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Black Sea Bass Centropristis striata

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eheupel

Date

October 16, 2014

Description

Juvenile Black Sea Bass

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Atlantic Bay Scallop Argopecten irradians

Observer

eheupel

Date

October 16, 2014

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Northern Puffer Sphoeroides maculatus

Observer

eheupel

Date

October 16, 2014

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Lady Crab Ovalipes ocellatus

Observer

eheupel

Date

October 16, 2014

Description

A male Lady Crab, missing one claw and with an awesome "hairdo" of hari algae.

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Observer

eheupel

Date

October 16, 2014

Description

The Pink Comb Jelly (Bereo ovata) feeds almost exclusively on another comb jelly, Mnemiopsis leidyi.

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Northern Star Coral Astrangia poculata

Observer

eheupel

Date

October 16, 2014

Description

Northern Star Coral, Astrangia poculata, from Naragansett Bay.

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Spotfin Butterflyfish Chaetodon ocellatus

Observer

eheupel

Date

September 21, 2014

Description

Tropicals getting large enough to come out of the cracks and crevices in the boulders now, like this Spotfin Butterflyfish, one of over a dozen spotted in a 45 minute dive.

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Atlantic Bluespotted Cornetfish Fistularia tabacaria

Observer

eheupel

Date

September 24, 2014

Description

A rare visitor to Long Island Sound waters, this the the third Cornetfish spotted in a week up here.

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Bandtail Puffer Sphoeroides spengleri

Observer

eheupel

Date

September 24, 2014 08:31 PM EDT

Description

A lot of tropicals in Southern New England this year, including Bandtail Puffers.

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Scup Stenotomus chrysops

Observer

eheupel

Date

September 24, 2014 08:30 PM EDT

Description

Scup in it's night "sleeping patterns on mud substrate.

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Winter Flounder Pseudopleuronectes americanus

Observer

eheupel

Date

August 7, 2014 01:18 PM EDT

Description

A young winter flounder (Psuedopleuronectes americanus) found in the shallows while doing a fish count.

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Banded Rudderfish Seriola zonata

Observer

eheupel

Date

September 12, 2014 01:10 PM EDT

Description

A group of ~25 banded rudderfish (Seriola zonata) circling under a buoy we use to mark a dive training site.

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Summer Flounder Paralichthys dentatus

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eheupel

Date

September 12, 2014 12:39 PM EDT

Description

Large summer flounder or fluke (Paralichthys dentatus) just after it bolted from hiding underneath me,

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Black Sea Bass Centropristis striata

Observer

eheupel

Date

September 12, 2014 12:44 PM EDT

Description

Juvenile Black Sea Bass (Centropristis striata) feeding on a clam.

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Gulfweed Crab Planes minutus

Observer

eheupel

Date

May 27, 2013

Description

Often called the "Columbus Crab" as it is the most likely crab described by Christopher Columbus during his original crossing in the eastern Sargasso Sea. Well camouflaged for life riding in sargassum mats, they are generally colored in shades of dull yellow, tan and brown with some individuals having white markings on their dorsal surface. They are rarely larger than 1cm across their carapace.

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Spinybacked Orbweaver Gasteracantha cancriformis

Observer

eheupel

Date

May 30, 2013

Place

Bermuda (Google, OSM)

Description

Barely 3mm across, this tiny spinybacked orbweaver (Gasteracantha cancriformis) was perched in it's web between two banana palm fronds outside our guest rooms at the Mariners Club in Bermuda. Unfortunately the gusting wind made getting a shot quite a bit harder than I counted on, but I did get 1 or two decent shots. I like this one for the view of the web

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Sargassumfish Histrio histrio

Observer

eheupel

Date

May 27, 2013

Description

While it wasn't the camo critter we were out there specifically to study, who could help but love the face of the Sargassumfish (Histrio histrio). Ok, granted I really dig all frogfish, they are remarkable creatures, but H. histrio is quite a marvel, and we found them in abundance, though all were quite small. This fellow is about 1.75 inches long at most (as that was the largest size we found on this trip!) They do get much larger, upwards of 8 inches.

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Northern Puffer Sphoeroides maculatus

Observer

eheupel

Date

August 7, 2012 06:55 PM EDT

Description

A northern puffer just resting in the sediments. We saw four of these on this dive, very unusual as we normally don't see any, and only rareyly see 1 on any given night dive here.

†his dive we saw three resting on the sediments and chomping the occaisional YOY silver side, and we watched an adult black sea bass try and eat one puffer. We also sighted one that puffed up and floated off in the water column when it was attacked (by a juvenile blluefish I think) it as it attacked some YOY silver sides. Hilarious to see, but effective escape mechanism.

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Winter Flounder Pseudopleuronectes americanus

Observer

eheupel

Date

August 7, 2012 07:17 PM EDT

Description

A young of the year winter flounder from Stonington Point. Maybe 4 inches long at most. (got to start using my lasers again - a pair of U/W lasers mounted parallel to each other with a set distance between them.

