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photoblog image A Sea Urchin?

A Sea Urchin?

This isn't a pic I'm totally happy abouut but I do want to know what that thing is!  I don't have a clue.  It reminds me of a sea urchin of some sort.  Anybody know?  (That was it's color, BTW!)  It may have been about 6 inches (15cm) in diameter.  (I'm not talking about the fish.)

Martin gets the GOLD star for first calling this a sea anemone.
Max Black gets the Green Star for Anthopleura xanthogrammica!
(a sea anemone)

This is a series of pics taken at our Georgia Aquarium here in Atlanta last week.


A Sea Urchin?

This isn't a pic I'm totally happy abouut but I do want to know what that thing is!  I don't have a clue.  It reminds me of a sea urchin of some sort.  Anybody know?  (That was it's color, BTW!)  It may have been about 6 inches (15cm) in diameter.  (I'm not talking about the fish.)

Martin gets the GOLD star for first calling this a sea anemone.
Max Black gets the Green Star for Anthopleura xanthogrammica!
(a sea anemone)

This is a series of pics taken at our Georgia Aquarium here in Atlanta last week.


comments (30)

I didn't spring for the lens with image stabilization because it was expensive. These shots make me wish I hadn't been so cheap smile

I think this may be an anemone, but someone who knows this stuff better will probably correct me on that.
Ginnie Hart: This particular Canon came with the IS already built in, Martin, which is why I bought it last May before a cruise, as well as for it's 12x optical zoom. I knew we'd be seeing lots of things from far away off the ship.

You are absolutely correct about this being a sea anemone. Max Black gave me the proper Latin name which I have now added to the text. He gets the Green Star but you get the Gold Star. smile
I don't know what it is, Ginnie, but I love this picture! Very sharp and vivid.
Ginnie Hart: As we now know (from comments) it IS a sea anemone. I should have known that from "Nemo," right? smile

Thanks for your kind comment, Kay.
  • dotun
  • 29 Mar 2007, 04:11
Brilliantly composed, the green in the foreground make this shot a winner.
Ginnie Hart: You're so kind, Dotun. Thanks.
oh wow - from the thumbnail, I though this was some type of flower. Beautiful colors.
Ginnie Hart: Living "flowers" under the sea, Jen. That's what we'll call them. smile
  • Robs
  • 29 Mar 2007, 04:44
Whatever it is, it is very nice, and your picture wonderful. I really love the color of the fish, it seems a stone!
Ginnie Hart: That one fish, Rob was one of the reasons why I DID like this pic, so thanks. It seemed like it was protecting the sea anemone. smile Thanks for your kind comments, as always.
Donno what that is Ginnie. But it is a good shot. Would have been better if there was some more light in the frame - specially on the stones smile
Ginnie Hart: I guess I'm more of a purist when it comes to shots like this, Thomas, wanting them to have that same hint of "dark" mystery that I got when I saw it at the aquarium. And actually, I'm quite sure this is a bit lighter after sharpening and contrasting it a bit. But I can certainly see where you're coming from and thank you for the suggestion.
Oh nice Ginnie... Does the fish have to be afraid by the Urchin ?
Ginnie Hart: I've decided the fish was protecting the sea anemone from ME! smile
Some species are so weird and different in the sea. Incredible colours !
Ginnie Hart: It really is that color, Florence, after seeing the link I found when I found out it was indeed a sea anemone:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anthopleura
Somebody dropped their bath sponge in the tank! Quick summon security, we have to get to the bottom of this...oh, we're already on the bottom...Good colour on the annnemony...anemanon..ahem..annonemen oh whatever the heck it is!
Ginnie Hart: HA HA! I got quite the kick outta your comment, Andrew, as I started hearing Nemo's line running through my head. And sea anemone it is! smile
  • dafredo
  • the bar
  • 29 Mar 2007, 07:26
maybe it's the sponge that has been forgotten form the cleaning team ? smile I can't really help you there though! nice one Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: By now I know it's a sea anemone, Frederic, but I kinda like the idea of the cleaning sponge. smile
I have no clue what it is , but it sure stands out. The colours in pic really contrast well.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Shakar. By now I know it's a sea anemone:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anthopleura
  • paul
  • 29 Mar 2007, 09:14
why aren't you happy with the picture? I rather like it! No idea what it is though
Ginnie Hart: By now I know it's a sea anemone, Paul: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anthopleura

What I don't like about it is the cut-off fish in the top-left corner. But I didn't particularly want to clone them out. I wasn't sure about the balance of the composition the way I cropped it. Thanks for asking.
  • Max Black
  • making mueseli
  • 29 Mar 2007, 09:44
Anthopleura xanthogrammica, any other questions?
Ginnie Hart: Max Black is the Walking Encyclopedia! grin You got the Green Star after I put your "answer" in my text above. (In case you wanted to know.)
I'm totally agree with Max smile
Ginnie Hart: You're both right and I've now added the trivia to my text. smile
  • Ruth
  • Michigan, USA
  • 29 Mar 2007, 11:24
Hmm, like Paul I wonder why you're unhappy with this one? It's actually my favorite so far in this series. wink I like seeing the fish and rocks in the frame.
Ginnie Hart: Interesting, Ruth, that this is your favorite thus far. There is definitely something about it I like but this is what I told Paul about what I DON'T like: "What I don't like about it is the cut-off fish in the top-left corner. But I didn't particularly want to clone them out. I wasn't sure about the balance of the composition the way I cropped it."

