The scientist in the film thought that any attempt to stop evolution would be pointless, and, to prove it, we can take our beach as an example and see how life finds a way through many odd situations.
Take a look at the first photo. It’s a hermit crab; it uses stinging seaweed in order to protect itself from possible predators. It’s incredible to see how a little shell can become a fertile place for seaweed to grow!
Now look at this Verongia sponge, one of the most common invertebrates of Las Canteras’ seabed. Notice how the green seaweeds climb up the surface of the sponge, using it to feed on and to grow.
And have you ever noticed those buoys near La Barra (the reef), right in front of Loopy’s? Now that’s a varied habitat! Their ropes, exposed to the ebb and flow of the tides are completely covered in seaweeds, like the brown padina pavonica that you can see in the photograph above. If you dive there and look carefully along the rope (almost 3m in length) you will find other details that might surprise you, like the hermit crab in the next photo, which uses the rope as a slide to reach the sandy seabed.
Young fish are often attracted by floating objects with bright colours, like these buoys. This gives us the opportunity to enjoy the company of unique species, like this ‘loquillo’ (senda fasciata small fry), which is having a great time swimming around the buoys. It’s almost impossible to take a good shot of this restless fish, but this time we caught it. A picture for our collection!
Let’s close this article with a wonderful shot, taken few years ago, when there was only one buoy. Here we have a great showcase of life: a group of young fish swimming excitedly in this exceptional habitat. Once more, life finds a way in the waters of Las Canteras.
P.S. Special thanks to our friend Alberto Amézaga, who gave us accurate information about the buoys through our forums.
Translation: Students from the 2nd Year 2008 at the Faculty of Translation and Interpreting, University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.