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Nosy fish – keeping watch. The eyes have it!


I'm keeping watch for predators and intruders. You can see from this video that I have unusual eyes and can look in different directions at the same time.

I've spotted something interesting. I'm off!
 

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Stand-off!

A while after I watched those youngsters fighting, I had an argument of my own to sort out. Another large male tompot blenny (that’s him on the right in the video) was spending too much time near my home, so I swam out to confront him. Our stand-off lasted nearly 30 minutes and the video below shows just a small part of it.

You can see we were both trying to scare each other away and prove we were the bravest, without actually using our teeth and risking getting a nasty injury. We’re a bit older and wiser than those youngsters! You could say we were ‘all show and no go’ but a lot of adult animals use that tactic, not just fish like me. Anyway, you’ll be pleased to know I saw the intruder off in the end and am still the proud boss of my crevice!

Watch the video here! : vimeo.com

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Practising for adulthood?

I was very amused when I saw these two young tompot blennies (2 cm long) having a play fight, a bit like wolf cubs sorting out their pecking order. You'd think that at their size they should keep hidden away safe from predators. But no, they're more interested in fighting out in the open!

Take a look at the video here! vimeo.com

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Mini me?

What’s this? A little tompot blenny (2cm long) is swimming along the ledge in front of my home. He has just settled out of the plankton having developed from a nearly transparent fish larva into a young tompot blenny. He must have been from an early hatching around the end of June and has spent the last 2 months munching his way in the plankton. Can you see from the video that he is not at all bothered by me watching him? Quite a cheeky little show off, could he be a mini me?

Here's the link to the video! Hope you enjoy it! vimeo.com

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Mini me?

What’s this? A little tompot blenny (2cm long) is swimming along the ledge in front of my home. He has just settled out of the plankton having developed from a nearly transparent fish larva into a young tompot blenny. He must have been from an early hatching around the end of June and has spent the last 2 months munching his way in the plankton. Can you see from the video that he is not at all bothered by me watching him? Quite a cheeky little show off, could he be a mini me?

Here's the link to the video! Hope you enjoy it! vimeo.com

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A thoughtful Dad

I’m thinking about my babies (tompot blenny larvae) swimming, eating and developing in the plankton, I hope they are OK.

It reminded me of this excellent video called ‘The Power of Plankton’ from SAHFOS* which promotes the importance of plankton - the amazing drifting part of my underwater world.

Did you know that the PLANT PLANKTON (phytoplankton) PRODUCES almost 50% of the WORLD’S OXYGEN? That’s one of the reasons why caring for our seas is so important!

By watching the video I also learnt that my babies are classed as MEROPLANKTON, along with the eggs, larvae and juveniles of many different types of fish. This also includes the young stages of other marine animals such as barnacles, crabs, starfish and sea anemones.

You can watch this video and learn all about these things for yourself here: wtru.st

Many thanks to SAHFOS *Sir Alister Hardy Foundation for Ocean Science www.sahfos.ac.uk for producing ‘The Power of the Plankton’ video.