Jelly for Dinner

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Derek Holzapfel on November 13, 2010

Here is a first for me this week. This Giant Sunflower Star devouring a Lions Mane Jelly. A haunting sight at first until I figured out what was going on. Yum Yum.

kamalyn on November 14, 2010

wow - lol,until seeing Timo's photo and now this one, I never knew jellyfish were such a delicacy in the underwaterworld! And especially amazing that the star can eat the huge Lion's Mane! How large was the starfish?

a fascinating photo!!

Laurel211 on November 14, 2010

This is a really amazing capture Derek, not something you see everyday. It's beautiful too, I love the colour and detail.

Derek Holzapfel on November 14, 2010

Thanks Laurel; Diving here is like a box of chocolates, I never know what I am going to see :-)

Derek Holzapfel on November 14, 2010

Hi Kamalyn; The Sunflower Star is the largest sea star in our oceans. They can become up to 1m wide and will eat just about anything. And once their 15,000 little tube feet start running, they can really move (well in a relative kind of way).... :-) regards Derek

tmoj on November 15, 2010

Hi Derek,

very good! Now it's proven that not only the Japanese and sea anemones see jellies as a delicacy!

Very nice picture with good detail and colours.

How deep is this and what kind of flash are you using? Looking from your EXIF data, you've had your aperture fully open with 1/125s at ISO100, I would guess you've been at least 1 metre from the sea star. And no "snow storm" from the particles in the water.

Best regards, Timo

Derek Holzapfel on November 15, 2010

Good Morning Timo; Nothing is wasted in the ocean. Actually, I have tried oriental pickled Jelly once. Thanks for your comment. This was an experimental photo dive last week in 10m of water where I was testing different settings without using diffusers on my lights. Particulate is a nightmare for me were I live due to lots of rain and storms. It is so important to light from the sides and top down to avoid "snow". I also remove "snow" with healing brush and dust/scratch removal filters when required in the background. You are right, I was a bit further than 1 meter away and that is the limit for my lighting setup. I use an Olympus UFL-1 strobe mounted on the center of my housing, and have two 12 led lights on an arm off on the right side and handhold at 15w light in my left hand. Lighting is always a juggling act, as is trying to reduce my own movement. Touching any part of the ocean floor causes a dust storm. take care Timo, regards Derek

els f on November 15, 2010

wonderful to see.. looks like it gives light.. like

Derek Holzapfel on November 15, 2010

Thanks Els; Hopefully I can get u/w water again this week to see what is going on. Derek

denyee on November 15, 2010

derek: great photos; really unique,and creatures most of us will never get to see in the flesh. World-class, I would say. thank you very much. JB

Derek Holzapfel on November 15, 2010

Thanks for your visit JB.

~ Denise Cottin ~ on November 16, 2010

Wow! Wow! Wow! Amazing capture!

Nawitka on November 25, 2010

Amazing again! Was the Lion's Mane dead? I heard that by the time they end up in our waters they are dead or near death.

Derek Holzapfel on November 25, 2010

Hi Nawitka, yes the jelly would have been dead as their lifecycle completes this time of year. But can you just picture a Sea Star zooming through the water in chase? :-)

Nawitka on February 23, 2011

Ah-ha! I knew it was the same one! Congrats on making the cover of Island Tides

Derek Holzapfel on February 23, 2011

Thanks Nawitka; Good memory you have to catch that.

Nawitka on February 23, 2011

Oh, that is easy! This one was quite memorable, for starters. But I can remember all kinds of images. Car keys are another matter -- the only way I can find things in my house is to remember what they looked like when I put them down. :D

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  • Uploaded on November 13, 2010
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    by Derek Holzapfel
    • Camera: OLYMPUS CORPORATION C8080WZ
    • Exposure: 0.125s (1/8)
    • Focal Length: 7.10mm
    • F/Stop: f/2.378
    • ISO Speed: ISO100
    • Exposure Bias: -0.30 EV
    • Flash fired

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