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Old 03-03-2012, 04:06 PM   #1
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Was a underwater photographer for a while and I am going to post some shots of stuff you won't see at the LFS.

This is a grove of black coral shot at night at about 120' of water. This is about as shallow as this coral will grow in the wild. A big piece of red fire coral sits alongside to guard it. Yes, when it's alive it is white. Shot on Bloody Bay Wall in Little Cayman where a huge pirate battle was fought.
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While not a coral, he sure likes them. A nice sleeping parrot fish. A subfamily of the wrasse, this guy was about 60 pounds. Largest I ever photographed was 4' and approximately 300 pounds...it was a big supermale like this one. Will post pictures of it later. A smaller 12" parrot will make up to 90kg of white sand per year as they digest stoney coral fragments. You can just see his pajamas, it is a cocoon of mucus he spins around himself at night.

This fish is the definition of not artificially reef safe. Maybe a smaller one...
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My wife Debbie getting cleaned on a night dive. While not a coral (although it is a coral banded shrimp...) it was a funny shot as this big shrimp decided she was ready for a cleaning. Shot in Hawaii.
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Anyone guess what this is? Shot in the wild. Starts with a "T"
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Old 03-03-2012, 05:33 PM   #5
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Tunicates?
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Yep...tunicates.
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Tunicates is that a coral or a type of anemone ?
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They are really neither, they are an invertebrate of the family Chordata. There are about 3000 species in this family also known as sea squirts. A total filter feeder that is all over the reef and competes with corals. Can be kept in a reef but must be feed.
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Very interesting . I think I will learn a of different things from this thread . Thanks
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My new avitar is a spotted moray that I liked to feed. He was about 4' long and very near sighted as all morays are. You have to be careful when feeding them and let go of the food just inches from his jaws or he will not smell it. When he does, his strike is as fast as a snakes. I fed all sorts of moreys for years and never got bit, but did have to abandon my scuba gear once as a big morey got into it with me looking for more food. Not recommended you do this by hand at home.
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