Mad About Molluscs

Tell or show us what marine life fascinates you underwater and why. What's your favourite marine critter?

Re: Mad About Molluscs

Postby DiveDiva » Mon Aug 15, 2011 12:35 am

What an awesome thread!! Thanks Ali! I'll have to dig out some shots when I'm on my other pc!!
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Re: Mad About Molluscs

Postby Ali Perkins » Mon Aug 15, 2011 8:06 am

Please do Rachel! :D

Greg (ChuckyBob), that picture of Tritonia incerta is superb! That is one nudibranch I would very much like to run into again. Haven't encountered it since I've had the G9.

Now how do we entice Ian "slugman" Skipworth into the fray? He is bound to have seen something microscopic and awesome somewhere recently!

I haven't had this one formally identified but I believe it is a Tularia bractea (p457-458 of NZ Coastal Marine Invertebrates). I spotted 2 individuals on a night dive on Danger Rock (up near the Bay of Islands) on 30th July 2011. A night dive on Danger Rock is AMAZING, and is one of Shane and Julia's (Northland Dive) winter dives. Look out for it next year, it's a cracker! Danger Rock is a great spot for nudibranch hunting.

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Re: Mad About Molluscs

Postby ChuckyBob » Mon Aug 15, 2011 9:42 am

Ali Perkins wrote:Please do Rachel! :D

Greg (ChuckyBob), that picture of Tritonia incerta is superb! That is one nudibranch I would very much like to run into again. Haven't encountered it since I've had the G9.


Then you will have to join me for a dive at Gannet rock before you head away.
I think it was about this time last year that it was totally infested with them. Ah no it was January. But probably a few out there now.

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Re: Mad About Molluscs

Postby DiveDiva » Mon Aug 15, 2011 9:49 am

Oki doki...first few I managed to grab. I know the eggs are a bit of a cheat! All pics either taken at Whangarei Harbour, Goat Island or Poor Knights marine reserve.
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Re: Mad About Molluscs

Postby Cameron_R » Mon Aug 15, 2011 10:02 am

Love the last shot DD. Lovely blue background.
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Re: Mad About Molluscs

Postby Andy » Mon Aug 15, 2011 11:16 am

I am confessing my ignorance, but I never knew that octopus were molluscs!!!

I've unfortunately lost the photo, but I had a beautiful image of one of the snails in Pupuke crawling over the iron chain. Those snails are beautiful under artificial light.

I will dig out some photos later and post a few up.
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Re: Mad About Molluscs

Postby Phantom Menace » Mon Aug 15, 2011 12:44 pm

Wellllll ...
I don't have any pictures of molluscs to contribute but I DID go for a scallop free-dive and picked up an Octopus as well as the scallops - we ate it ;)

I have discovered a few octopus recipes that I might try at some stage ...
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Re: Mad About Molluscs

Postby Ali Perkins » Mon Aug 15, 2011 9:19 pm

Did I miss something? I didn't realise it was scallop season yet.
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Re: Mad About Molluscs

Postby Cameron_R » Mon Aug 15, 2011 9:33 pm

Speaking of Octopuses .... here are two of them getting a free feed courtesy of the Wellington Orca leaving some leftovers

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Re: Mad About Molluscs

Postby ChuckyBob » Mon Aug 15, 2011 9:49 pm

Ali Perkins wrote:Did I miss something? I didn't realise it was scallop season yet.

I think PM meant last season or perhaps out of the Auckland catchment area. ( I hope)

Cool site Cameron. not something you see every dive!
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Re: Mad About Molluscs

Postby Phantom Menace » Mon Aug 15, 2011 9:59 pm

Yeah - last season.

And it IS scallop season in Wellington now :)
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Re: Mad About Molluscs

Postby ianskip » Tue Aug 16, 2011 10:41 am

Hi All

I'm enjoying everyones pics. Here's a very small mollusc from the Knights which don't know the identity of - can anyone offer a name for it?

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Re: Mad About Molluscs

Postby aquakiwi » Tue Aug 16, 2011 11:01 am

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Here's some I prepared earlier........
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Re: Mad About Molluscs

Postby justsimon » Tue Aug 16, 2011 5:56 pm

Some great images here.

Here's a very small mollusc from the Knights which don't know the identity of - can anyone offer a name for it?


Is it a type of margin snail? (family Marginellidae)
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Re: Mad About Molluscs

Postby Cameron_R » Tue Aug 16, 2011 6:03 pm

ianskip wrote:Hi All
I'm enjoying everyones pics. Here's a very small mollusc from the Knights which don't know the identity of - can anyone offer a name for it?
Cheers
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Cool pic. How small is that thing??


aquakiwi wrote:Here's some I prepared earlier........

:lol: :lol:
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