2010 05 02- a simultaneous double breach, dolphins, and undertakers Print E-mail
Written by Andrew Stevenson   

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Dark skies and bumps as we set out on Sea Slipper with Captain Mike, Camilla, Carolyn and myself. We spot our first two spouts exactly where we expected to find whales and things were looking good but once again the whales were elusive. They seem to be breath holders. They didn't fluke, at least not often, and they seem to dive not very deep and just hold their breath (sleep?) for half an hour before reappearing in the same place again. We did find a pair and then later what seemed like a calf, its mother and an escort. The mother and escort breached simultaneously but the series of photos below were mostly partially blocked by bimini and stays.

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Going around the reefs we found three sea hares. Aplysia morio is commonly known as the Undertaker or as the sooty sea hare due to its black coloration. When witnessed, they exude a dark, mysterious appearance, and they disappear almost as quickly as they were seen. Aplysia are sparsely seen throughout the year in the intertidal zones of northern Bermudian waters or in waters ranging up to 40 m. These organisms are hermaphroditic and lay their eggs in beds of Laurencia, a type of algae, to protect their young from predation. They eat green, yellow, and red algae, specifically Laurencia sp. Aplysia secrete a toxic purple ink that is thought to be used for predator avoidance, as a warning signal, and for waste removal.

 
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