Feed­ing

Asian Diver (English) - - Feature -

Once the clean­ing is done, a fish has to eat. Muck div­ing pro­vides a fas­ci­nat­ing a glimpse into the hunt­ing and feed­ing meth­ods of ma­rine life. I was hov­er­ing just above the sand dur­ing a dive, ob­serv­ing a pipefish closely, as it moved slowly to­wards teeny-tiny lar­val fish. Of course, ev­ery time it got closer, the fish moved slightly fur­ther away, which con­tin­ued un­til the pipefish sud­denly lunged with speed and ac­cu­racy and made a meal out of one of the baby fish.

On an­other dive, I found two har­lequin shrimps play­ing tug of war with a starfish leg. Har­lequin shrimps will in­ject a starfish with paralysing venom, which keeps the starfish alive but un­able to move, en­abling the shrimp pair to feast on it slowly. Starfish can re­gen­er­ate their arms, so if the shrimps time it right, one arm can be re­grow­ing as they are eat­ing an­other and the starfish be­comes an end­less food sup­ply.

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