Live Harpa from Zanzibar

 
Harpa amouretta  live in the studio. The animal moves easily out of the water.

Harpa amouretta live in the studio. The animal moves easily out of the water.

 

Back to some pictures taken in the Zanzibar Archipelago on July 15, 2006.

This cute Harpa amouretta was observed during the day at northwestern Unguja Island by 6 meters deep, on coarse sand and dead coral blocks (left).

A few meters away, another Harp had made about fifty cream-colored capsules, fixed under a dead coral slab, right next to a cuttlefish lay eggs (right).

What a pleasure to watch these beautiful animals evolve in their natural environment!

A few days before, on July 6, I took my portable studio and had so much luck to find a small colorful Harpa amouretta (left) and a highly ribbed Harpa cabriti (right) in the same diving spot. These specimens were crawling on fine white sand during the day in a grass field at 3 meters deep.

All Pictures: O’Khaen, 2006 All rights reserved

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