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?
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.