What I do like is the one fish that came through so clear, as though it were protecting the anemone. I also liked the way the water made me feel--the dark mystery of it. It's a whole other world down there!
Hi Ginnie,
one question, how did you get the pict.? yes so many the unknown things in the ocean, and this one too hehe..
But whatever it's, we're like it smileIt's very nice pict.
Ginnie Hart: Well, Dudee, I just stuck the camera up next to the window and clicked the shutter! That's really about it. I did a bit of PPing--contrast, shadows, sharpening. Just the usual. I think I probably also used the Noice Filter program on this.

By now, we all know this is a sea anemone.! smile
  • chris p
  • no place like home!
  • 29 Mar 2007, 17:30
Very cool Ginnie, not easy to get pictures this good in an aquarium.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Chris. Your comments always mean a lot to me!
superbe photo de fonds marins! j'aime beaucoup
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, O-P. smile
  • Neil Tandy
  • Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 29 Mar 2007, 18:44
Well gramma Ginn, everyone else has been so nice, I can't think of anything to write that can be better!! Lovely subject matter and colours. Now get to the beach and get on "au naturelle"!!!! LOL. grin Well done dear lady. Kindest as always, Neil.-x-
Ginnie Hart: You're always so sweet, Neil, even when you give constructive criticism. Thank you.
What an amazing and interesting world you show us, I have never suspected this kind of creatures are hidding down at the bottom of seas... Great that you decided to share your cusiosity with us! smile
Ginnie Hart: It really IS another world, Monika. There's a world above ours (the Universe) and a world below ours in the seas. So amazing to see what's there. Thanks for your comment.
  • Deb
  • 29 Mar 2007, 20:39
That color! Wow!
I've only tried taking pictures at an aquarium once and they were so bad I threw them all out.
Yours are so fabulous!
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, Deb. Thank you kindly.
I'm happy with this one smile The focus/sharpness looks great - and I like the green colour
Ginnie Hart: Glad you like it, Aksel. smile
This is just beautiful Ginnie. Need to have an email discussion with you about how you get these stunning shots.
Ginnie Hart: You are very kind, Chris, but I'm quite sure you'd be disappointed with my answer. I mostly just point and shoot and then tweak a bit with PS. I think it must help to have an Inage Stabilizer built into my camera so that I don't have to worry much about camera shake. I don't usually fiddle with a mono-/tripod at all or with the shutter speed, etc. I'm really not that expert at all!!!
  • Mia
  • 30 Mar 2007, 03:28
Good capture, it looks so artificial for some reason!
Ginnie Hart: I know what you mesn, Mia! That's what I thought. smile
  • Abi
  • 30 Mar 2007, 11:06
thanks for sharing
Ginnie Hart: You're welcome, Abi. smile
I would say this pic looks surreal not artificial at all. Personally I think the chopped off fish gives the pic a bit of motion and keeps the photo alive. Nicely done!
Ginnie Hart: Awww. Thanks, Josie, for that comment on the "broken" fish. I just wasn't sure how I felt about them. Your idea of motion keeping the pic alive actually helps.
I like the colours. It appears a little as if you've changed the anemone's colour to emphasize it. Somehow it's a light in the dark. smile
Ginnie Hart: No, I didn't change the color at all, Julia, which really is the amazing thing about it. I don't know if there was internal showcase lighting that enhanced it, however. Maybe? Thanks for your comment.
  • Ellie
  • 30 Mar 2007, 23:47
grin I like the way the fish is eyeing up the sea anemone as if it's worried it's going to suddenly make a grab at it!

Are these natural colours or the effect of the lighting in the aquarium? It's a very dayglo urchin!
Ginnie Hart: Good question, Ellie. What you see is basically what it looked like. I'm sure there's lighting somewhere inside the cases to let us see what's there, but I don't know enough about these creatures to know if they can be this color on their own. I do know that they spray a poison/venom when they feel threatened and I wonder if that's what it's doing in that one spot?!
Very well done : This one is going right to my likeys !!
Ginnie Hart: Awwww. You've made my day, Zeb! Thank you.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 1 Apr 2007, 22:46
Looks a bit plastic (unreal) this anemone. Great picture with very nice depth to it. The green contrasts well in the (almost) B&W of the rest of the pic.
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, Louis. Thank you.

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