Beautiful lil' critter o' the sea. I am almost alway amazed when I go out snorkling here in the Caribbean. We don't freedive any deeper than 50
feet, and yet hardly a dive date goes by where m'Bride and I don't see something that we've never seen before.
Last time out was at night; I was 'torching' for spiney lobsters. My Darlin' was in our inflatable boat, following my dive light. Suddenly, my
light was surrounded by tiny little creatures, moving in an eliptical orbit around the light. I was fascinated. I thought to myself, "this
looks like a Carbon atom"
.... and then it was an Iron atom and then the creatures came in geometric proportion, and seconds later, it was a
Uranium atom....................... and then it got a tad creepy.
Local divemasters said they were tiny (and faaast) shrimp. They moved so
quickly that I couldn't really focus on their shape. I got out of the water shortly after that, not really wanting to know what happens after
We rowed about 500 meters west, and I went back into the water. This time, I was followed by a sea ray with huge eyes and all these tiny, tiny
, some of them attached to the ray, and others just following;
they made the ray look hairy.
The sea (and freshwater) is a wonderful place, and there are probably thousands of yet undiscovered species of kritters. Even the
ones seem beautiful (to me) in their own way. Thanks, OP for
showing us yet another life we didn't know about.
edit on 4/6/12 by argentus because: spellin'