Close-up : Brown-lined puffer キタマクラ

Canthigaster rivulata (Temminck & Schlegel, 1850)

Pretty but venomous

Kitamakura in Japanese

Brown-lined puffer is tiny pretty fish. It is often swimming around colorful soft coral woods. The Japanese name of this puffer is “KITAMAKUR”. KITA is north. MAKUR is a pillow.
In Japan, when people die, there is a custom of turning the head of the dead body to the north.
It means that you will die if you eat this fish, carelessly.
This fish is venomous like other Family Tetraodontidae.
The body of Brown-lined puffer is flatter than another puffer.
It is similar to an edible fish like the filefish. This sinister name is a warning that you should be careful not to make a mistake.

Macro : Chromodoris orientalis Rudman, 1983 シロウミウシ

Very simple but Beautiful

Chromodoris orientalis is feeding seaweed on a rock.
This nudibranch is commonly found at Owase. It is known as “Shiro-Umiushi=White sea slug” in Japanese common name.
Their fashion is very simple. So white body with black spots and orange-yellow fringe. That’s all.
Don’t you think it looks so stylish?

Macro : Painted tunicate クラベラ

Clavelina picta (Verrill, 1900) 

“Clavelina Sphere”At Owase, Painted tunicate, Clavelina picta (Verrill, 1900) , can be seen here and there. I like the delicate creatures like this glass work.
The Painted tunicate colony was spherically attached to the bone axis of a Whip Gorgonian.Owase, Mie, Japan. Jun 6.2019

Macro : Ring sea anemones

Peronanthus sp3


I took this photo two years ago at Hitotsuishi point , Owase, Japan. Although, I checked the name of them on a lot of books or websites, I couldn’t have got it. And I gave up at that time. Last weekend, When I was selecting my photos, I find out photos of this anemones. this time, I asked FB page “ID Please?”. Then, only in one day, the answer was coming Thank you Joe Fish, and “ID please?”. I could to know the name of this beautiful anemone, and the fact they are living in the deep sea also.
According to Graellsia, 60(2): 143-154 (2004), Ring sea anemones seem to be more common at depths between 85 and 1500 m. Five different species of ring sea anemones are recognized, one described by Hiles (1899) as Peronanthus verrucellae, and the others named by us provisionally as Peronanthus sp1, sp2, sp3 & sp4. Ring anemones on this photo is Peronanthus sp3. It is said although sp3 lives in shallow water than the other, still, sp3 is found at 30-50 m. I took this photo only -18m. Wow, Owase is lucky place for taking underwater photography.