Swing yer partner, do-si-do...

Wordless WednesdayWhat: Caribbean Spiny Lobsters (Panulirus argus)

Where: I took this photo of the 'dancing' lobsters during a night dive
off West Caicos, in the Turks & Caicos Islands.

Panulirus argus
[Click photo for larger view.]

My previous Wordless Wednesday posts.

37 comments:

  1. I simply love your photos. I look forward to trying to find you on WW. Thanks for sharing beautiful pics!!

    Happy WW!!

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  2. Haha, I love the idea of square dancing crustaceans! As ever a marvellous shot

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  3. hello Blue, it's been a long time since my last visit.

    that's a cool photo. meeting each other sort of like shaking hands.

    mineis now up, too! Happy WW!

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  4. I love your shots as well. Great job.

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  5. Always wonderful! You introduce me to a world I've always wanted to visit. (I wanted to be a marine biologist as a child but my parents told me I couldn't because we didn't live on a coast -- LOL)

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  6. I am torn between the "cool dancing lobsters" reaction and the "Ohh where's the melted butter?"reaction. Maybe I better go eat lunch, although it is more PB&J than lobster around here. Happy WW!

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  7. Underwater photography is fun and very enlightening :)

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  8. Hahaha...very clever and funny title for the photo!

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  9. Dancing lobsters, lol ! we have a publicity for water with dancing lobsters, it's too funny.

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  10. Thank you all for visiting and for your nice comments.

    @ Shannon - I know what you mean about the melted butter. That's quite a yummy looking tail on that lobster, isn't it?

    Bobbie

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  11. Great photo and caption. I'm with the melted butter people.

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  12. Each time I see your great pics I can only imagine how wonderful it must be to see these face to face, nothing but ocean water and a little space between you and them.
    :-)

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  13. Great shot and funny narration Bobbie, well done !!

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  14. Really cool! They do look like they are do-si-do-ing. :)

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  15. Really neat photo. It's nice to have the opportunity to see what you see. :-)

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  16. What a great shot and I love the coloring and detail on these interesting creatures...

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  17. The coloring is very beautiful. I have never seen this before. Thanks!

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  18. hahahah Love the caption too - you're a riot.

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  19. Those lobsters look good enough to eat. Nice picture and thank you for visiting me today.

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  20. that is an awesome photo and something I will never get to photo.

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  21. Nice shot. I wonder if they are friends or foes?

    Happy WW!

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  22. How cool is that!

    I just love all of your photos!

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  23. Gee, who knew lobsters could be so much fun?!?! Life of the party those two!

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  24. How unique to see an underwater shot of some very out of the ordinary creatures. That not only takes photography skill but also diving expertise. Impressive.

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  25. They look so different from the lobsters in Sweden...

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  26. That's an awesome shot. Love your title.

    Thanks for visiting my blog :)

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  27. OOoo how pretty!

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  28. Those guys look very neat! Are they the kind of lobster people eat? :-0...

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  29. I must admit, I'm also with the melted butter people. My husband makes fun of me because I always get hungry when we go to the aquarium and I've looked at all the 'fresh' fish too long....I know it's terrible! I love your images though, will definitely visit more often!

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  30. I think I've seen a couple of these guys before, at the Florida Aquarium up in Tampa. Excellent work, as always!

    Tink *~*~*
    My Mobile Adventures *~*~*

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  31. Is this some sort of mating ritual or just normal behavior for these guys?

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  32. Oh, I had no idea I would be seeing something so wonderful. I'm almost speechless. They're wonderful!

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  33. How did you hold your breath long enough to take those?

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  34. How close did you have to get?? (Is it stupid of me to say they look scary?) (Of course I usually post all sorts of pictures of bugs, so I'm a total hypocrite.)

    I'm so impressed with them though!!

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  35. Thanks to all of you for visiting.

    @ Will and ScienceGuy - I don't think they were foes, but I'm not sure it was mating behavior, either. The next evening, at a different but nearby site, we saw a few lobsters of the same species marching along across the sand in a line. These lobsters are known to form up like that when they migrate (twice a year, I think), but I don't think it was migration season when these photos were taken.

    To those who asked if these lobsters are edible, yes they are -- but we left them where we found them.

    @ Lani - I was very close! I had a wide angle lens (15mm) on my camera that night, so I was only inches away -- practically touching them with the port of the lens -- when I took the photo.

    Bobbie

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Bobbie & Jerry