Saturday, February 16, 2008

dingobear's life aquatic

Creationists: cover your ears ... because we opine that life is better from where we originally came, under the sea. There, you can drown and dissolve your terrestrial worries and live out your deepwater days amongst the friendly mermaids, squids, and starfish. But what if you're neither snorkeler nor diver, nor grown a pair of gills? Luckily, Monaco's Musée Océanographique et Aquarium offers a dose of relief in the interim. Here are a few pictures.

According to my sources, this colourful little guy is an Evan's anthias (Pseudanthias evansi).

Glubb, glubb ... a Yellow-striped cardinalfish (Apogon cyanosoma).

A pair of happy, Blue-green chromis (Chromis viridis).

Na-na ... na-na ... na-na-na-na-na-na ... insert your favourite shark theme music here for this Leopard shark (Triakis semifasciata).

Crazy sea life, which I'm told are tube anemones of the order Ceriantharia.

Trying to find Nemo ... but which one's Nemo? Baby Common clownfish (Amphiprion ocellaris) all sort of look alike.

A little help from your friends. A Gold-headed sleeper goby (Valenciennea strigata) takes a Scarlet skunk cleaner shrimp (Lysmata amboinensis) for a ride.

Scorpionfish (Pterois volitans) are scary-looking beasts.

Does anyone else think that this Garden eel (Taenioconger sp) looks like Slimey the Worm from Sesame Street?

And we've saved the best for last: a six-point, Asterina starfish (Asterina sp)!


  1. I have been to the same museum! I hope you took a picture of yourself in that archaic submarine globe thing. Loving the moments you're capturing.

  2. Your takes at Musée Océanographique et Aquarium are reasonably good and I believe they're all hand-held shots. I like the one with Nemo in it although it is indeed hard to tell which one is actually the real one. The co-dependency of the crustacean and its host, or is it the other way round is a marvel. That eel must be Slimy's distant cousin. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Sohobutterfly ... Unfortunately, I neglected to take a picture of myself in the retro sub. Too busy trying to photograph the fish, I guess.

    Zhu Ruiyin ... Thanks, all shots were handheld and all (except the one with the Nemoes) were done with my manual focus OM Zuiko 50mm f1.8 lens! The shrimp in that one picture is an interesting story ... apparently, skunk cleaner shrimp have a nice, symbiotic relationship with many fishes where they eat the parasites off the fish. As a result, the fish are more than willing to let the shrimp climb on their backs and do some "cleaning"; in return, the fish promise not to eat the shrimp.

  4. mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.... where is Waffles the 8th? Out for a walk? MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM.... sure has been a long time!

  5. These are my favorite pics to date. Awesome.


  6. Anonymous ... mmmm? Where's Waffles Junior?

    Zoe ... they're nothing fancy, but I kinda like these fish pics, too. Someday, I'd like to set up an aquarium in my own place.

  7. Beautiful shots, but that is a P.Evansi, not P.Bartlettorum (the bold yellow colouration on and above the caudal fin gives it away).

    Wonderful composition on the anemonefish shot as well!

  8. Oh and that 'crazy sea life' are tube anemones, order Ceriantharia.

  9. Thanks, Alex! I will change the captions.