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Bermuda Bottles Anna DeLoach BlennyWatcher.com

Bermuda Bottle Hunting

October 28, 2012

Bermuda, October 2012 ~ During a dive at Nonsuch Island three years ago, I found an intact marble bottle.  I wasn’t hunting for bottles; I was supposed to be counting fish, but the tiniest hint of aqua glass caught my eye and I started digging. It took about five minutes to free the sediment-filled bottle from the soft sand bottom but I was hooked at the last tug. Before I continue, I need to do some record straightening. A few … Read more Bermuda Bottle Hunting

Longhorn Blenny face Ned DeLoach BlennyWatcher.com

Longhorn Blenny Hunt

October 21, 2012

Bonaire, September 2012 ~ A new species for our life lists but the Longhorn Blenny images did not come easily. Ned describes our adventure in the latest post about our September stay with Buddy Dive in Bonaire over on our travel journal: marinelifeblog.com but I just had to share another super close-up blenny face here: (video at the end of this post) Longhorn Blennies (Hypsoblennius exstochilus) are in the family Blenniidae (Combtooth blennies.) They prefer shallow, surgy habitats in the … Read more Longhorn Blenny Hunt

Flying fish from Bermuda by Ned DeLoach - BlennyWatcher.com

Bermuda Flying Fish

October 15, 2012

October 2012 ~ Bermuda – an island where we ran wild with our obsessions! While I prepared to spend the morning bottle hunting with Tammy and Ken Marks, Chris Flook pulled up to our dive boat in his launch and rescued Ned, whisking him off to explore the Sargassum. An easterly wind had conveniently blown rafts of the seaweed into a nearby bay, giving Ned all the excuse he needed to jump ship. They came roaring back three hours later with a … Read more Bermuda Flying Fish

Brittle Star spawning Ned DeLoach BlennyWatcher.com

Bonaire Spawning 2012

September 30, 2012

 The first coral spawning event Ned and I ever witnessed was in Key Largo, Florida in August 1995. It was a giddy night, punctuated by the thrill of actually witnessing what we had set out to see – something that doesn’t always happen. We described it in our 1995 Ocean Realm article (downloadable here). Since then, we have observed fish and invertebrate (including coral) spawning in many different places but the week after the September full moon in Bonaire remains … Read more Bonaire Spawning 2012

Spinyhead Blenny Ned DeLoach BlennyWatcher.com

Blenny Face!

September 6, 2012

Bonaire, September 2012 ~ This is why they are called spinyheads! I have been examining Ned’s photo of a Spinyhead Blenny (Acanthemblemaria spinosa) for the past 30 minutes – I cannot get over the detail. Even with a flat port, diopter and tripod, I have never been able to capture a close-up video portrait that would allow me to examine the cirri and spines on the fuzzy little heads of these 1-inch fish. The amount and location of the cranial … Read more Blenny Face!

Chain moray Anna DeLoach BlennyWatcher.com

Colorful Bonaire

September 1, 2012

Bonaire, August 2012 ~ Happy Saturday! The BlennyWatcher is in Bonaire, where we’ve had a splendid two weeks catching up with news from old friends, meeting new and doing what we love most: scuba diving! This is our tenth year as resident naturalists at Buddy Dive, where we spend a month every summer talking fish with like-minded enthusiasts. Our dives have yielded some lovely, colorful images: I visited a Chain Moray, Echidna catenata, that has been in the same spot for … Read more Colorful Bonaire

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Beachcombing Treasures

August 25, 2012

Update 2016 ~ I posted a correction to this blog back in October 2012, but I posted it in another blog post. Recently, someone contacted me for assistance in identifying something found on a beach and I realized I should have made that correction in this post, so here it is: The “parrotfish beaks” below that I found on a previous trip to Bermuda are not from parrotfish at all – they are chiton shells. An alert reader corrected me. You can … Read more Beachcombing Treasures

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Blue-Ringed Octopus Catches Crab

August 19, 2012

Bali, Indonesia ~ I spotted the Blue Ringed Octopus as it swam across an open expanse of rubble and landed on a small rock. It was late afternoon and the current was quite strong, so I had decided to head back to the shallows where there was more light and where it would be easier to get back to the boat. I spotted the octopus and forgot all about the marginal conditions. We have had more success observing blue rings catching … Read more Blue-Ringed Octopus Catches Crab

Ned DeLoach and pyrosome

Observations: Pyrosomes and Squid Eggs

August 2, 2012

Today on Blennywatcher, I’m sharing images of two things that are not related, but caused us some confusion a few years ago. In Beangabang Bay, Indonesia, Ned and I encountered what we were certain was a very large squid egg case. It turned out not to be so, but at that moment we were certain that was what we had. It was long and tubular, similar in color and shape to the Diamond Squid egg case we’d seen in photos. We … Read more Observations: Pyrosomes and Squid Eggs

Juvenile sole, Soleichthys maculosus

Mimicry: The Sole and the Flatworm

May 7, 2012

Bali, Indonesia – March 2012  We have this image of a lovely juvenile sole thanks to our friend Mark Willis who found it on a muck slope while the rest of us were photographing nudibranchs and a cool blenny. He had shown it to Ned and several others in our group but by the time I got there, it was lost. Mark showed me the image on the back screen of his digital camera; my pantomimed  “knife to my heart” … Read more Mimicry: The Sole and the Flatworm