During a dive they’ve always got their head hidden under the Sargassum seaweed as they fossick for interesting shapes and colours to photograph. Here are some small – and not so small – creatures that Malcolm captured caught on camera. Starting at the big end of the scale – this crayfish came wandering out to meet Malcolm and kept coming until it actually bumped into his camera!
This warty wobbly blob is the size of a tennis ball – and it’s a wandering anemone. You see anemones all the time in rock pools around New Zealand, and they are stuck in one place. When they sense danger they retract into a small ball, and when they are relaxed and feeding they wave their tentacles around in the water. This guy, however, can get up and move around! It may not be the fastest kid on the block, but it can shift from one place to another.
And these little jewels are cup corals. It is too far south and too cold at the Three Kings to get coral reefs like you do in the tropics, but
there are lots of lovely solitary corals, such as these orange beauties, which I think look a little like dried apricots.