Close-up : Spiral Pattern in Feather Star

Abstract beauty in the sea

Spiral Pattern in Feather Star
Umi-shida in Japanese. It means Sea Fern

Every diver knows that sea cucumber, sea urchin, starfish, and feather star, all belong to Echinodermata. Yes, I know also. Though, they have too much different shape each other. And each body is very fascinating.
For a while, let’s enjoy the beauty of various echinoderms.
The first is one is the spiral pattern of the Feather star.

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