Oriental flying gurnard

Dactyloptena orientalis

Hi, this photo is not the same as I uploaded the previous time.
 The description of the photo is different.
 Thank you, Ron Silver.
 He taught me the correct name as below.
 “Based on geographic location, this is Dactyloptena orientalis (Dactylopterus volitans is an Atlantic/Caribbean species”
  This pic is taken at Owase, Mie, Japan.
 I re-upload the photo that corrects the name on the picture.
 Thank you.

Close-up : Longfin batfish ツバメウオ

Platax teira (Forsskål, 1775)

Shy and friendly

Tsubame-uo in Japanese

Longfin batfish are often seen from late summer to spring at the artificial reef point, called Gyosho point (The top is -18m. The bottom is -23m). They come from anywhere with a couple or three. And will go away to somewhere. At first, they are shy. When they look at divers, they hide behind the reef blocks. However, after a while, you will be able to shoot from nearby. It is a fun scene for them to swim behind divers looking for Longfin batfish. This picture was taken during a “safety stop”. If they feel like it, they will rise up with divers and see off. Owase, Mie, Japan. -5m

Close up : Flying gurnard セミホウボウ

Dactylopterus volitans (Linnaeus, 1758)

Flying gurnard doesn’t fly, yet cool


Flying gurnard has beautiful bright spots on its back, so, there are many photos taken from the top. But I like this angle. Big chest fins like wings. A dorsal fin like a vertical tail. Pelvic fins like landing gears. It looks like a fighter waiting for takeoff. When observing, it runs on the sea floor dexterously and floats up around 10cm from the sea floor, flying about 1m and lands on the sea bed. Flight performance doesn’t seem to be very good, yet, it’s cool. Kajika, Owase, Mie, Japan. -18m

Wide Angle : Purple sea pen ヤナギウミエラ

Virgularia gustaviana (Herklots, 1863)

Sea pen forest at Hasama

umi-era in Japanese

These rare sea lives that appear to be bird feathers stuck in the bottom of the sand is called a Sea pen. In Japanese, Umi-Era. The Umi means the sea. Era means gills. Sea pens belong to octocoralia, so-called soft coral, like a Sea Wip or tree coral. Ordinarily, this species is, during the day, it hides into the sand, and when it gets dark, it is appearing from the sand, and spreads its wings. However, in Hasama, even in the daytime, we can often see the mysterious sight of the numbers of Sea pens are standing like the forest. Hasama, Tateyama, Chiba, Japan. -18m.

Macro : Spindle Cowrie ツヅミガイの仲間

Phenacovolva sp.

Unexpectedly sensitive

This is Spindle Cowrie, Phenacovolva sp. The narrow, tubular shells covered with the beautiful mantle. It is often seen on a blanch of Dendronephthya like a sea fan. So that the color of the mantle is the same as its host color, it is difficult to find out it. It seems that the blue color mass is its eggs.When the spindle cowrie is surprised, it pulls its mantle in the shell immediately. And a slippery shining appears smooth. It is unexpectedly sensitive. Hitotsu-ishi point, Owase, Mie, Japan

Macro : Parablennius yatabei イソギンポ

Jordan & Snyder, 1900

It is not rare but cute

Iso-ginpo in Japanese

The Yatabe blenny is a species of combtooth blenny. Two sticks protruding from the head are marks. It is not difficult to see them at the rocky shore in Japan. However, this Yatabe blenny lives at the sandy bottom area. So that his home is the hole of a steel pipe. This pipe is a part of a scaffold that was sunken to make it a fishing reef. This blenny is about 8-10cm. It seems an adult fish. Osezaki, Izu peninsula, Japan. -12m.

Macro : Young Pineconefish マツカサウオの幼魚

Monocentris japonica (Houttuyn, 1782)

Shape is the adult, yet very tiny and cute

Matsukasa-uo in Japanese. Matsukasa is pine corn. uo is fish

Pinecone fish are displayed as “Luminous fish” in many aquariums. It is interesting to see the area under the eyes of them are fluorescing in the darkened tank. Generally, they live in the deep sea, However, young Pinecone fish are found shallow water where we can watch longtime in Scuba Diving. Many fishes are different shape young age and grownup. There is a lot of fish that the appearance is largely different in child and adult. Although the shape of Pinecone fish is as same as an adult, it is very cute that swimming around under the of rock reef in the tiny body.