Summer seems to be pushing on right through autumn this year. The warm weather and clear water is certainly a blessing given the surf has been tiny. I’ve been spending a bit of time collecting interesting things that have washed up along the beach from crab shells to bluebottles and barnacles, these creatures rarely rate a second look most of the time. However if you take the time to (carefully) bring them back to an environment where they can be kept alive and photographed the results can be incredible…
Enjoy your day,
These are pelagic gooseneck barnacles.
I found the colony washed up on the beach,
1000’s of barnacles and many other creatures,
including an awesome little crab.
They’ve built their home on a plastic bottle.
This plastic is breaking up
and becoming part of the food chain.
Wake up people, the plastic age must end.
Physalia utriculus, also called blue bottle or Indo-Pacific Portuguese man-of-war, is a marine hydrozoan of the order Siphonophora found in the Indian and Pacific Oceans. A gas-filled bladder allows it to float on the surface, propelled by currents, tides, and by a sail at the top of the bladder. A single long tentacle of venomous cnidocytes, hanging below the float, provides the animal with a means of capturing prey.
They hurt like heck when they touch your skin, but you have to admit, they are one beautiful creature.
Nudibranchs are a group of soft-bodied, marine gastropod molluscs. They are noted for their often extraordinary colours and striking forms. This one is a Glaucus Atlanticus about 35-40 mm long that I found washed up on the beach tide line. After photographing this little critter, I put him back in the sea…
If you go sifting through the rockpools of your local beach you will often find what look like dead crabs. What you are actually seeing is the exoskeleton, or ‘shed shell’ of the crustacean as it has moulted and grown. To find a complete, undamaged shell is quite rare, but this little guy was perfect so I took him back to the studio and did some very detailed close up photography of these incredibly intricate and beautiful creatures.
I’ll end this post with a few underwater photographs from around the Northern Beaches. The water has been warm, clear and very inviting… In fact I think I am going to go for another swim right now..