This week’s Photo Friday entry: ’What I found’
I couldn’t resist the play on Finding Nemo for this weeks theme but it does lead me onto another topic nicely, critter hunting!
If you’re anything like me, you’ll lose the dive guide within minutes of entering the water (not on purpose usually but they often don’t like to hang around in one place too long). The means it’s necessary to develop you own set of “critter eyes”, a specific mindset and eyesight that allows you to find your own critters to see and photograph. Obviously its great when your dive buddy is a good spotter too and you can share the work of finding cute creatures. Sometimes it takes me a day of so to really get my eye in for a new area but after that its then a challenge to find smaller and smaller creatures without the aid of a dive guide or spotter. Hopefully here are some tips which you can use to become better spotters. Its also nice to pass along this good fortune and show others what you’ve found if there is someone diving nearby.
Here are some of the tiny critters I’ve found myself while out diving…
Blennys are a good one because you can look at the coral polyp shapes and quickly spot anomalies in the patterns which might be holes with blennys hiding inside. If you’re very lucky sometimes you spot a homeless one just hanging out on the top of the coral, like this one below from Cayman:
Knowing a little bit about whats sorts of habitat common critters have its a great way to find them. Eg find a sea fan, then cowries, pygmy seahorse and hawkfish are more likely. Tiny squat lobsters and crinoid shrimps can be found in crinoids (usually around the crinoid legs), the list could go on.
I hope you found my list useful and if you have any tips or techniques of your own for finding creatures then please add them in the comments below so we can all learn something new
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