Tuesday, 29 June 2010
scrawled filefish loves to swim into ocean water
torpedo rays (torpedo californica) had flat gray bodies & black spots. interestingly they catch their prey by stunning them with a jolt!
goosefish.. camouflaged on a northern rocky reefs
ocean sunfish or mola mola cruises slowly through water column. at the surface mola mola will be mistakenly seen as a shark due to the tall dorsal fins
california sheephead (semicossyphus pulcher) fancies to roam at rocky reefs & klep forests. amazingly, sheephead are all born females however once they have gone through a change of later life, they will be transformed into males!
scorpionfish's ugly visage allows it to hide in northern seaweed beds
batfish, sexy lips & intimidate make-up.. phewwittt...hahaha
credits: livescience & numerous info
Friday, 25 June 2010
baby generator is on!
red phase grouper (kerapu bara)
sharptooth snapper (kerisi bali)
red phase grouper & snapper (kerapu bara & membangan)
amberjack / kingfish (aji aji)
ayam laut... sea chicken??? hahaha brrr
jukut (snapper species)
snapper & grouper (membangan & kerapu)
sting ray (pari) & sea chicken?? paaka paaka paakaak hahahaha
Wednesday, 23 June 2010
dj shahrizan with his catch!
loosen up.. santai bro
dj zura with her lovely juvenile permit
boat-fishing.. got to do right balancing hehehe
gotcha! dj iril was so cheerful
khairy, academy player of muara villa football club was killing his time with rod & spool
time to relax at sungai bunga's fish farm
raihan pudak, dj shahrizan, khairy, dj iril & dj zura
Saturday, 19 June 2010
soft coral - often mistaken for plants, soft corals including deep sea water fan (lciligorgia schrammi), comman sea fan (gorgonia ventalina) & the giant slit-pore sea rod (plexaurella nutans) attach themselves to a hard substrate & slowly move with the natural wave action.
sponges like the orange elephant ear (agelas clathrodes) are water filter for the reefs. they filter up to 30,000 times their body volume everyday
pillar coral - dendrogyra cylindrus (pillar corals) are beautiful & rare as their polyps are normally extended
(tubastraea coccinea) orange cup corals - they are found in oil platforms
elkhorn coral (acropora palmata) - is a branching coral. grow in the shallow areas of the reef crest & serve to break up the wave action as it come onto he reef. the branches of elkhorn coral resemble an elk's rack of antlers, thus its name
beautiful flower corals (eusmilia fastigiata)
star coral - boulder & massive corals (montastrea annularis) are the builders of the reef. a coral head is a colony of small animals called polyps. polyps the size of a pencil eraser build an external skeleton of calcium carbonate around their bodies. the wall of these skeletons form a rock-like structure. over time, as new polyps build their skeletons on top of each other, a large coral head is formed. the boulder & massive coral skeletons develop the main reef structure. coralline algae & entrusting coral glues everything together
brain coral - a reticulated brittle star lies on the ridges of brain coral
bleaching coral - this coral is a growing phenomenon for coral reefs globally. it's caused by the expulsion of the symbiotic algae, zooxanthelle, from the coral polyps. the zooxanthelle gives the coral its color & is also the source of the most of the coral's nutrients. coral can survive for a short time without the zooxanthelle but if the algae remain expelled for an extended period of the time, the coral will die
anemones coral - tiny strawberry anemones stretch their starry crowns of tentacles to catch prey from the food-rich currents
ecosystems need coral reefs...
wisely.. united as one, ecosystem needs you!
credits: livescience, wikipedia & numerous data