A guest post by Willie for Notes from Africa
This song immediately came to mind while I was taking the photos. Days later I still cannot get this song out of my head. So you follow the link below at your own peril!
The seaweed is always greener In somebody else’s lake You dream about going up there But that is a big mistake Just look at the world around you Right here on the ocean floor Such wonderful things surround you What more is you lookin’ for? Under the sea Under the sea Lyrics from: “Under The Sea” featured in the film “The Little Mermaid”. You can link to the song here.
One of my favourite fishing spots is over an hour’s brisk walk away from the closest parking area. Walking in is the only way to reach this spot, which has certainly helped to conserve the sea life there. The features that attract me to this area include the excellent fishing, but also the rock pools which have an abundance of sea creatures. As most people are not prepared to walk in, there will at most only be a couple of fisherman in the area. So the solitude also adds to the attraction.
Fishing is quite often an excuse to relax and stare at the sea. Mostly we do catch and release of especially the larger fish, which play an important part in the reproductive cycle. During the fishing waiting game, I have studied the rock pools for many hours in anticipation for Musselcracker or Galjoen making their presence known. The rock pools are well stocked with octopus and their favourite food, brown crabs. In midsummer some multi-coloured tropical fish and small swimming prawns also make their appearance.
After the recent post “flood of urchins”, I thought it would be brilliant to get some photographs of the urchins alive and well in some rock pools. I took my camera, in a waterproof housing, along on a recent trip. It was raining for the most of the day and the muted light made it possible to take some pictures without there being too many shadows. The multi-coloured sea-urchins, anemones, shells, octopus, crabs, plants and occasional crayfish makes for a brilliant photo opportunity. Some of the other interesting shells like Venus-ear did not photograph well and have not been included in this post.
The first photo below shows the coastline with the rock pools in the background. While it was possible to take good pictures in the pools, the drab day did not make it possible to take more interesting pictures of the pools. Focussing the camera under the water was quite difficult at first, because of the water distortion and the difficulty of seeing the display clearly.
Below is a short video of the two octopuses living in this rock-pool “in action” .