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On The Rocks Series – Strange Shellfish

The second upload of a short series of probably about half a dozen images of sea life and the natural forms found at the beach.

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The Cowrie Hole, New South Wales – Australia. I have added this image to the “ID Me” Group, hoping to find out what species it is.

While exploring the rock shelf and tidal pools at the beach late one afternoon I found this bizarre little creature. It was submerged in about 4 inches of water in one of the rock pools and it very slowly crawled along on the rocks. When I first saw it, it’s body was closed. Then it gradually started to open out its body and it looked like it might have been eating plankton that was trapped in the pool.

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This image was caught using a Canon 450D with a 55 – 250 mm lens set at full zoom.


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I enjoy the whole creative process from beginning to end and seek to discover and portray the world in all of it’s rich, intense colours and interesting forms, textures and subjects. I draw inspiration from the harmonious colour schemes often present in the natural environment when creating my Graphic Designs, or composing a Photograph or other work.

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  • cherylc1
    cherylc1over 3 years ago

    What an interesting looking creature!!! Awesome capture my friend!

  • Thanks a lot Cheryl! It was amazing!

    – reflector

  • Solomon Walker
    Solomon Walkerover 3 years ago

    wow! very unusual looking fish, excellent photo capture too

  • Thank you Solomon! I’d never seen one before and it was so strange. Online research suggests it’s a gastropod – a mollusk with a shell.

    – reflector

  • Marilyn Harris
    Marilyn Harrisover 3 years ago

    Beautifully captured James. Looks interesting! :o)

  • Thanks Marilyn! :)) It was interesting, and I found quite a few strange little things there.

    – reflector

  • tori yule
    tori yuleover 3 years ago


  • Thank you Tori!

    – reflector

  • James Gibbs
    James Gibbsover 3 years ago

    Awesome capture and close-up!

  • Thanks for your great comment!

    – reflector

  • Quinn Blackburn
    Quinn Blackburnover 3 years ago

    gorgeous! I love the light and textures here, well done :o)

  • Thanks Quinn! I’m glad I found that “thingy”! :))

    – reflector

  • Virginia McGowan
    Virginia McGowanover 3 years ago

    yes superb! wow fun !!

  • Thanks Ginny! At one stage I thought “Wow! It’s opening out and it must think that the flash going off so much is the sun.” But I thought about it and realized it would be eating plankton.

    – reflector

  • shallay
    shallayover 3 years ago

    Interesting little guy, I don’t recognise the shell – you were lucky to find him alive – and uneaten!

  • My research suggests it’s a gastropod – a mollusk with a shell. There are so many it’s very hard for me to tell what it’s name is. I was lucky to spot it but with the whole area going into shadows much earlier than I’d anticipated, the whole shoot became focused on finding oddities and using the flash most of the time. :)

    – reflector

  • Rainy
    Rainyover 3 years ago

    Wonderful capture James!

  • Thanks Rainy, much appreciated!

    – reflector

  • rasnidreamer
    rasnidreamerover 3 years ago

    Ahhh! This is a fabulous addition to your series! It’s perfect. XXSUEXX

  • Thank you Sue! :)x I was happy to find it in a spot on the rocks that wasn’t inaccessible or dangerous.

    – reflector

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