Small is Beautiful…

Aa committed and addicted macro critter geek, I love finding things I haven’t seen before and the smaller the better…these delightful Soft Coral Pipefish made me very happy…a tiny new critter to film.

And these are tiny, about 4 to 5cm long and very very slim. I had seen some photos that our guests had taken and so was very excited to go and film one, especially as they look like a challenging subject.

Soft Coral is, as the name suggests, soft. This means that it moves around, swaying to and fro. And this means, together with their diminutive size, they are rather tricky to film. Undeterred, as always, I was lucky to find a few of them and managed to keep them in focus for long enough to capture.

They are very beautiful, and they move around, seeking cover in the coral, occasionally poking their heads out to look ‘outside’. After studying the footage on a big screen when I got back, I noticed that I had managed to film a male pipefish, and half way through this clip you can see, on the side of his body, small eyes where the eggs are forming! A wonderful thing to see. Hit the full screen button to watch in all it’s glory.

It been a great couple of weeks since I last posted. We’ve seen Rhinopias, Wonderpus, Algae Octopus, Coconut Octopus, Ambon Scorpionfish, Bumblebee Shrimp, Harlequin Shrimp, Tozeuma Shrimp, Seahorses, Frogfish, Ribbon Eels, Decorator Crabs, Nudis, Flatworms, Candy Crabs, Pipehorses, Sea Hares, Madonna’s Bra, Skeleton Shrimp, Flamboyant Cuttlefish, Broadclub Cuttlefish, Dolphins, Crinoid Shrimp, Elegant Squat Lobster, Squat (Sexy) Shrimp, Saron Shrimp, Eagle Rays, Donald Duck Shrimp, Big Nose Sea Grass Shrimp, Idiomysis, Pegasus Sea Moths, Snake Eels, Porcelain Crabs and a whole lot more…

And we have a new Guest Photo Gallery up. Please head over to see it (link here). And if you have been here and are happy to show off your photos, let me know, I’d love to see them. Thank you Andrey and Martin for letting us show your great images,

We had some great guests from the UK, the States, Holland, Canada and Japan..thanks for coming

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