Saturday, May 05, 2012

Picasso Triggerfish


Had a close encounter with one of these fellows during an awesome dive in Maldives.
Unfortunatly I wasn't carrying my UW camera along :-(
These unique and exquisite colours are abslolutely astonishing in the reef crystal clear waters!
I didn't have experienced the wrath of that particular triggerfish cause probably he wasn't guarding a clutch of eggs...

Friday, May 04, 2012

The Wonderful World of the Triggerfish

 

The triggerfish is a member of the Tetraodontiformes, an order that also includes pufferfish, filefish, and even the ocean sunfish, and is so named for the beak-like “teeth” of its mouth, which are perfect for cracking the shells of crustaceans and mollusks. Residing mainly in coral reef areas, the triggerfish has a distinctive body shape and notoriously bad temperament, especially if it happens to be guarding a clutch of eggs. Many SCUBA divers and snorkelers have experienced the wrath of a triggerfish, who will not hesitate to dart in for a bite, if it feels like there’s a threat to their throne. Their territory extends upward from the seafloor in a cone shape, so if a triggerfish seems like it might be a little feisty, it is best to swim horizontally away, rather than toward the surface. Besides being able to deliver a powerful chomp, the triggerfish poses little threat to humans. Some species of triggerfish harbor dangerous toxins in their skin and organs, so care must be taken if catching one for consumption. The name “triggerfish” comes from another defensive characteristic: two dorsal spines are erected when threatened, the first and tallest of which can only be released by depressing the second spine, much like a trigger on a gun. They can be found in nearly all shallow tropical and subtropical regions of the world, but they are most highly concentrated in the Indo-Pacific. Here are some of the many varieties of triggerfish you’ll encounter on a dive, but be careful to watch that trigger!

Friday, March 30, 2012

How to Talk Like a SCUBA Diver

If you’re new to SCUBA diving, there are some terms and phrases divers use that may confuse you, so we thought we’d give you a little translation guide accompanied by relevant pictures to help you get the hang of the lingo. Once you have a grasp on what these words and phrases mean, you’ll be able to understand what the heck your diver friends are talking about, or even use them to impress your non-SCUBA friends. With enough practice, you too can learn to talk like a SCUBA diver!
How to Talk Like a SCUBA Diver

Monday, September 05, 2011

The Under Dog

And now something completely different...
I framed this cool mountain doggie in Piornedo,Ancares,Galicia,Spain last june.
He's just eagerly laid down for the pic posing to my camera in a VID (very important dog) mood :-)
What I found interesting about the pic shot is that apart from the cool doggie pose, one can see the mountains reflected in the window door behind him .
Pretty cool, don't you think ?

Monday, August 22, 2011

Panama Pork Fish Parade

Few scientists could have "dreamt of such an extraordinary recovery of marine life at Cabo Pulmo," Sala said in a statement (pictured, Panama porkfish swim by a Cabo Pulmo reef).
Yet the protection model has been known to work, he added: "We know from studies of hundreds of reserves around the world that effective protection results universally in huge increases of biomass of fish," he said.
"In this place the recovery has been exceptionally good."

Pictures: Best Marine Park? Booming Fish Leap and Swarm

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Call Me A Clown

The clownfish is a type of fish that lives in salt water habitats. It is also called an Anemonefish. Clownfish are typically very bright, orange fish that have three white stripes, one at the head, middle and tail. If you look really closely, you may notice that there are thin black lines around the white stripes. Also, the tips of their fins have a thin black rounded stripe.
These little friends were spotted under Barbados crystal clear waters. Aren't they sweety ?
Just say cheers :-)