Still More Fish and Some Waves That Will Blow Your Mind

Posted in At Sea, Under the Sea on August 10th, 2009 by MadDog
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I hope to get back to writing about a variety of other things that I’ve been thinking about lately, but thinking is about all that I’ve had time to do. I’m rebuilding our entire computer network at the office while trying to write two articles for magazines. Still, though I got a little behind posting, I’m nearly caught up so that there are no holes in my calendar. You’ll have to suffer through a steady diet of fish for a couple of more days until I get to the place in my head where the ideas hide and I can let them out for a little fresh air. It’s getting a little stinky in here.

First, I have some peculiar little ocean critters to show to you. Then, I”m going to blow you away with some images of waves from the “Wave Master”, Clark Little.

This little creature is a Leaf Scorpionfish. I love the way that he stands on his ‘foot’ which is really a modified pectoral fin. They stay very still until something edible comes into range. Then their mouth opens and the tasty bit is sucked in so quickly that the eye misses it altogether. The swallowing action of this type of feeding is among the quickest movements of any creatures on the planet:

Leaf Scorpionfish

The Lionfish, a kind of scorpionfish, is a very common sight. Of all the exotic fish seen at marine aquariums, this is probably the most likely to be shown. They drift through the water as if in a dream. They don’t mind if you get very close, but it’s a good idea to remember that all of the family of scorpionfish have poisonous spines. If I remember correctly, the Lionfish has thirteen spines down its dorsal fin that are filled with a toxin that could be fatal:


Now here is a fish that looks scary until you realise that it’s only as long as your finger. It’s a Reef Lizardfish. They are fairly easy to photograph as long as you don’t move too quickly and hold your breath as long as you reasonably can. I like to shoot them face-on, because it shows their magnificent dentition:

Reef Lizardfish

There are several colour phases in this species. The colour also depends on the lighting on the day and how deep the shot was taken. Here is another toothy menace showing different lighting and a different colour phase:

Reef Lizardfish

You’ve seen this image before, but I have reworked it for the magazine. It is an unusual Moray Eel image, because of the shape of the jaw. I haven’t figured it out yet. Normally this species has a more rounded jaw and less regular teeth:
Moray Eel

Whatever is going on with this guy, I wouldn’t want to get my hand stuck in there. Many people are injured by Moray Eels every year. I’ve never heard of it happening around Madang. I’ve stuck my camera right up in the faces of many Morays at least a hundred times. If I get too close, they just pull back into their holes. Maybe someday I’ll run out of luck and have some handsome scars to show off. Until then, I’ll just assume that our Morays are as placid as the rest of us. Living in Paradise can do that to you.

Finally, I have three images here which I sincerely hope will blow your mind and get you grabbing for your wallet. I ripped these images from the web site of the Wave Master, Clark Little. I’m hoping that if he notices, he will realise that I’m trying to promote his work and what I’m doing here comes under the heading of “fair use”. Anyway, legalities aside, sit back and have a look at these beauties:

One of Clark Little's fantastic wave images

His web site shows how he gets these amazing shots. He must be as much an athlete as the guys who ride them.

Clark Little - the Wave Master of image makers

Visit his web site and buy something. This guy deserves to get paid for his work.

Can't get enough of Clark Little's amazing wave images

And, with that, there’s nothing left to say. If you’re still hungry, come back tomorrow. I’m serving fish again.

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