Sunday, June 22, 2008

basket case

Fairly common on night dives here are these basket stars.


They are pretty mobile and use their filigree lace-like basket arms to filter microscopic plankton out of the water and feed it into a central mouth. Unfortunately they are rather sensitive to sunlight and will coil up on themselves and hide if lit (the one above is midway through doing this). This makes for a rather messy photo so on our last night dive I focused on getting a single finger/frond/arm (whichever you prefer in the act of curling).


This was my best effort and I really rather like it.

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1 comment:

Modesto Viegas said...

very good work. I like it!