DISTRACTIONS

(midnight – promoted by Nightprowlkitty)

Friday again.

It seems the interval between them is constantly shorter.

This week I`m going to bother you to take a little trip from our normal world to another one that I have tried to recreate for a number of years.

There is a little bit of underhandedness in these distractions, since, through these images, I hope to make you even more aware than I imagine you already are, to the importance of  preserving the natural beauty of our oceans, the greatest machine that runs this planet.

It`s a free ride to see the specimens of my reefs, so snorkel up.

DOPEY IN A CORAL BED

 TORCH BATH DSCN5871

NEON PREDATOR

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RED SPOTTED BLENNY

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YELLOW TANG

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DOPEY

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DOPEY IN A CORAL BED

 TORCH BATH DSCN5871

TOMATO CLOWNFISH

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TOMATO CLOWNFISH 2

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GREEN EYED HAWKFISH

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CLEANER WRASSE

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MAROON CLOWNFISH

 MAROON CLOWN detail DSCN6180

FLUFFY

 FLUFFY DSCN6255

BANGAII CARDINALFISH

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HAWKFISH (DETAIL)

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PINEAPPLE WELLSI

  WELLSI BLASTOMUSA DSCN5774

SIX LINE WRASSE

 6 LINE WRASSE DSCN1784

CORAL BANDED SHRIMP

 CORAL BANDED HEAD DSCN5780

BLUE LEGGED HERMIT

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REVERSE GOLDENTAIL EEL

WHITE MOUTH flat  DSCN4607

TOMATO CLOWNFISH 2 or 3

 TOMATO DSCN6590

COPPER BAND BUTTERFLY FISH

(With Green Bubble Coral)

 BUBBLE COPPER DSCN5169

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  1. Remember, I post these for your pleasure.

    I shall endeavor to respond to any questions or comments related to these images or not.

    Feel free to ask anything about any of these specimens, as I`m quite familiar with them.

    I also propagate corals, that as a “reefer”, trade to others in this hobby, to prevent more of them being removed from the oceans.

    Although they are all animal, corals are quite easily propagated similarly to plant cuttings.

    Enjoy, & keep breathing.

  2. blue-headed, chose their preferred places on the reef out of some innate preference, or whether it was learned, and therefore arbitrary.  So he found two populations on separate reefs and transplanted and swapped them entirely.  No original members were left from either population.  If their preferences were “innate” wrasse preferences, each transplanted population should select the preferred preferences of the previous population, whereas if the selections were aribtrary, they should select entirely different preferred locations.

    Guess what happened.

  3. You’ve provided some very colorful reminders about what’s at stake if we allow the plunder of our planet’s ecosystem to continue unabated.

    Hope you’re enjoying a great weekend, Knucklehead!

  4. Amazing images.  

    I love them all, except one.  The Reverse Goldentail Eel looks so much like Rahm Emanuel I had to skim past that one.  If it had a red power tie on, no one would be able to tell them apart.    

    • Xanthe on March 7, 2010 at 6:05 am

    These fish are so beautiful – I’m a vegetarian who doesn’t eat fish either (many do).  And people make light of this – “they’re only fish.”  But I know they feel in some unknown fish way.  I am touched by MomCat’s story.

    and are these salt water fish?  Why do they develop such a myriad of colorful forms?

    • RUKind on March 7, 2010 at 7:08 am

    Got in some great snorkeling. Saw a lot of humuhumunukunukuapa’a. I got to see one pair do a mating ritual. Sublime.

    Back to Plymouth on Monday. Time to get the seeds started for this year’s garden.

    Aloha from Kapa’au, Big Island. I’ll do an essay when I get home from Obama-land.

  5. Do some, most or all of your sea creatures seem to have distinct personalities, or are such anthropomorphic thoughts merely wishful thinking?  How do you get them to pose?  Are some more difficult subjects than others?

    BTW — I posed some answers to a question you raised on my most recent Original v. Cover essay that you might find helpful.  

    Hope all is going well for you.

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