Wednesday, July 20, 2016

My Best Ctenophore Shot Yet!

If you’ve been following this blog, you may have noticed that I have this thing about ctenophores, little jellies with cilia (little hairs) that ripple in beautiful colors. The problem in trying to get a photo of them is that they’re mostly see-through, so the camera focuses on what’s behind them. I’ve nearly drowned myself several times trying to line up just…the…right…shot before having to surface for air. The upside of that is that my breath-holding ability has really increased. Anyway, shooting up toward the surface seems to work well, and I finally got a shot that didn’t just look like a fuzzy, out-of-focus blob. Yeah! Actually, I’ve gotten at least one other decent shot, because I got an email from a young woman (marina biologist in the making – another yeah!) thanking me for posting a picture of a ctenophore in St. Lucia. She apparently encountered the same critter and appreciated my having found a good description of it online. So nice that I could help!

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