Thursday, September 22, 2011

Tim the Trumpetfish

Greetings! I am Tim the Trumpetfish and live by Great St James and I would like to give you a glimpse into my underwater realm!

We are actually relatives of seahorses and can be yellow or green with blue or purple heads and to make it more intresting we can easily change color!  We can exceed a meter in length and our heads being about one third of that length!  We swim vertically with our snout down to blend into the background of sea sponges ,sea fans and sea whips to hide from predators or feed.

We have to be very crafty when trying to catch a meal. We can hang out with large herbivorous creatures shadowing them till we have the opportunity to strike,but usually we  hang vertically in the water, drifting with the current till the unlucky victim passes underneath us then,WHAM! We suck them up like a vaccum using a method called "pipette feeding"and lunch is served! (We are not limited by the visible size of our snuts we have elastic tissues that strech to accommidate larger meals if need be!)

Well, enough of the spooky stuff we are also quite the lovers! Our courtship rituals or "dances" are very elaborate using our color changing abilities. But thats not all! The men carry a huge burden in the reproductive process! We are the ones who not only fertilize but carry the eggs in a our pouch till they are born! So ladies there are great guys out there who also share your pain.

There is so much more to us than what meets the eyes - come and see whats under the caribbean waters! Call New Horizons Charters at 340-775-1171 and they'll be sure to make arrangements to intoduce us to each other... I look forward to meeting you! =)

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