This coral like a flower can be seen on the wall of rocks or on pillars of artificial fish reef everywhere at Owase. This scene remembers the monster flower “Audrey II” that appeared the American rock musical comedy horror film “Little Shop of Horrors” directed by Frank Oz. As closer and looking at them, may be able to hear that laughter. Owase, Mie, Japan. -20m
Abstract beauty in the sea. The head of “Medusa” or CG?
The scientific name of Basket star is Gorgonocephalus. It comes from “Medusa”. She is the famous monster of Greek myth who has snake hair. “gorgós” means “dreaded” and “cephalus” means “head” in Greek. Although it makes me a stone also, it’s meaning I am happy too much. It is rare to find this creature. It looks like a moving fractal image reminiscent of early CG. It fascinates me. So, I can’t move away in front of that, like a stone. Owase, Mie, Japan. -20m
It is Crocodile Fish (Cymbacephalus beauforti (Knapp, 1973)) ! Is it right? The
answer is correct, and incorrect. This is Spot eye flathead (Inegocia ociaii
Imamura, 2010). It is called “Wani-Gochi” in Japan. “Wani” means
Crocodile. So, it can say “correct”. These two flathead is a very
similar shape. Crocodile Fish has lappets on each eyeball. And has eyebrow
above each eye. Spot eye flathead has lappets also, however, it doesn’t have
eyebrows on each eyeball. Spot eye flathead is found in coastal water more
south of Sagami-Bay in the Pacific side, more south of Wakasa-Bay in Sea of
Japan side. Crocodile Fish is the fish that is seen more south, like Kyushu
or Okinawa. So, the answer is incorrect. Anyway, when I find out a Sopt eye
falthead, I’m fun. I can feel tropical even in the Temperate sea. Kajika, Owase, Mie, Japan. -18m
Looking at the seahorse, I always remember a scene from the old science fiction novel “The Maracot Deep (1929)”. This novel is the work of Arthur Conan Doyle, famous for the adventures of Sherlock Holmes. The story is the adventure that marine scientists discover the sunken city Atlantis. I can’t forget is the scene where huge size seahorse eating eyeballs of huge halibut. What’s even scarier, the victim halibut have been sucked its eyeballs by the slender mouth of seahorse. So that I was a child age, it made scare my little heart. The seahorse of the photograph is a small size one called Shiho’s seahorse. This is about only 5 cm, tiny, cute, creature. However, if it would be over 10m….. I think stupid thinking. Lol. Owase, Mie, Japan. -20m
A Uroptychus joloensis on the branch of Chironephthya sp. We have a common name in Japanese for both of them. Uroptychus joloensis is Kudayagi-Moebi. Chironephthya sp. is Kudayagi. Moebi is the shrimp belong to Hippolytidae, and also, it means small shrimp in Japanese. I want to know their common name in English. Although I checked many books and sites on the internet. I can’t find out. Can you help me? By the way. According to SeaLifeBase. they live at Deep-water, depth range 20 – 250 m. Fortunately, this pic was taken -18m. Thanks to shallow water, I could stay at the bottom of the sea a long time to take a photo. Hitotsu –ishi point, Owase, Mie, Japan. Owase is nice place.
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.
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