Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Wow! One of our divers spotted a Tuberculosis Nudibranch on the manta ray night dive the other night....

This is what I was so excited about on the night dive with 20 manta rays the other night. Customer Peter found this after we'd peeled off for a short night dive at the end of the manta show. It's a Tuberculosis Nudibranch (Dendrodoris tuberculosa) or a very close relative not in my book. I've heard of them being seen up in the shallows at the manta dive site in the past, but I've never seen one. This one was actually in more like 25-30 feet of water out towards the edge of the reef. I'm glad I had the camera in hand, although it took a while to get the settings right and I missed the good angles on it. They're a good sized nudibranch, this one was probably almost 6 inches long.

It's partly sunny today, but kind of hard to tell because the vog is very thick right now in the Captain Cook area. It's thicker than usual the last couple of days. Up in Kailua it's rarely this thick, in Captain Cook we're right at the spot where the winds sort of eddy around the island and the vog ends up. My eyes are itchy, but then again I was out under the house yesterday hauling off some old building materials the previous owners had left... could just be dust, not the vog, causing the irritation.

Yesterday we had a nice little earthquake. I missed it... bummer (after that one a couple Octobers back, any little shake gives you a nice adrenaline shot)... I was in the garage and didn't feel it being at ground level, Pat upstairs in the house felt it quite noticeably. It was a 5.0 centered off the volcano on the other side of the island, pretty shallow so it wasn't as noticeable here as some of that magnitude.

4 comments:

Andrew Cooper said...

I am going to have to come down an do the Manta Dive one of these nights! Any reason the mantas would not be around next month? A manta dive would make a nice aniverssary present to my wife.

Hapi said...

hello... hapi blogging... have a nice day! just visiting here....

Steve said...

Hapi, Thanks for the visit.

Andrew, no reason at all, but it comes and goes. Check with me several days ahead and I'll be happy to let you know if they're around.

Steve

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