Last weekend I went diving with some friends on a trip organized by the website www.miplayadelascanteras.com. After taking a look at the sea bed and listening to people talking about what they had seen, I noticed an inevitable phenomenon which happens every time that someone starts out in this kind of sport: diving. I am referring the natural tendency we have to observe just larger sized species, forgetting one of the most beautiful kinds of life that we have been given by the sea to enjoy: minuscule sea life.
Generally, it is formed by tiny creatures, often no more than a centimetre long, with eye-catching colours and a strange anatomy. Hidden behind the rocks, half-buried in the sand, or stuck in the small cracks between the rocks, these tiny creatures always go unnoticed if you are not an expert observer. In this article I would like to show you some examples of the wonders that nature holds for us on a small scale, using macrophotos taken from very close-up (less than 10 cm).
The first pictures show two nudibranches (with boring Latin names I don’t want to quote now) crawling over the rocky and sandy sea bed which surrounds the reef.
The following picture is another good example of what you can see on the surface of a rocky crack: a friendly hermit crab using its powerful extremities to walk face down. Take a look at its curious eyes. Finally, let’s have a look at two animals that spend the whole weekend unhappily travelling from bucket to bucket as the object of children’s games. They are a crab and a goby. They finally go back to the sea at the end of the day, when the children pack away their buckets and spades. They are even prettier when you see them close up, aren’t they?
I hope that these pictures will encourage you to observe the sea beds of our beach more closely. And don’t forget that there is more life in the sea than is apparent at first glance. My best wishes and thanks to you all for the encouraging comments received during this weekend, not only in person but also through this wonderful web site.
Translation: Students from the 2nd Year 2008 at the Faculty of Translation and Interpreting, University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.