These pretty little blue-finned fish are found in the seas of the Eastern Atlantic and The Mediterranean. It’s called a Damselfish (Chromis chromis) and we found these small ones in the seas off Kos this year. They are mostly juveniles, going by their colouring. They swim in shoals at depths between two and forty metres. I was incredibly lucky that this shoal came closer to the surface, while feeding on the rocks, where we were snorkeling!
We snorkel every year and I have been desperately trying to improve my few skills in underwater photography on each trip. The time has now come to attempt to delve a bit deeper into the blue seas of the Mediterranean! In order to do so, Simon and I are starting our PADI Open Water Dive (Scuba) training. At the moment we’re working on our coursework (knowledge development) with the dive video and manual. Lots to take in and memorise before our classroom theory, confined water and open water dives, starting in a couple of weeks time! I may not be particularly responsive online until we finish our course and, hopefully, get out certificates on December 5th. Keep your fingers (or fins!) crossed for us! I’ll try to keep posting (more fish perhaps?) but I apologise if you don’t hear anything more from me.
Another word that has come to mind as I thought about this week’s challenge is context.
The same subject seen from two completely contrasting perspectives tells a very different story.
In my first image, a beach-side taverna in Kos has it’s catch-of-the-day displayed in a drying rack. I’m showing you the octopus in reference to fresh seafood restaurants and traditional Greek dishes. Yum!
My second image is my photographic catch-of-the-day! Simon and I were privileged to swim with this octopus, out in the bay beyond the taverna, for quite some time, watching how it colour-changes to conceal itself or to communicate alarm. Seeing this intelligent creature propel itself through open water and squeeze through seemingly impossible crevices gave us a magical insight into their lives.
The whole context of a seafood supper was forever changed by this encounter! Not that I’ve given up on such delicacies. Clearly there is such a healthy population of octopuses in the Mediterranean that catching them for food is not an issue. Of course many of those swimming with us had absolutely no idea of the wonders-of-the-deep living right beneath them!