A huge Actinostola chilensis anemone from the depth of the almost unknown island of Madre de Dios, in Southern Chilean Patagonia.
This species is found in exposed areas with rocky substrate at depths of 20 to 278 m. Occasionally it is found on biogenic substrates. This species has separate sexes.
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This is a tiny (~5mm) Pyrosome (Greek for “fire body” because of their bioluminescence.)These are colonial animals called tunicates that swim in the ocean and migrate nightly with the zooplankton to filter feed on plankton near the surface. This is a small colony with just a few individual animals. Slides 4 and 5 show a pyrosome comprised of hundreds or thousands of individual animals called zooids. The zooids work in unison to jet propel the colony as they filter the water. They take water in through the exterior wall of the colony and exhale into the center space and out the large circular opening creating a jet stream of water. The large colony also shelters larval fish and other zooplankton, in this case 5 larval scad were using the pyrosome as a mobile home and safe space from predators. This larger specimen was the size and shape of a paint roller about 30cm (12 inches) long. Photographed on a night drift dive off Palm Beach, Florida #uwmacro#underwaterphotography#uwpics#uwphoto#blackwaterdiving#natureflorida#tinywildthings#pyrosome#pyrosomes#pyrosoma#plankton#zooplankton#invertebrate#invertebrates#marinebiology#tunicates#tunicate#pelagictunicate
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It was fascinating watching this squid hunt on last night's blackwater dive with @walkersdivecharters. This guy came right in on our lights and picked out a bunch of bait fish with the accuracy of a professional marksman. Amazing!! - Prints available at TheLivingSea.com -
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A Bigfin reef squid spotted during a Blackwater dive in Anilao last April. Can’t wait to do more Blackwater diving with @divecbr when I return to Crystal Blue Resort in 2019!
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Last night's star of the 10pm bonfire dive was a larval mimic octopus -- I was very much thrilled to finally see one on a dive. In this photo, it was joined by some ---pod (not sure which one, zoom left side tentacles) and a shrimp (?) that is out of focus. Awesome time with Master Ram, Master Penn and Avic!
Shot using Canon G7XII in Fantasea Housing + Symbiosis SS-2 + Big Blue torch during a bonfire dive in Basura, Anilao.
🦀Yeti Crab. 🦀The yeti crab (Kiwa hirsuta), an unusual, hairy crab with no eyes, was discovered in 2005 on a hydrothermal vent near Easter Island. It represents not only a new species but also a new genus—Kiwa, after the mythological Polynesian goddess of shellfish. This crab is so strange and unusual that an entire new family of animals had to be created to classify it. This specimen was found at the bottom of a 7,540-foot-deep ocean and for many, the creature remains a mystery. It has hairy pincer arms that host colonies of bacteria, which it used for cultivating food, protection and sensors that help it find a mate.
An angelic looking flying fish. A little bit of the beauty of drifting at night in the Gulf Stream. Heading out for another dive in one hour with @pura_vida_divers What wondrous creature will mother nature show me tonight. Photos available for sale.
Alright.. Let's try that one more time without Instagram cropping my vertical image. An encounter with a larval flounder less than an inch in size during a black water dive. — Prints available at TheLivingSea.com —