- Although I love your photos and especially this puffer fish, I may be upping your stats a bit as I have it as my 'home page" for Stumble and so I get to look at it each time I log on...which is very often. Not sure if it makes too much difference though as 71.000 is a lot of hits indeed. - Gingermegs2009
- its so little im adding it to my faves - leileigurl10
- Perfect! - rahkat
- He's smiling!!!! AWWW! - starbooze
found in my casting net along the beach
Since this picture gets so much traffic, I should add a little
background. Once a storm passes us here in the Tampa Bay area, it
usually rips up the sea grasses in the bay, intercoastal, and
estuaries. So if you look closely enough at the stuff that is riding
along with the sea grass at the beach you'll see lots of critters.
This guy was tiny, and probably didn't survive too much longer being
washed back and forth on the beach.
So it's very important to remember that the sea grass areas can be just as rich and bountiful as reefs. (A lot of the seagrass areas are destroyed by fertilizer runoff that choke those areas with thick matts of algae.)
Also rolling in the beach break, I've found tiny octopi (just slightly bigger than this guy), and a kind of butterfly fish that camoflage themselves by looking like nothing more than leafs. The butterfly fish make the dead seagrass and beachbreak their homes. They usually swim on their sides, and really the only way to find them is to watch the seagrass closely. If you have seagrass wash by your ankle, it will go one way, but the butterfly fish will right themselves and swim another. The largest I've seen one of these butterfly fish was about the size of a quarter.
Click here to see where this photo was taken.