Have Some More Fish

Posted in Under the Sea on April 27th, 2009 by MadDog
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I’ll show you a couple of more fish from our dive on Saturday. These are not fish. This is Tom and Rob:
Tom and Rob
These, however, are  fish. Specifically, they are Blueheaded Tilefish (Hoplolatilus starcki):

Bluehead Tilefish (Hoplolatilus starcki)

You almost always see them in pairs. The never venture far from the burrow in which they hide from predators. It’s a little difficult to get close enough to get a good shot of them. This is the best that I’ve managed so far.

These little jewels are Butterflyfish. The one on the left is a Redfin Butterflyfish (Chaetodon lunulatus), and the other one is a Laticed Butterflyfish (Chaetodon_rafflesi):

Redfin Butterflyfish (Chaetodon lunulatus), Laticed Butterflyfish (Chaetodon rafflesi)

Butterflyfish are surprisingly difficult to photograph. The have an uncanny ability to stay just out of range and duck behind a bit of coral just as you’re pressing the shutter release. I saw these two at a distance picking away at tidbits, a mid-morning snack. I slipped down behind a coral head, held my breath, and then slowly came up for the shot.

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