|Oxylebius pictus (Painted Greenling) in Urticina lofotensis (White Spotted Rose Anemone)|
Posted by Chris on January 28, 2013 at 23:51:36:|
This last weekend January 26-27, 2013 I went on a two-day lobster hunting trip aboard the Peace. Although everyone else on the boat was there for bugs, I used about half of my dives to take pictures.
On Saturday we went to the back side of Santa Rosa Island, the water temperature was 53°F, and the visibility was 40-60 feet. On one dive we were at the deep end of the reef that comes off of East Point. This is a spot I have often visited on hunting trips, but have very few photos from, so I choose to take my camera.
On a rock just above the sand line at about 95 feet there was a medium sized Urticina lofotensis (White Spotted Rose Anemone). As I got closer a saw a small Oxylebius pictus (Painted Greenling) sitting in the anemone. I had never seen this before and did not know that there were any local fish that could live in an anemone, so I decided to take some pictures. I took 65 images, many with the camera and strobes just inches away. Eventually the fish became annoyed with me and left the anemone and dashed into a nearby crevice.
This particular Urticina lofotensis (White Spotted Rose Anemone) seemed to have more than itís share of copepods. I wonder if the Oxylebius pictus (Painted Greenling) was there to feed on them.
Here are a few of the images I took:
©2013 Chris Grossman, diver.net
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