Close-up: Basket star テヅルモヅル

Gorgonocephalus

Astrochalcis sp. (micropus?) Thanks, Ron Silver

Abstract beauty in the sea. The head of “Medusa” or CG?

Basket star
Tezuru-Mozuru in Japanese

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

Macro: Feather star

Abstract beauty in the sea.Vertigo in the feather, feather, feather

Umi-Shida in Japanses

Spirals, and floods of color attract for me. When looking through a macro lens, the usual feather star transforms into abstract art at once. Owase, Mie, Japan

Close-up : Spot eye flathead ワニゴチ

Inegocia ochiaii Imamura, 2010

They look the same, but they are different. 

Wani-gochi in Japanese

Wow! 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

Macro : Shiho’s seahorse ハナタツ

Hippocampus sindonis Jordan & Snyder, 1901

The Maracot Deep

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

Macro : A Uroptychus joloensis on the branch of Chironephthya sp.

Common names, please

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.

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 : Flying gurnard セミホウボウ

Dactylopterus volitans (Linnaeus, 1758)

Flying gurnard doesn’t fly, yet cool

Semi-Houbou

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