Bottletail and Bobtail Squids Bury Themselves in the Sand
Indonesia, Philippines and Papua New Guinea — 2012-2019
Bottletail and bobtail squids are small cephalopods found in many of the world’s oceans. They are nocturnal and spend the daytime buried in the sand. At night they come out to forage, and if disturbed by your dive light, they will bury themselves so that only their eyes exposed.
Burrowing Brittle Stars Transport Food Along Arms
California, Indonesia and the Philippines — 2013-2017
Burrowing brittle stars bury themselves in sand or rubble bottoms with two or three legs sticking up. They use the protruding legs to filter feed, then sequentially flex their tube feet to transfer the food particles down along the arms and into their mouths.
Palos Verdes Dives – October 2020 from the
Palos Verde Peninsula, CA — October 2020
Two more dive days in October brought us more of the usual Palos Verdes subjects: nudibranchs, snails, skeleton shrimps, juvenile pinto abalone and other small invertebrates.
Amphipod Attacks Pteraeolidia Eating Its Hydroid Home
Tulamben, Bali, Indonesia — July 2015
Colorful flea-sized amphipods can often be found living on flower-like hydroids on the sandy slopes of the Indo-Pacific. Unfortunately for the amphipods, these hydroids are a favorite food of several nudibranchs. Here, one plucky little amphipod tries in vain to defend his hydroid home.
Diving the White Point Outfall Pipe on the Giant Stride, September 26, 2020
Palos Verde Peninsula, CA — September 2020
Our good friend and dive buddy Walter has been trying to get us to dive the sewer outfall pipe at White Point for a while. This week we finally listened to him—and we’re glad we did! The pipe and surrounding rocks are covered with small fish, nudis, colorful snails and loads of juvenile abalone.
Catalina Island on the Giant Stride,
September 19, 2020
Catalina Island, CA — September 2020
A trip out to one of our Channel Islands looking for California mantis shrimps. We found a bunch, along with orangethroat pikeblennies and some other nice video subjects.
Lined Sea Hare Mating Aggregation
Triton Bay and Tulamben, Bali, Indonesia — 2015-2019
Stylocheilus striatus, also known as a lined sea hare, is a sea slug that can be found in tropical oceans around the world. They sometimes form mating chains or large aggregations to increase fertilization efficiency. In one case here, an emperor shrimp joins the party.
Hot Summer Days Diving on the Cool Palos Verdes Reefs
Palos Verde Peninsula, CA — August/September 2020
A highlight reel from our most recent two days out on the Giant Stride. I shot mostly the itty bitty critters as usual, including a pretty red-banded snapping shrimp I had never seen before.
Diving the Palos Verdes Reefs on the Giant Stride, August 15, 2020
Palos Verde Peninsula, CA — August 2020
Another day out on our local reefs on our favorite boat with our favorite dive buddies. As usual, I spent my dives searching out and shooting nudibranchs and other teeny weeny subjects.
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