Wednesday, February 28, 2007
Rough Bullseyes (Pempheris klunzingeri) once again at Marino Rocks but at night this time. Saw a Fidler Ray last Tuesday but the water was so mucky that I couldn't get a good picture. A new and interesting experience, snorkelling in the dark. This time I stuck to the rocky areas and where the water was only about 1.5m deep. Plenty of Bullseyes of various levels of maturity including a "school" of several dozen no more than 30mm long. They were concentrated at the bottom of a small hollow between the rocks. The very little ones are mostly transparent like the one to the right. The slightly pink one is about 80mm long and they grow to about 200mm when full grown.
Friday, February 16, 2007
Jimbles (Carybdea rastoni)
For a change at Marino Rocks, snorkelling after work.
The Jimble belongs to the cubozoan order of jellyfish. Cubozoans have a box-shaped body with tentacles at each corner. They have painful stings and are related to the more dangerous Box Jellyfish found in the tropics.
Friday, February 09, 2007
Monday, February 05, 2007
A baby Blenny (about 50mm long). The rotten little thing wouldn't stay still for long, zipping around in the fine sea grass on the limestone rocks of the reef. Just below the intertidal zone.
Parablennius tasmanianus ?
Friday, February 02, 2007
Who said: "Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert... Near them, on the sand,
Half sunk a shattered visage lies, whose frown,
And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed;
And on the pedestal these words appear:
My name is Ozymandius, King of Kings,
Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away.
by: Percy Bysshe Shelley
A view of the siding at Neuroodla. Nothing left of the siding other than a sign and platforms. 40 degrees, brings to mind Shelley's poem, despite lack of lone and level sands. At least today. Abnormally green due to last weeks rain.