The eggs featured in this post come from a variety of sea beasties. The interesting critter below, is a Hairy Shrimp. The first time I encountered one, a guide was pointing it out to me. I looked at the end of his pointy stick only to see a tiny bit of moss (no bigger than half my pinky fingernail) floating around some leaves. I looked closer at the leaves, and rocks, thinking he meant something hiding underneath. The guide tapped my shoulder and again pointed at the bit of moss. So I shrugged and took a photograph of the moss, just to make him happy. Later, when I looked at the image on my computer, I noticed there was an eye in that bit of moss. I asked another photographer what it was and was shocked to find out it was a Hairy Shrimp. Needless to say, I began hunting for the furry bug, and soon found this one, which has a clutch of eggs filling her back half.
In keeping with the “shrimp” theme, I found several other types of shrimp with eggs. These two are glass shrimp. One has a tight round whitish ball of eggs, while the other has a more developed pinkish clutch.
The largest shrimp I have ever encountered is this Peacock Mantis Shrimp. She was about 7 inches long and carries her eggs in between her front legs. She was not happy about being photographed, and tried to flee and hide under rocks and coral.
This one simply stayed put in her burrow, and showed me her babies from her front door.
Here a Coral Crab shows off a carapace full of eggs.
This Simnia from Southern California is busy laying her egg sacs on this Red Gorgonian.
Nudibranch eggs are commonly seen on reefs where Nudis are found. They are often laid in a spiral pattern. These Nudibranchs were “holding hands” near a spiral of nudibranch eggs.
The world under water is full of fascinating behavior. I am particularly interested in how diversely aquatic creatures reproduce. So how would I like MY eggs? With salt water of course!