Yesterday’s swim

A small shoal of convict tang feeding.
I think this is a spotted coral blenny on a head of purple cauliflower coral, and possibly a small trumpetfish.

This is a second response to this week’s Sunday Stills challenge theme of ‘Waterworld.’ (See more responses here.) Yesterday, I posted about the movie Waterworld. Today, it’s a probably more expected response.

These are photos I took during my swim yesterday. Visibility in the water was patchy with some good areas and some not so good. I didn’t see anything startling, though the mackerel shads aren’t a common sight. Last time I saw such a shoal there was a great barracuda lurking on the other side. I looked around and, sure enough, there was another one looking interested as it cruised low down, too low for a decent photo.

The other oddity was in the photo at left. I saw what I think is a spotted coral blenny on this patch of cauliflower coral, and snapped a quick photo before it took off. But it was only when I processed the photos that I saw something else, to the left and slightly below the blenny. I think it’s a small trumpetfish, but it could be something else. A lot of small fish and other creatures hide in coral heads so I must pay more attention from here on.

In short, it was a fairly typical swim.

A shoal of mackerel scad on the left with yellow tang on the right.
Little fish enjoy the comparative safety of the shallow water in the surge zone.
On the left, a fourspot butterflyfish and a cushion star. On the right, black triggerfish are cleaned by a Hawaiian cleaner wrasse.
Just before getting out I saw this small Pacific trumpetfish with goldring surgeonfishes.

11 thoughts on “Yesterday’s swim

    1. Graham Post author

      I used to have a small waterproof camera, which worked fine until water got in and then it was instantly dead. Now I have a small Canon point-and-shoot camera in a waterproof housing. I like this setup better because even if a bit of water gets in the housing it’s not necessarily going to ruin the camera. Touch wood, I haven’t had any issues with it yet. I’m mostly a snorkeler and not a great diver so most shots, including all these, are from the surface. Every once in a while I’ll dive down, but I find that’s better for things that don’t move around too much. If I dive for fish, they’re gone by the time I get down to them.

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      1. SandyL

        Interesting. I never thought about it, but just like wildlife photography involves a whole lot of waiting around, underwater photography must be doubly so. Marvelous that you have such clear waters that you can take your photos from the surface. Amazing.

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        1. Graham Post author

          Less clear waters than they used to be unfortunately, but still not bad, particularly on the good days. I don’t wait around much for photos. If I see something interesting, I try and get a quick photo because the fish might be gone in an instant.

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  1. naturebackin

    A lovely collection of interesting and atmospheric shots – I could almost feel the gentle tug and pull of the surge and the sun on my back. But no, instead a cold front is currently arriving, temperatures are dropping with a promise of snow on the mountains tomorrow brrr.

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      1. naturebackin

        Thanks. We lit our first fire of the season in our wood burner today 🙂 The cats and dogs are thrilled! Enjoy your late spring – or is it early summer yet? Incredibly its less than a month to go until solstice.

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        1. Graham Post author

          Late spring here technically, but starting to feel like summer. When I lived in Washington State, I used to delay that first fire of the fall for as long as possible as, to me, it signaled that it was all downhill, temperature-wise, from then on.

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