My family had decided to do night fishing along the harbour at night. I was planning to tag along and watch, as we often see more fish action at night. Then I realized: wouldn’t there be more activity in the rockpools at night?
My plan was correct. All I had was a little torch and my phone for photography. These conditions don’t lend themselves to decent photos in the best of conditions. I’m proud of what I got, considering.
I was right: the activity was different. Many creatures were a lot more active, especially the shrimp and snails.
Next time I’ll be returning with other family members and better lighting 🙂
Not enough detail to figure out what this is. I’m also learning that some sea anemones are really difficult to ID.
Zebra fish, Girella zebra.
I can’t be 100% certain because of the angle, but it has been suggested that it is Austrocochlea porcata. It’s so awesome to see the underside and actually watch it move.
The first couple are red-handed shrimps. I’ve seen them during the day but their markings are so much more different at night. I’m not sure what the last two are. Next time, I will focus on getting the identifying details.
I also may have dropped my phone on the rocks at night. I definitely don’t recommend it. I spent about 10 minutes pacing back and forth along a 10 metre area with a poor quality torch. It was facing down so naturally couldn’t pick up on any light. I was so far from family and couldn’t ask them to call.
I was so lucky I was able to find it. I could have walked to my parents and asked them to phone, but I was uncertain as to whether or not it was in the water. It was around this point I also saw a fox walk onto the beach.
I’ve learned to take a better bag and torch for next time.