Friday, 26 January 2018

Jay the Photographer

A Giant Puffer fish, Arothron Stellatus, set against the rocks and corals of Kata reef.


There are a multitude of different corals all over the Kata reef. Here is an Acropora Coral. Acropora means a porous stem or branch.
Goniopora, often called the Flower Pot Coral. As well as being expensive to purchase, these coralsare apparently very difficult to keep alive in an aquarium.
It is PADI policy to encourage divers to 'look but don't touch' as marine organisms are so delicate and easily damaged. Jay has been explaining to me that even putting his hand inside his large tropical asquarium can have a detrimental effect on the creatures living in it.



Branchin Acropora...very easy to snap by an uncontrolled fin or a clumsy touch.
Another feature of the Kata reef is the amount of Featherstars.

The  Featherstar is a member of the Crinoid family of the class Crinoidea of the echinoderms. Echinoderm comes from  Greek word 'krinon' meaning a lily and 'eidos' meaning form.

You see....a dive with Jay and his knowledge of corals takes us back in time into the world of the Greeks......!!

Crinoids
Tube form or Feather Duster, latin name sabellidae. I thought it important to share this with you!!








These past few days have been highly informative for me. With Offshore Rebel's new Capitano, Jamie Pullin (Jay) here, I have been learning stacks about the corals we are finding. Jay has a large Tropical Aquarium in his front room back home in Wonderful Weymouth and in it is a very colourful array of corals which, Jay assures me, are very difficult to keep in pristinely healthy condition. The aquarium needs constant attention.

It's also very rewarding to see how well Jay's diving and underwater photography is improving daily. These are all his photographs....very nice indeed!!

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