I have been told there are no sea snakes here. It makes sense. Snakes breath air. This was a spotted eel. He was going along the bottom when we found him. I was stuck. I had just caught another puffer in my left hand. I had my camera in the right. That left me with no way to adjust the camera. And I needed another hand for the flashlight. Yes I could have used help from the octopus. This is a very rare find. The kids saw one in December but we only got a small part of the body – no head shot.
On a night dive it is special to see an octopus. I guess it is the season right now. I was fortunate to see them quite frequently in the flurry of recent dives. We caught this guy in the open! That is unusual. He was unsure whether to run or hide. So we split the difference. I was able to get the shots. I have been in the Red Sea for a while. And to see an octopus is not usual. For some reason all my dive buddies were seeing them and sharing their observations. Sometimes you just hit it right.
This school of fish was migrating over the reef in huge numbers. The light just didn’t let me get good detail. They were colorful. The fish seemed to be migrating. I kept looking around. There were probably big fish looking for a tasty fish dinner too. And I was not interested in meeting any large predators.
I get a window seat when I can. This was the trip from hell. I was flying to Detroit and landed in Chicago. I drove all night to arrive at 5:30AM and then did an interview all day. I was pretty tired. And on the flight out and headed home, well, there was this sunset. I’ve haven’t been back to Detroit. I have always said it is preferable to sit in a window seat.
Another rule in the sea: anything brightly colored should be avoided. From my reading these creatures store poison in vesicles, which it releases when threatened. So the bright markings are a warning. The shot you need is to see the horns and the tuft. These two guys were not too far from one another. I lifted a prayer rug and there they were. Prayer rug? Yes somebody discarded a rug into the sea. And the one on the white coral is striking in contrast. The actual size is about that of your little finger nail.
Jules and I staged some shots against cousin Vicki’s Japanese maple. I got to hold Nellie. We did random sessions like this. I used a DSLR, which was too heavy for selfies. Undoubtedly that is what I would have staged now. Yes there is an iPhone and a point and shoot handy for the shot. And no, Photoshop post processing is not an alternative in this case.
It’s a jellyfish. I have never seen one like this. And I have never seen one here on the reef till now. I was following my dive buddy and he swam over it. He said he’s seen them and thought nothing of it. Well I saw it move unnaturally to the current. So I poked it. Sorry. And it moved. So it was alive. Now I lifted it? And I could see the sucker pulsating. It didn’t have tentacles and it wasn’t translucent. But otherwise it behaved like a jellyfish. So I got my first shot of a jellyfish. Looking at it on the sandy sea bottom, it really didn’t look like much of anything. It’s a moon jellyfish in the guidebook.
I have countless shots of lionfish. But the quintessential shot is face on. The lionfish would rather swim away so it’s not common to get a head on shot. This one settled on a coral table. You can see the bulging clear corneas. It’s why they call them fish eye lenses. They don’t look particularly dangerous. But then again, don’t touch anything. Follow rule number one please.
This image has Andrew Cuomo current governor of NY. At the time he was attorney general. And there is former governor Elliot Spitzer to the left. His political career is legend. His brother is a fellow neurosurgeon. And the blonde is Hilary, the one and only. Even politicians walk as group politically arranged. The then current Mayor Bloomberg walked in his own group elsewhere. This was the one Columbus Day parade I attended. What was striking was how this was staged. A crowd of people walked in the avenue to the left of the politicians here. They provided a background crowd. The cameras were to the right of the politicians. This meant that as they walked there was an enthusiastic crowd of placard waving supporters always present in their background. It makes me sorry to see how the media is manipulated to give false impressions.