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Mosiac Boxer Crab. Size

of a quarter, clutches

little anemones in its

claws to catch food. The

anemones get enough


Porcelain Crab in


Decorator Crab, 3/4 inch

covered with little living

anemones. They get a

ride, the crab gets


Decorator Crab.

Orangutan crab.  Another

decorator crab, It covers

itself with brown algae.

This is a big one--an inch

wide. Same coloring as

the  Orangutan great ape,

found in Borneo and


Soft Coral Crab in soft

coral.  If you look closely,

it has attached little

toupees of soft coral to

itself. Half inch maybe.

Soft Coral Crab

Bruce's Hinge-Beak

shrimp. And no, I don't

know who Bruce is.

Bruce's Hinge-Beak


Zanzibar Whip Coral

Shrimp. These are awful

to photograph. They live

on long, thin (15 feet)

corals that move in the

current. They are less

than 1/2 inch long and

they dart up, down and

behind the coral. Best I

have ever had!

Harlequin Shrimp. These

can get big, four inches.

This was not one of them,

maybe half inch. The

"claws" are more like

chisels and they feed on

sea stars like the one it is

on. The sea stars can

regenerate the eaten


Harlequin Shrimp

Peacock Tail Anemone


Ocellated Tozeuma

Shrimp on stinging


Magnificent Anemone


Probable Freckled

Shrimpgoby with

unknown shrimp. They

live together, the shrimp

excavates and cleans the

burrow, the goby

provides the food and

alarm system. Hundreds

of species, worldwide,

with many different

cohabiting shrimp.

Spiny Tiger Shrimp--half


Spiny Tiger Shrimp

Spiny Tiger Shrimp

Purple Urchin Shrimp.

Another photographic

nightmare as they live in

the sharp spines of sea

urchins.  And the spines

will point at you when

you approach.

Purple Urchin Shrimp

Purple Urchin Shrimp

Purple Urchin Shrimp

Skeleton Shrimp living in

hydroid. The "fluff" on it

is juvenile skeleton

shrimp. About 1/4 inch.

Crinoid Crab, living in


Crinoid Shrimp. Many


Crinoid Shrimp

Hairy Squat Lobster.

Lives in sponges, maybe

3/4 inch. Not edible.

Elegant Crinoid Squat

Lobster, 3/4 inch.

Baba's Crinoid Squat

Lobster.  Less than half


Baba's Crinoid Squat


Crinoid fish. Not sure on

this one. Less than 1/2


Crinoid fish

Crinoid Shrimp. Half inch


Crinoid Shrimp. Note that

all these crinoid dwellers

have colors that mimic

the host.

Octopus. Small--two

inches. Note how it's

standing up to look


Wonderpus. First

identified in 2006 and

only known in the

Indonesian area. This one

is six inches wide.


This looked like a leaf on

the sand. Then the leaf

moved. And more

investigation showed a

two inch  octopus  using

the leaf like an umbrella

to cover itself to make it

"invisible".  Here it is,

walking on the sand,

using an arm to hang

onto the leaf. It will flip

the leaf back over itself

as soon as I stop

messing with it.

Octopus, tiny, on the


Octopus, tiny, burying

itself in the sand.

Tropical Bobtail Squid.

The smallest squid, this

one is the size of a


Bobtail Squid. It's using

it's tentacles to "row"

itself out of sight into the


Bobtail Squid, almost

hidden in the sand.

Flamboyant Cuttlefish--

two inches

Flamboyant Cuttlefish

Broadclub Cuttlefish. 

They communicate by

flashing color changes.

That blue look is not a

sign of happiness that I

am there.

Ribbon Moray, female.

Adult males are blue.

Fimbriated Moray Eel

Blackspotted Moray

Blackspotted Moray with

cleaner shrimp and blue

wrasse in mouth.

Yellowmargin Moray with

White-banded Cleaner


Yellowmargin Moray with

White-banded Cleaner


I tried four times to get

this shot with the

Blackspotted (and MUCH

larger) moray in the

preceding pictures. But

this one was on the other

side of the cleaning

station and was far more


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There are some wonderfully weird creatures that can be found (sometimes with great

difficulty) in and on pretty much everything. They may live in crinoids or stinging

hydroids, in and on sponges and corals or buried in the black volcanic sand.

Some shrimp and small fish act as cleaners--removing dead scales or parasites from

larger fish and eels. It's always entertaining to find one of these "cleaning stations"

and looking at the parade of animals coming to it and a mass of shrimp rising up to

clean. It works well for both, the cleaners gat a meal, the animal gets rid of


Many of the subjects here are really tiny. It's a pity I can't put a dime next to them for

scale but it's hard enough getting the focus down onto something that may only be a

quarter inch long. And moves. Underwater.