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Added 27 December.
Short alfonsino. Peter and Guido saw this fish at Percy's. Far from home, it seemed stressed and was covered with parasites. For more details click here.
Added 27 December.
Nudibranchs at Percy's part 2. Percy's, near Rooi Els, keeps on delivering the nudibranch goods. A first sighting of Thecacera pennigera, and many Cuthona speciosa. For more details click here.
Added 27 December.
Crinoid shrimp has a name: Hippolyte apsyctos. The paper describing this new and striking species is being written. For more details click here.
Added 27 December.
Range extensions for clown anemone and "dreadlocks". Two of our favourite species have been sighted elsewhere. For more details click here.
Added 15 December.
Comber. Peter Southwood saw two of these fish at Percy's; an adult and a juvenile. While it can be found all around southern Africa's coast, it is rare, and this is the first sighting SURG knows about in Cape Town waters. For more details click here.
Added 15 December.
Friendly juvenile octopus. Octopus are not rare at Long Beach, as they can be found in holes, little bits of reefs and bottles about anywhere. Finding a friendly one like the one Pierre Niehaus had happily crawling over his hand is not that common. Thankfully he had the presence of mind to photograph it, and share it with us. For more details click here.
Added 4 December.
Box Jellyfish with juvenile Evileye Puffer. On 19 November we showed a box jellyfish with a young super klipfish as prey. At Long Beach we found another one with a large catch: a juvenile evileye pufferfish, still fully inflated. For more details click here.
Added 26 November.
Nudibranchs at Percy's. Recently on two back-to-back dives at Percy's, close to Rooi Els, Guido and Peter managed to see and photograph 17 different species of nudibranchs. For more details click here.
Added 26 November.
Koester. While the distribution of this fish ranges from Namibia all the way to Mozambique, this is not a common sight on our coastline. This young individual was seen at Percy's. For more details click here.
Added 19 November.
Flutemouth. Guido photographed a flutemouth like this earlier this ear, in June, at Pyramid Rock. This individual was seen inshore at A-Frame, and is most likely to be a different individual. For more details click here.
Added 19 November.
Box Jellyfish with Super Klipfish . It is surprisingly rare to see a box jellyfish with a meal inside, given the number we often see, but this one obviously got lucky and managed to catch a juvenile super klipfish. For more details click here.
Added 12 November.
Speckled klipfish Clinus venustris. Pierre photographed this unusual variation of the speckled klipfish - unusual in that about halfway along the body it changes pattern! Klipfish are well known to come in many colour variations and patterns, but this abrupt change from no pattern and pale yellow colour to a mottled darker colour pattern is interesting. For more details click here.
Added 3 November.
Sea swallow Glaucus atlanticus. Niklas and Erlend von Maltzahn had the pleasure of seeing this most stunning and unusual little nudibranch at Miller's Point, just off the launching jetty. It is unusual in that it is not sessile, instead, it floats on the surface and eats bluebottles! For more details click here.
Added 3 November.
Tritonia nilsodhneri. Guido and Peter on a dive on the east side of False Bay, near Gordon's Bay, (just) spotted this nudibranch which is extremely well camouflaged, perfectly imitating the gorgonia it lives on. For more details click here.
Added 3 November.
Chromodoris protea. Guido and Peter spotted this nudibranch on the same dive as the Tritonia nilsodhneri. A little known species, it at least now has a name, having been referenced as "sp2." in Gosliner's book. For more details click here.
Added 24 October.
Deepwater klipfish Pavoclinus profundus finally spotted again! This rare klipfish has been eluding me for many years now. Described from Knysna in 1960, it was collected locally as well several years ago, indicating is ocurred here, but finding it was not easy - in the end it was, as is often the case, pure luck! For more details click here.
Added 15 October.
Changing of the guard? Are Cape Dorids making a comeback? Are Inkspot Nudibranchs dissapearing? It seems so! For more details click here.
Added 15 October.
"Two Oceans" mentions that the crown crab, Hymenosoma orbiculare occurs throughout South Africa's coast. Further investigation however is revealing that there may actually be two, maybe three species! For more details click here.
Added 27 August.
Salps. Salps are interesting and odd animals, generally only found offshore and occasionally reaching remarkable lengths. For more details click here.
Added 20 August.
Shaggy sea hare Bursatella leachi While it ranges throughout most of southern Africa's coast, this nudibranch is not often sighted in Cape Town. For more details click here.
Added 31 July. Updated 27 August.
Tasseled scorpionfish Scorpaenopsis oxycephala. First spotted in 2004, this fish even made it into the papers! Initially thought to be only a visitor, numberous individuals of all sizes, have since been seen. It may thus actually be resident. This is exciting news, given its normal distribution!
Initially thought to be the raggy scorpionfish, Scorpaenopsis venosa, further investigation revealed it to be the tasseled scorpionfish instead. For more details click here.
Added 17 July.
Large salp with passenger, a black ruff. Seeing salps is not common, finding a huge one like this even less so. But this one had a passenger! For more details click here.
Added 3 July.
Pineapple fish Monocentris japonicus. Sighted once again! For more details click here.
Added 26 June.
Pteropods. These are a group of swimming molluscs, not often seen in False Bay. For more details click here.
Added 26 June.
Kaloplocamus ramosus. Seen and photographed by Georgina Jones and Sharon Albert on one of the Smitswinkel bay wrecks, this is an unusual deep water nudibranch. For more details click here.
Added 18 June.
Ghost Pipefish. Seen by various divers in late May at Pie Rock, A-Frame and Long Beach. It is a juvenile visitor, with a distribution usually at most as far south as East London. For more details click here.
Added 18 June.
Crinoid shrimp. Probably a new species of shrimp, which has managed to remain undetected until recently. While photographed in 2002 by Richard Steventon, it took a rediscovery in May by Georgina Jones and Sharon Albert, and them bringing it to the attention of Professor Charlie Griffiths of UCT, for it to hit the local divers news. For more details click here.
Added 18 June. Updated 6 November.
Myzostomid. Georgina Jones and Sharon Albert, on finding the crinoid shrimp, were puzzled by this funny bump on the crinoids, and asked Professor Charlie Griffiths of UCT what is was. Turns out it is a very odd little animal which is puzzling the scientific community somewhat as well! For more details click here.
Added 18 June.
Flutemouth. Seen by Guido at Pyramid Rock in May, this is a juvenile visitor, likely to have been brought in by a warm eddy of the Agulhas current. For more details click here.