In keeping with the spirit of the season our local artist, and girl about the shop Kristie Anderson has established a Halloween theme for our recent sightings board, and has proven that she has more fonts than my word processor!
Along with the expected decorations of monsters, spiders, vampires, and those frightening pea hunters Creepy Coco and Eerie Erica, we also see listed horrific sightings of Blood Worms, a Slimy Doris, and every human male's darkest nightmare; The Night Shrimp Complex!
Blood Worms? Oh yes, they are here living in the darkness of caves during the day, and coming out at night! They are small, blood red worms less than an inch long that come out in the thousands attracted by the lights on night dives. Although harmless, they can swarm around the lights and be a bit annoying by crowding up the place. Turning off your light and moving a short distance can give a brief relief, but they will find you! However revenge can be yours. Holding your dive light close to a Brain Coral or Basket Star lures the Blood Worms into their natural predators. Before your very eyes hundreds are ensnared in the tendrils of the predators and consumed in a frenzied feast! OK, well maybe not frenzied, it is a piece of coral...
Also posted on the board is the Slimy Doris. Researching for this blog by going through the Fish ID books here at the shop, I have come to the conclusion that many were named by what had to be a mean-drunk Marine Invertebrate biologist with a real chip on his shoulder about a lady named Doris. Their names read like a list of insults; the Leather Backed Doris, the Black Lined Doris, the Antillean Doris, the Slimy Doris, and the Ilo Doris, not to mention close relatives Cross's Side-gill Slug, and the Warty Side-gill Slug.
All are members of the general classification nudibranchs, which contain some beautifully named organisms like the Purple-crowned, and Gold-crowned Sea goddesses, and Spanish Dancers along with those of a lesser title.
It's just a name, right?
October's Dive Certifications
Having put up with our personalized customer service and dedication to our customers every desire, we are proud to announce that during the month of October, Noel Vasquez became a PADI Open Water Certified Diver here at West End Divers!
Let us take this opportunity to point out that if it is personal attention, and exclusive customer service you are looking for in a Scuba diving certification, it looks like this is your time of year!