My expression after finishing 21 straight days of online training to teach a class online I've taught for over a decade in the Fall. 😆
Another hard drive goodie of a flappy pancake Stingray's (Dasyatis americana) adorable "face" off Honeymoon Harbor in Bimini.
Fun Facts: While all stingrays are armed with at least one serrated venomous spine at the base of their whip-like tails for protection, the only thing to worry about with these adorably large flapping water pancakes is being smothered with affection and mouths eagerly awaiting cut up squid.
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The Pacific angel shark is one of 23 angel sharks, noted for their flattened appearance that makes them resemble skates or rays. These flat sharks have broad pectoral fins and relatively large mouths, which they use to create intense negative pressure when feeding. Though they resemble rays, angel sharks can be easily distinguished from rays by examination of the pectoral fins. In skates and rays, the pectoral fins are always attached to the head. In angel sharks and other flat sharks, that is never the case.
Pacific angel sharks live on soft bottoms near rocky reefs and kelp forests. Their color patterns and flat bodies allow them to blend in very well with the seafloor, and they are able to pump water over their gills, allowing them to remain perfectly still. Pacific angel sharks are ambush predators that patiently wait for prey species – typically a variety of bony fishes and some small sharks – to swim a bit too close. At that point, they can be quite explosive, lunging at their prey and extending their powerful jaws to create enough suction to swallow their prey whole. Their camouflage also serves as a means to avoid predation, but some large, coastal predators are known to prey on this shark.
This species reproduces via internal fertilization and gives birth to well developed young. Embryos receive their nutrition from a yolk sac, and newly born juveniles are self sufficient predators. They do not receive any further parental care. Pacific angel sharks are slow growing, relatively slow to mature, and do not reach reproductive age until they are approximately 13 years old.
Pacific angel sharks are not generally considered dangerous, but they have been known to bite SCUBA divers when provoked. Their habit of remaining perfectly still makes them easy to touch, and divers sometimes grab them. The natural defense mechanism is to strike when threatened, but the bites are not generally severe. This shark is targeted directly and is captured in fisheries targeting other species. It is currently being overfished, and scientists consider it to be near threatened with extinction.
This Porcupine Fish slowly approached to say a big "Hi, how are you today?" 🤗🤗
Moments like these is why we love filming underwater 🙂💜🎥
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Follow @oceansunfolded for more under water life! A translucent blue tang.
This is an Acanthurus coeruleus, or a blue tang surgeonfish. They're found from New York to Brazil. This one in particular was discovered just off of Puerto Vallarta, a resort town on Mexico’s Pacific coast.
The blue tang surgeonfish can grow up to 15 inches long, but the adults aren't see-through. It's their young that are small and transparent. Having clear bodies helps conceal the babies from predators. Sea turtles have a close relationship with these little guys: The blue tang surgeonfish nibbles algae and parasites off the turtle’s flippers, getting the nourishment it needs while simultaneously keeping its flippered friend clean and healthy.
Quickly photographed and released unharmed by @kevin__mattson
@chasedekkerphotography "This gray whale calf was having the time of its life playing with the boats. Twirling around, squirting water onto passengers, blowing bubbles, nothing could make this whale stop. Even the mom was having a little bit of fun popping up on either side of the boat and rolling around to get scratched and pet. Not to mention, this calf was giving everyone a fantastic view of its blonde baleen, which for those that don’t know is the keratin substance inside its mouth used to strain water, sand, and mud while feeding." 📸 By @chasedekkerphotography
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No, this isn't Photoshop - Meet Inspector Clouseau, the only known pink reef manta Ray in the world! ❤
Photo by @kristianlainephotography
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The cookiecutter shark is one of the most interesting sharks in the ocean, and it never grows bigger than 18-20 inches (~50 cm). It gets its common name from its feeding strategy of biting off small chunks of much larger animals. This species is small and lives much of its life in the deep water column. It is therefore difficult to study, so there is little known about exactly where it lives, but it has been collected or observed in many places around the world, most significantly in tropical to temperate latitudes.
The cookiecutter shark is a parasite, meaning it feeds off larger animals, without killing them. It uses its sharp, pointed upper teeth to latch on the skin of a much larger shark, bony fish, or marine mammal and its thick, strong, triangular lower teeth to scoop out a mouth-sized chunk of flesh. Several species – including bluefin tuna, great white sharks, spinner dolphins, and other large predators – have been observed with one or more scars caused by these sharks. Like all sharks, cookiecutter sharks lose several sets of teeth throughout their lifetimes. This process ensures that they always have sharp, healthy teeth capable of feeding by their preferred strategy. Unlike other species, though, cookiecutter sharks apparently purposely swallow the teeth that they lose. Some scientists believe that to be a result of them living in the nutrient-poor deep water column. By swallowing the relatively large teeth, they may be able to recycle the calcium and other materials important in tooth development.
When I was lining up to take this photo I was so immersed in watching the salmon that I didn’t notice a bear fishing beside me. We both took our heads out of the water at the same time. The bear, with a mouth full of salmon, looked at me with confusion. We both froze for a minute and I slowly reached for my camera. Before I could set up my shot the bear ran off. It could have been the best split shot of my life but at least the salmon were very photogenic! #WildMoments#BeneathBC
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@steve_woods_photography : "This absolutely beautiful Oceanic Blacktip shark kept circling me, I waited patiently, and then finally it cruised right over head. So graceful, so powerful. Such amazing and maligned animals."
Photo by @steve_woods_photography
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