Moth Eyes

Navigating a demon-haunted world

Photo #18 – Yellow boxfish

Yellow boxfish (juvenile)

Juvenile yellow boxfish (Ostracion cubicus), photographed in the waters off Pelorus Island, Queensland.

Yellow boxfish have four life stages, each very differently coloured.


August 26, 2011 at 8:56 pm Comments (0)

Photo #17 – Longfin grouper

Longfin grouper

Longfin grouper (Epinephelus quoyanus), photographed in the waters off Pelorus Island, Queensland.

I love these fellows. Their habit of finding a bit of sand or a bit of rock and sitting around on it, instead of darting all over the place like most fish, makes them terribly easy to photograph.

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August 15, 2011 at 9:34 pm Comments (0)

Photo #16 – Phyllidia ocellata

Phyllidia ocellata, a species of nudibranch

Phyllidia ocellata, photographed in the waters off Pelorus Island, Queensland.

Nudibranchs (including Phyllidia ocellata) form a “clade” (meaning that all species of nudibranch descend from a common ancestor that no non-nudibranch descends from) of predatory sea slugs. Nudibranchs tend to be vibrantly coloured, and there is a great deal of variation between species in not only the colour patterns but even in the anatomy – which makes them great photography subjects!

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August 12, 2011 at 9:25 pm Comments (0)

Photo #15 – Blue-spotted stingray

A blue-spotted stingray, covered in sand as it lurks on the bottom
The blue-spotted stingray, somewhat less covered in sand as it goes for a swim
Blue-spotted stingray (Dasyatis kuhlii), photographed in the waters of Pelorus Island, Queensland.


August 7, 2011 at 11:13 pm Comments (0)