When I was a child I remember having a nightmare about ghosts coming out in the night. My father told me there wasn’t anything in my room at night that wasn’t there during the day. Well, I might have to argue that point when it comes to the ocean at night. Diving at night is one of the greatest pleasures I enjoy, and yet, that is when all the creepy, crawly critters come out that definitely aren’t there during the day. Perhaps it is my fascination with seeing things that few others have the opportunity to see that attracts me to diving at night. Perhaps it is just the creatures ability to camouflage during the day (and sometimes at night) that make them so interesting to see. Whatever it is, I can’t seem to get enough of the ocean at night. So here is my countdown of my top 10:
No. 10. The Mimic Octopus. It pulsates with color and changes shape as it is threatened or excited.
No. 9. Squid, and Pygmy Squid. (They differ in that the squid are about two or three inches long, and the Pygmy squid is about the size of my pinky fingernail.)
No. 8. Mandarin Fish which mate every evening at dusk.
No. 7. The Porcelain Crab. It feeds by sifting the water with it’s feather duster arms.
No. 6. The Creepy Crawly Sea Spider. (Yeah, they kind of give me the heebie jeebies)
No 5. The Box fish, or Cowfish. (Sometimes seen during the daytime, they are most active at night.)
No. 4. The Pygmy Cuttlefish. These guys are only about an inch long, and love to bury themselves in the sand.
No. 3. Well, speaking of cuttlefish, the big guys are cool too. This one was more like a foot long.
No. 2. The Skeleton Shrimp. These are the quirkiest critters I’ve ever seen. They are full of personality and character and are only about half an inch long.
No. 1. The Stargazer. These are truly creepy fish that hide under the sand until their prey comes by.