The Bandtail Puffer are with their cute face one of the most toxic fishes that we can find in the waters of Atlantic. The poison existing in this fish by the presence of tetrodotoxin and saxitoxin which are found in their skin, viscera and gonads. They can as their other members in their family puff up them self as an defense if the deadly poison is not enough.
This nasty little critters are mostly found in shallow waters but are as well documented to been sighted as far as 45 meters. They prefer staying at reefs and seagrass where they hide and haunting for their favourite food. Ranging from crustaceans, mollusks polychaetes, plants and even living fish heads by there own family members.
These little sea monsters reaching an not to impressing size of 30 cm. But what to become impressed of is that they manage to spread their cuteness globally from Canary island, Central América, United States and even so far as Haiti.
They are extremely cute and that would proberly be the reason why it is the most common fish that people have in their aquariums. It’s tough to be that cute…
I guess we all have witness some seconds that done us speechless.
I remember the seconds that would change my life.
It were by the coast of Thailand and we were just about to end our dive. When a magnificently turtle swims up and faced me with the pitch dark eyes. And it affected me as nothing done before. I’ve got spelled bound and I heard them. I heard the whispers.
It all started by a friendly turtle decided to share his time with me for the last minutes of the dive. And I will never forget the eyes that talked to me that day.
And it showed me where I was meant going.
I listen to it.
I could finally see it.
The cuttlefish are part of the family cephalopod, which includes squids, octopus and nautilus. Nautilus are weird looking pelagic octopus.
The master of camouflage has three hearts and trough this three hearts green blood circulating. The blood of a cuttlefish has another kind of protein, hemocyanin. Hemocyanin are full of copper which giving the exclusive green color to the blood.
The buoyancy are adjusted by the air that is filled up in their cuttle bone. By increasing and releasing air in the chamber they are adjusting their buoyancy.
This buoyancy method inspired today’s submarines!
In an everyday life this creatures are hovering around over the reef on the haunt for small fish, crabs and shrimps. Which they catch with their two super arms that break apart the prey with the suckers. The final kill is by inject a strong poison in to their prey.
All cuttlefish has a venom to use on their haunt. But the flamboyant cuttlefish has a venom that been discovered to be as poison as the blue ringed octopus. A poison considered to be one of the world’s most venomous from marine animals.
The cuttlefish has a camouflage that is admired all around the world. By a mere second they can change to all different colors and shape by special powers in their skin cells.
If this is not enough they can simply submerge in the sand bottom and become invisible with the sand pattern.
The last defense this guy are using is confusing ink and a yet propulsion to shoot them self away from danger.
The cuttlefish are estimated to be the smartest invertebrate on earth.
The pictures below show you the change of the cuttlefish. Amazing.
When you work as a diving instructor, many people are wondering about your future.
Well, what is a future?
What is a future without doing what you love?
What is a future without your passion?
For me, I was born for this.
I can´t live without it.
I sacrifice a lot to live in this businesses.
I lost track of having a normal life.
But I gained so much more.
Have you ever been surrounded by a huge school of graceful manta rays?
Have you ever been swimming through an endless school of fish?
Have you ever been speachless by the sight infront of you?
And been able to call it a work?
Do you really want to spend all that precious time at a work that you don´t love?
In the long run, I know I won’t be the richest but I know I will die with no regrets, surrounded with people from my adventures and I know I lived my life to the fullest.
In the end I won’t end up as one of the hundred most wealthy people.
But the thing is, I don´t belong there.
My life and my future belongs to the ocean.
And I have never been happier then right now.
And that´s what matters right?
What matters to you?
Please like and share my stories out to the world.
The ocean covers 72% of our planet.
This ocean has developed from the very first life 3.5 billion years ago until today. Through evolution life has been washed away and some of it been developed to perfection.
Today we have discovered less then 5% of the world’s ocean. This 5% has shown us 230 000 species, it’s still estimated that we have 2 million different creatures to find.
The tiny shrimp and the 180 tonne blue whale are both here because they are supposed to be out there in the ocean. The evolution still need them to balance our planet.
In the end they are all connected to each other. We need every piece of the puzzle.
Somehow on the journey from monkeys to humans we forgot where we came from. We lost our roots to nature.
We started to play god.
But out there is light, there are good people that want to change the future.
And I believe in us. Not all of us, but most of us. We have the choice to change the future.
The rule when it’s comes to the ocean is simple; we don’t mess with it.
Let’s change our future. For the world, for everything that’s good in it.