Thursday, March 19, 2009

South Cottesloe Beach - Octopuses, stingaree, stripeys

15 Mar 2009

"These guys were so docile
and they just quietly watched me photographing them
from their lairs."




Just because it's an overcast day, it doesn't mean you won't see much underwater. Besides the black-spotted catshark, I also saw three octopuses!



I only managed to get some good shots of two of the octopuses anyway. These guys were so docile and they just quietly watched me photographing them from their lairs.


And I saw a stingaree resting under a rock in shallow water (1 m or so).
The fish is about 50 cm in length.


Lovely stripeys (Microcanthus strigatus)! Underwater butterflies!
Their bright colors plus the way they move around always reminds me of butterflies!


A male prickly leatherjacket (Chaetodermis penicilligera), a zoanthid colony (Zoanthus praelongus) (again!), and a Western Australia nudibranch (Chromodoris westraliensis)(again!)

All these plus the sighting of the catshark made the day's snorkeling experience a fantastic one!

1 comment:

Denis Wilson said...

Hi Chai
Great shots of the Occy.
The one where it is sitting up, looking at you is fascinating.
Cheers
Denis

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