I have dived and taken pics of large sharks, seals, turtles, rays and heaps of other awesome animals but this pic I took of an occy chilling upside down on a wharf pylon really grabs my attention. Normally very shy they will often retreat but not this one. More than happy to sit proud and have his pic taken.
▪️ Fashioned from a variety of media but predominantly from simple substrates including concrete and rebar, the sculptures create an ideal substrate, relatively fixed and permanent, on which marine life may develop. They are sympathetically located to enhance the reef, making natural use of its varied topography of craggy gullies and sun-dappled sandy patches.
This is Turritopsis rubra, a hydrozoan fairly commonly seen off the New Zealand coast. With a medusa of around 8mm, this stunning little creature has a over a hundred tentacles that are extended when feeding but are neatly curled up when swimming or disturbed.
Turritopsis rubra is closely related to Turritopsis dohrnii (in fact, for many years they were thought to be one and the same). T dohrnii is dubbed the ‘Immortal Jellyfish’ because if the medusa phase of the life cylcle encounters unfavourable conditions it will fall from the water column and actually form a new hydroid colony and begin its life cycle again. In theory, this could go on indefinitely. This ‘immortal’ lifestyle hasn’t been proved in T. rubra, but given its similarity to T dorhrnii, it’s highly likely this Turritopsis is also capable of an immortal life!
Taken at the Poor Knights Marine Reserve, Northland, NZ.
This is #1 in a series of images we’ve produced in groups of five. This ‘Quintet’ series is available to buy as a set or per species from seacologynz, the other images will be showcased over the next few days.
Please PM or email us for details.
Prices are as follows (when bought direct from us).
1x ‘Quintet’ images, high quality print, approximately 600mm x 170mm- NZ$90 inc gst (plus postage, allow about 10 days for delivery)
1x ‘Quintet’ image, framed as per the image, total frame size 720mm x 300mm- NZ$300 inc gst (plus postage)
Set of all 6 prints (Turritopsis, Enope Squid, Blanket Octopus, Gold Flyingfish, White flyingfish & Paper Nautilus)- $440 inc gst (plus postage). Full Set of 6 images framed- please PM or email.
Other sizes available by request.
We have some available immediately, please PM/ email.