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George the Grunt

George the Grunt

Our George the grunt is named after the first (to my knowledge), fish trained enough to be in photos, by Bronson Hartley. Grunts are a little scatterbrained and act unsure and confused. It takes them a while to figure out exactly how the free food comes to be and how...
Bronny and Harriet 1962-2006

Bronny and Harriet 1962-2006

In 1964, while the parents were in Bermuda operating the summer diving, Hurricane Betsy tore thorough Hatchet Bay, Eluthera and destroyed her. Our father and stepmother then bought a 63′ Huckins and life still went on. The kids each had a bunk on top of the...
Herb the Hind

Herb the Hind

Herb is a Red Speckled Hind but he can change hue. He also has a friend, Herb Junior, with whom he would rather not share food. Herb being the larger of the two will assume a light sand matching colour and come right out away from the reef and wait underneath me as I...
Porpita porpita

Porpita porpita

The blue button lives on the surface of the sea and consists of two main parts: the float and the hydroid colony. The hard float is round, almost flat, and about one inch wide. The hydroid colony, which can range from bright blue turquoise to yellow, resembles...
White Sponge

White Sponge

Though sponges are animal they do not have much you can see moving. Inside they have a whip (flagellum) who’s movement causes water flow. Dissolved organic matter, diatoms and other very small goodies stick to a mucous lined membrane and they call that lunch....
Octopus

Octopus

Octopus and squid are the most advanced of all mollusks. They are shape shifting masters of disguise. Like crustaceans they use copper rather than iron in their blood to transport oxygen.  Hence their blood is a greeny blue rather than red like ours. Perhaps the...
Glaucus Atlanticus

Glaucus Atlanticus

This is the rarest creature we have ever found. I am pleased my son Ben managed to get some photos before setting it back on its way. This mollusk has no shell as this would make it sink. It eats Portuguese-man-o-wars and keeps the powerful stingers as spoils of war...
Bronson and Martica

Bronson and Martica

In 1947 Bronson first laid eyes on model and Cuban firecracker Martica. In those days polite gentlemen did not just walk up to a sophisticated socialite and try and ‘hit’ on them. The only problem is that their only mutual friend wanted this exotic beauty...
Locust Lobster

Locust Lobster

This is a very primitive looking fellow. His MO is to use the paddle pushers on his front to turn over loose rock and eat the critters scuttling for safety. These crustaceans  are rare so they are not on restaurant menus and most lobster divers would leave them alone...
Fairy Shrimp

Fairy Shrimp

I have not seen fairy shrimp in Bermuda for many years now. The environment has changed and their specialized niche has shrunk. These candy coloured critters mate for life. If you put a third one in a tank containing two, there will either be a battle to decide a...