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island_sands

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hey guys
read this carefully, especially the biological names

Shedding new light on the humble sea cucumber

The detritus-feeding sea cucumber.

An example of a “cup” ossicle.

The strawberry sea cucumber.
A major study of New Zealand’s sea cucumbers that is nearing completion, and recent taxonomic work, are providing a fuller picture of the diversity of this remarkable group of creatures.

Literally in a class of their own (Class Holothuroidea or holothurians), sea cucumbers are the less charismatic worm-like cousins of sea-stars, sea-urchins, and sea-lilies.

There are five orders of holothurians; however, only one, the Aspidochirotida, is commonly known. This is partly because of their conspicuous nature, but also because this order is a popular food species and is sold in some parts of the world as a natural health supplement because of its alleged aphrodisiac properties. :hmm
In New Zealand there is only one well-known species – the aspidochirotid Stichopus mollis.

amazing. Pablo, i see why you enjoy NZ so much. ;)
 

Pablo

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Originally posted by island_sands

amazing. Pablo, i see why you enjoy NZ so much. ;)

No... we will start to enjoy when you come to visit me!!! :mute :mute :p
 

Pablo

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You are perverting this place.... look at Snorkel Bum drawings!!! :naughty :naughty
 

roy_nexus_6

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perhaps Snorkel Bum came up with his idea by observing how sea cucumbers absorb oxygen from the water ??? rofl
 

Adrian

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Oh Oh! I tried to get a flight to NZ but they told me all the airlines are booked for the next five years. Something about a rumor on an internet forum....:waterwork

By the way I'm just getting my scuba certification, and contrary to popular belief, I find the fish are much more friendly despite the bubbles than when freediving! I'm talking about the larger and more skittish fish such as sargos (breams). They come up to a meter or so from me. Maybe they have learnt that if there is the sound of bubbles accompanying a large shape there is no danger, (no spearfishing on scuba allowed here), but if there is a stealthy shape coming along silently - better scram! I'd like to hear your experences on this. I'm finding I'm really enjoying scuba as well.

Adrian
 

island_sands

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hey Adrian
who are you doing your course with? are you doing it in L'Escala?
 

Adrian

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I'm doing it with Bernadette Grassi (Grassi-Sub). She has a small dive center in L'Escala. It's nice as she only wants to work with small groups. (www.grassisub.com) She knows the Poseidon people as I think she used to teach with them but started her own business a few years ago. We have been diving around Montgo, la Xinxa, la Cova del Sal, that area. Soon we'll do the Regia wreck and a nocturnal dive.

Adrian
 

island_sands

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ah... la Cova del Sal.. gorgeous. tell them to take you to the Cathedral..
 

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Hey Adrian,

is she any relation to Valerio Grassi (formerly Omer) now Seatec?

Shane
 

Adrian

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Shane,
I asked her about this before and she didn't know anything. Maybe it's another branch of the family or not related at all.

Sara: By coincidence we just did the cathedral. It's to the right of Montgo point, in Cala Viuda right? Anyway, a huge arch/tunnel starting at around 13 meters. Then we went into some tunnels further on and saw bogavantes (large blue lobsters with claws), lots of spiny lobsters, red coral, prawns, cigalas (slipper lobsters) and various other cave dwellers. It felt very primeval and ancient...back to the origins. A lovely dive.

Adrian
 
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