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Sea Otter Enhydra lutris

Observer

eheupel

Date

July 26, 2012 12:37 PM EDT

Description

Part of a larger group of 23 sea otters all floating in the sea grass beds at near low tide. I found out about their feeding habits in the beds the fun way, as I was crawling through the tidal eelgrass beds in about 8" of water my hand suddenly sank into the sediments almost to my armpit. My initial thougt was "I hope whatever lives in this hole isn't home!" Asking a local eelgrass researcher about it revealed that it was a hole left by sea otters when they dig for the big clams in those beds. Whew!

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Plumose Anemone Metridium senile

Observer

eheupel

Date

August 29, 2012 03:08 PM EDT

Description

A more traditional macro subject - a close-up of a small Frilled Anemone (Matridium senile).

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eheupel

Date

August 29, 2012 03:22 PM EDT

Description

A Yellowtail Flounder makes a relatively well behaved subject. I think it would have even let me lift it gently off the bottom.

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Persian Silk Tree Albizia julibrissin

Observer

eheupel

Date

August 22, 2012 10:43 AM EDT

Description

Not sure what tree it was and I don't recognize the flower, but Johann & Tammy thought it was lovely (I agree) and picked a freshly fallen flower and brought it home for us to enjoy and photograph.

Flickr friends helped me ID the flower/tree as the Mimosa or silk tree (or Albizia julibrissin)

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Sea Anemones Order Actiniaria

Observer

eheupel

Date

September 15, 2012 10:50 AM EDT

Description

A lot of invertebrate life clinging to the iron and steel that's left of a wreck in Block Island Sound. 2 (3?) species of hydroids. They are the bushy looking , thin highly branched "plants" covering almost everything. Not plants but colonial animals related to corals, anemone and jelly fish. The Hydroids make up one of three major groups of the Cnidarians. All of the hydroids in this image are tan, brown or grey.

The small white "puffs" scattered about in the lower third of the image are small colonies of Northern Star Coral (Astrangea poculata) the one hard coral we get in these cool shallow waters. Next time I'll go macro and get a closeup of a colony. Corals and anemone form another major group of the cnidarians, with jellyfish forming a third major grouping. The large red anemone of course is the center piece of the image - Urticina felina - the Northern Red Anemone.

Of course also in the image is some monofilament line (right above the anemone is a loop of it, extending out of frame. Someone, p[robably from a party boat targeting black sea bass obviously lost their line snagged in the wreckage. Worse are the sections of dragger gear draped on the edges of the wreck.

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Longhorn Sculpin Myoxocephalus octodecemspinosus

Observer

eheupel

Date

September 15, 2012 10:53 AM EDT

Description

A longhorn sculpin watching me carefully trying to figure out whether or not to move. Not that they get spooked by divers, they really don't as long as you don't try to grab them. These are all over the area, hiding under and along piece of the wreck seeimingly waiting for a bite to come past.

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Sanderling Calidris alba

Observer

eheupel

Date

September 18, 2012 09:29 AM EDT

Description

While doing an impromptu beach cleanup we were treated to a visit by a juvenile sanderling feeding up and down the beach in the surf zone. It granted us a good 15 minutes of watching before flying off to some other beach in search of more tasty morsels.

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Longhorn Sculpin Myoxocephalus octodecemspinosus

Observer

eheupel

Date

August 29, 2012 03:09 PM EDT

Description

A Longhorn Sculpin eye and grin. Another species I most often see on ROV and Image sled surveys than in person.

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Northern Shortfin Squid Illex illecebrosus

Observer

eheupel

Date

August 29, 2012 08:44 PM EDT

Description

On the dive last night we saw 4 young squidlets in the sea grass and algae covered rocks. This fellow (?) had a total length of about 2.5". It was actually very "cooperative" for easuring (not photographing) as it allowed my dive partner to put her hand directly underneath it. It was not quite as long as her ring finger.

Unfortunately they were rather spooked by the strobe (gee, figure that) and seemed to sense when it was about to fire. Three other images of them were "blurry graphs" of just the arms and eyes as they jetted out of frame.

The water was especially "schmutzy" last night. A LOT of particles in the water, vis was only 2-3 feet with the lights. Still all in all a good dive. A bunch of squidlets, lots of silversides, a few alewifes and a handful of baby blues darting in to get dinner.

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Squirrel Hake Urophycis chuss

Observer

eheupel

Date

August 29, 2012 03:08 PM EDT

Description

I do love the little barbel on red hake (and cusk & cod). Not a brilliant shot but I do love that face!

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Wheel Bug Arilus cristatus

Observer

eheupel

Date

June 14, 2012 12:21 PM EDT

Description

Saw this bug crossing the path to the docks at Mount Vernon on our recent trip there. I figure it is some kind of weevil from the head and mouth parts, but this is definitely out of my field. Posting it to get some ID help as Tammy wants to use it in a blog post.

Input from Flickr bug community confirmed I am out of my league with the bugs - this is a type of Assassin Bug, specifically the nymph form of the Wheel Bug (Arilus cristatus)

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