Pygmy Seahorse Spotting - Leave it to the Professionals!
|Photo by J Gregory Sherman|
Before entering the water, he told us we’d try to see all five species in this one dive. I desperately wanted to believe him, but internally I scoffed, “All five in one? I’d be happy with even one!” I shushed the pessimistic doubter in me and flipped backwards into the water, determined to stay right with Macro Jack and his bionic eyes.
Immediately, Jack had honed in on a pink gorgonian sea fan and was carefully looking through it to find a pygmy. His flashlight glinted at me and he motioned me over, using his pointer to indicate a miniscule, pink seahorse! Then another! Two on one fan! They were absolutely awe-inspiring. Such detail in such a tiny creature! Jack used his hand to make a round semicircle from his stomach, signaling to me that one of them was pregnant! I had seen my first pygmy sea horses, pink Denise’s Pygmy Seahorses to be exact.
|Jack showing Sarah and Elizabeth the pygmy seahorse|
|Pygmy seahorse on fan from picture above|
Mark seemed to be having similar vision struggles as he attempted to photograph these minute wonders. These are the times he wishes he had reading lenses inside his mask, because trying to see if a speck is in focus with a busy coral reef in the background is quite the impossible task. Other divers we’ve seen carry large magnifying glasses and sophisticated macro photography lenses and lights that cost a small fortune. Unfortunately, that’s not quite in our cruising budget, so Mark does his best with he has, and manages to get some amazing shots!
|See size relative to fingernail...the seahorse is in the bottom right quadrant of photo!|
|The smallest of the pygmy seahorse swimming! VERY hard to photograph..so not a very good pic...|
|Searching for more seahorses!|
|Jack 'The Man' with macro vision and Sarah|