Wednesday, 20 August 2008

Plenty more fish in the sea

Since my last trip in the sea a few weeks back I've been doing a bit more snorkeling with my camera.

I've seen quite a lot of these Striped White Bream now. They're always the same size fish and group. It's almost like the same shoal comes to the same area of the beach everyday. I can still some good photos of them though.
08/08/08 Fish
1. P8082050, 2. P8082034, 3. P8082047, 4. P8082039, 5. P8082037, 6. P8082041

But I was starting to get a little restless. I was always happy to be able to swim around withe these fish but what I really wanted was something a little more. So I started to swim around a bit near to the beach where there are some fallen rocks -and having told the missus that I will be very careful as she wouldn't be able to keep an eye on me from where she was- I set off.

And BOY did I have a great time.

Just swimming out to the rocks the sea floor was getting my hopes up. I seen small shoals of small fish zipping by, some anemone (the weird sea plants).

Then I got up close to the rock and spotted some fish I had seen alot of, only this time they were about 5 or 6 times bigger -the size of dinner plates. Unfortunately the photos don't bring out the size.
"Hey guys, I think someone is on to us"

But apart from seeing giant sized version of fish I have already spotted I also seen some new ones,
These tiny little fish I think are the culprits that kept making the popping noise. Kind of like the popping-candy you used to be able to buy that popped in your mouth. It was either them or a very hungry fat kid following me.
"Snap, crackle, pop"

Then there where these long pencil like fish. I haven't a clue what they are called.
Can you help name them?

There were zebra sea bream
"What's the time Mister Wolf?"

And cow bream

A few different species of gobys. Actually I haven't a clue in this photo, they all might be the same species. They look different to me though.
The least racial fish in the sea

This colourful guy, what I don't know the species of. I think he might be a baby Ornate Wrasse.
"Eating some rocks nom nom nom"

And this large Ornate Wrasse, which I have a few pictures of.
This fish is my favourite fish I've spotted so far since I started snorkeling. After seeing thousands of grey fish it was great to see this colourful character.
This photograph was taken on a different day to some of the ones above. I had originally left the camera on the beach as I hadn't charged it the night before and the missus had used it taking some of her own photos (see below). When I spotted this guy having been snorkeling for about an hour I swam back as fast -and as out of breath- as I could. I think I managed about 1/4 mph top speed. It felt like the swim took forever. And swimming back with the camera just as long. Luckily fo me he was still hanging out at the same crop of rock.

I even spotted mini version's of the most popular fish. They kept swimming at me. Maybe they thought I was protection. But am I glad I had on my new small and tight swimming trunks on otherwise the fish would of swam up my shorts.
"When I grow older I want to be a shark."

In fact there have been so many fish the last few visits that even the missus got to take some good photos and she never ventures out in waters deeper then her waist. So these photgraphs are extra special considering her freakish phobia of fish. Well done pinkosa.

When I had finished all my snorkeling I made a visit to the diving centre. I'm trying to figure out whether fins/flippers would be helpful to me or a hindrance? I don't tend to swim for long distacnes, just mainly diving and I'm working out if they are worth the purchase?
But while there I got to see a leaflet with all the fish in the area, this is why I have been able to name most of them. And also I was told that the centre do snorkeling trips, were they take out groups of people to different areas of a Sea Nature Park and snorkel. Normally you wouldn't be able to snorkel there but they have permission too. This I can't wait to do.
But I need one more test dive trying to sort out some problems with my camera, namely image quality and macro mode.

But I do have a dozen or so great photos that I want to share. But I'll save them for next time. But if your bored check out some of my underwater adventures.


Blue soup said...

Wow, these photos are really awesome! Look how close you are to the fish! Sometimes I think it is really amazing that so much of the world is covered in water and we don't really know what is what underneath the waves.

Robbie said...

@Soupster You should see some of the others...or if you wait a while I'll post my favourite ones.
Some fish swim right up to you. Theyre mainly the smaller ones, I think they use you as protection. Most bigger fish are scardycats and shoot off when you get close. Some of my photos take a few dives and resurfaces for air.
But now and then, if you slow, take your time and have a lot of luck some fish let you get close.
Yeah it's weird that a lot of th esea is not explored. I've watch the first episode of that Pacific Abyss and it's great thinking "what weird creatures are they going to find today?"

surviving myself said...

Call those pencil fish #2's.

Get it?

Robbie said...

@Survivng You sir, should be a marine biologist!

Betty the Sheep said...

Wow, really cool pics! Makes me want to learn how to swim.