Posted by: octogirl7 | December 27, 2015

Sand is the bomb!

Well, ok, sand is not as cool as octopuses.  However, there is SO MUCH in the sand that we mostly wouldn’t notice.

I found an operculum and took the picture.  (As you’ll remember, the operculum is the “stopper” for the shell, so predators cannot enter the innards of the shell.) Then when I printed the photo, I found other cool shells nearby.

Here’s the original photo:

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Operculum au naturelle

Then blown up once:

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Operculum times 2

I think there are at least a couple other opercula nearby.  And other cool shells, too!

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And we all thought it was just brown stuff!

There were also 5 octopuses today and a frog fish. I told my sweetheart that the frog fish was getting boring: hardly ever moves! And of course, not so pretty:

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Frog fish…same pose, different day.

See what I mean? OK, its mouth is open a bit more than yesterday, but really.  Unless they are eating or moving to another spot, it just don’t look that different from any other day I’ve seen it. However, it’s a whole other story if you’ve never seen it! It becomes a challenge.

Two octopuses actually blew water at me.  Have they been talking to each other?!

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Octopus #2 blows water at me

You can see the siphon and the eye above that.  And of course the gunk in the water once it blew at me.

Almost forgot sunrise:

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7:08 a.m.

And palm trees

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Palm trees, clouds and the moon!

Since I’ve been concentrating harder lately, because of the funky visibility, I found a turban shell.  It’s really too bad we cannot collect these.  And no, I’m not going to start.

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Turban shell

If I HAD to guess, I would guess it was not in use by the original animal.  When occupied, I usually see them with the open end down in the sand, with the shell on its back.  In another shot, I saw a bit more inside the shell and it looked filled with sand.  And if you’re thinking OK, then why not harvest it?!  Two reasons: 1. illegal and 2. a hermit crab could be homeless if one takes these shells!

I did see a cute little hermit crab walking around inside some coral, but I couldn’t catch the action.  So many times the light is really wrong, or the the animal is smaller than my capabilities to shoot.

And I have gotta remember: Soon I’m going to do another color study, but this time with orange:

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Orange

There is just so much of it!  Lots of it is rock, but some is fish fins and some is sunrises.  Endless possibilities.

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Even the tough humu has some orange.

All it will take is time and snooping back through previous months of photos.  It might take a while: considering that for each blog, I take about 350-400 pictures, it will be some kind of project to look back into them all and copy out the oranges I found.

And last but not least: the plant that really wanted to live…so much so that it placed itself in between lava rock wall and sidewalk. Now that’s determination:

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Oh crazy determined!

 

 

 

 

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