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Atlantic Partridge Tun Feeding

November 18th 2013, on a night dive, I came across something I had never seen before. An Atlantic Partridge Tun was attacking and feeding on a Chocolate Chip Sea Cucumber. The sea cucumber was writhing and twisting itself around but having no luck dislodging the determined Tun. I watched in amazement at a such small creature attacking a much larger one and the sea cucumber seemed totally helpless against the onslaught. After several minutes of watching this I saw a Music Volute heading determinately in the direction of this action and thought for sure that it was going to join the Tun in dining on the sea cucumber. Much to my surprise the Music Volute attacked the Tun and a wresting match started between the two. The Volute was successful in disloding the Tun and the sea cucumber was spared. The two mollusks wrestled for a few more minutes but the Tun eventually freed itself and moved on away with the Volute following close behind as if to chase the Tun out of town.
Tun & Sea Cucumber
Tun & Sea Cucumber
Tun & Sea Cucumber
Tun & Sea Cucumber
Tun & Sea Cucumber
Tun & Sea Cucumber
Tun Dining on Sea Cucumber
Tun Dining on Sea Cucumber
The Damage
The Damage
Music Volute to the Rescue
Music Volute to the Rescue
Don't Worry Mr Chips!
Don't Worry Mr Chips!
Volute & Tun Wrestling
Volute & Tun Wrestling
Volute and Tun Wrestling
Volute and Tun Wrestling
Tun Turned Away
Tun Turned Away
Atlantic Partridge Tun
Atlantic Partridge Tun
VIDEO
VIDEO
Atlantic Partridge Tun Attacking a Sea Cucumber, Video
Atlantic Partridge Tun Attacking a Sea Cucumber, Video