spread out.  Mouth slightly agape.  Eyes not so obvious, but very intriguing…Unfortunately, this one didn’t move so the colors under the fins could be seen.  They have very cool orange and dark colors underneath their fins.

And for Perry,

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Sunrise on the water.

I saw 2 barracuda today, definitely not usual.  I’m not sure if they were different types, but the coloration was different:

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This one is kinda plaid.

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Barracuda..look for the dark triangles on the tail.  NOT a great photo, but he was hiding!

This one was taken in the deeper part of the pond, so vis was not as good.

And for my friend Darrene on Kauai, a turtle!

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This young one had been tagged, one silver tag under each armpit.

And the shell for the day, a Triton:

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There was definitely an animal still using it..

If you enlarge, you can see the hard, brown operculum, which covers the opening of the shell, protecting the animal inside.  The opercula that I normally see are white, with a cool swirl on the underside.  Hard like a rock, too.

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Sergeant major.

Alex would probably call it a Sgt minor, since it’s so small.  ha

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Here’s octopus #4, hoping I would go away, sooner rather than later…

And last but not least, a very nice male trunk fish:

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Almost forgot the morning colors:

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Does it get any better than that?

well, maybe if there were no snorkelers in the water, but at least they were swimming.

And on a good note: I heard a man telling his two young sons, as they walked down the hill, to be sure NOT to walk on the coral!  He also pointed out those in the water who were doing so.   Maybe people CAN learn!

Thank you, God!

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  1. Thanks!!


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