Some anemones in Fiji

BonsaiNut

Premium Member
Just came back from a couple weeks in Fiji. Thought people might enjoy some anemone pics :) I took all of these while snorkeling.

H. crispa
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E. quadricolor
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S. mertensii
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H. malu
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M. doreensis
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H. magnifica
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H. crispa (two color morphs next to each other, shared by a pair of A. frenatus)
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E. quadricolor
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S. haddoni
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seamonkey84

New member
Amazing! Especially love the second to last one with the nem in the center of an. Acro colony. I love seeing things in their natural setting.
 

BonsaiNut

Premium Member
Amazing! Especially love the second to last one with the nem in the center of an. Acro colony. I love seeing things in their natural setting.

I've got tons of shots of E. quadricolor colonies in acro colonies and tucked into rocks. I took almost 300 anemone shots this trip :)
 

bradleym

Premium Member
1:
Just came back from a couple weeks in Fiji.

We MISSED you!!! Welcome back! :)

2:
Thought people might enjoy some anemone pics :) I took all of these while snorkeling.

I can't believe it! All this and you weren't even diving?? I gotta go there!

And 3:
H. magnifica
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I checked my mail EVERY DAY and I don't remember seeing this at my doorstep. I thought we were closer than that. :(

All kidding aside, those are some amazing pics! Thanks for sharing.
 

OrionN

Moved on
:)No Gigantea? What is the mater with you?:)

Very nice pictures. I wish I have that Magnifica in my tank.
 

Reefvette

New member
Wow

Wow

Amazing mertens!!!!!!!!

the best part about it is when you go through all the pics you notice most anemones arent exposed to open water except the mertens and magnifica. Most are tucked away.

the haddon basically shows your how they live and why alot of times then dont do well in aquariums.

Bonsai how bad was the water movement by the haddoni?
 

BonsaiNut

Premium Member
:)No Gigantea? What is the mater with you?:)

I didn't see any. In fact, S. gigantea and H. aurora were the only two clown anemones I didn't see on the entire trip. The most numerous by far were E. quadricolor (almost always in colonies) and H. crispa. I have looked, and I have never seen a single S. gigantea photo online (or in books) that I can definitely source from Fiji. Of course, I only saw a tiny sliver of the islands - though I visited numerous reefs in an area of about 15 miles x 10 miles.
 

BonsaiNut

Premium Member
What camera were you using to take these pictures?

I was using a Canon Powershot D10. All photos are in natural sunlight without flash. For a compact point and shoot, I was really happy with the camera - it takes decent photos in the air as well (though I used a different camera as my primary land camera).
 

BonsaiNut

Premium Member
most anemones arent exposed to open water except the mertens and magnifica. Most are tucked away.

Yes; really only the H. magnificas were completely out on the rocks. Every anemone besides the haddonis were out on the reef wall - there were NONE in the shallows. Most of the anemones I saw had the ability to completely pull back into rocks.

Bonsai how bad was the water movement by the haddoni?

I only saw two haddonis on this trip, but they were both in the tidal surge zone. At low tide they were in less than 18" of water. They were so shallow they were at the margin of the beach sand and the sea grass beds.
 

BonsaiNut

Premium Member
It is tough taking pictures underwater primarily due to the fact that it is almost impossible to stay still while snorkeling. Most of these shots were along the top of the reef wall so they were typically in less than 10' of water. Here is an idea of what it looked like (you can see two magnificas on the wall if you look close):

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Where I stayed.

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What it looked like at sunset :)

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Reefvette

New member
luck person you are.

I think gigantea are not so common in fiji, i too have never seen or heard of any from there.
 
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