The Angry Little Fish

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I still have a stinking cold and I’m still trying to catch up on my posts. I’m now only two days behind. Fortunately, I got a small treasure trove of shots from last Saturday at Barracuda Point and the Eel Garden, both at Pig Island.  I’ll show you a few today and more tomorrow. Then I need to think about something else to write about, because I can only eat so much fish each week.

I’m just listening to some songs by a group called Gare Du Nord  which, presumably means “north station”. I think it refers to a railroad station in Paris. It’s got a nice eclectic jazz/rock/electronica thing going for it. I found in on my network drive for shared music.  I don’t know who put it there, but it’s got a solid groove and nice thumpy base. My sub-woofer is under my desk. I can feel the base hits tickling the hair on my legs. Funky!

Well, you’ve seen these here before, so there’s nothing new here, folks. Might as well move on. It’s a Divericate Tree Coral (Dendronephthya roxasia): 
I hit the flash on this one, since they light up nicely. The inside is like jelly and it conducts light very well.

We had a fresh diver with us on Saturday, name of Scott. I grabbed this shot of him chasing around after a mob of Bigeye Trevally:Barracuda point was crawling with big Pickhandle Barracuda and Trevally. I’ll have some barracuda shots tomorrow, if this cold doesn’t kill me.

You’ve seen this here before also, a Coral (Lobophyllia hemprichii)  [young stage] which is improbably bright:They’re like the traffic lights of the reef. Too bad that I’m a little late for Valentine’s Day. This one has a nice little heart shape in the middle.

I found some nice Palm Coral (Clavularia sp)  which is a different colour than most of what I’ve seen before. This has much more yellow in the polyps:I love to watch the stuff waving around in the current.

Here’s another familiar client of mine, the Papuan Scorpionfish (Scorpaenopsis papuensis):This character was all dolled up for a party, I think. Don’t ask my why the first name that popped into my head when I was working on this image was Rodney Dangerfield. If you don’t get it, then there’s no use explaining. I have a Harley Davidson t-shirt which is a bit obnoxious. It brazenly states, “If I have to explain it, you wouldn’t understand.” If you asked this fish, that’s probably what it would say.

There goes that bass tickling my legs again. It’s “Boogie All Night Long”. Reminds me of my Flickr nickname, BoogiesWithFish.

Here’s another familiar sight for regular readers. Lizardfish Love:Again, if I have to explain it . . .

I’ll finish up with the star of the show, this very perturbed little Spotted Shrimpgoby (Amblyeleotris guttata):As I mention in my excerpt, I’ve had fish hide from me, chase me, harass me, bite me, defecate on me, pose for me, run from me, well, the list goes on and on. After 2,000 dives, you begin to think that nothing is going to surprise you.

However, this is the first time that I’ve seen a fish simply glare at me with naked hatred.

Hey, what did I do?

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6 Responses to “The Angry Little Fish”

  1. Mari Says:

    Jan, as always, brilliant!
    I love the red coral with the heart shape in the middle and wow! that’s one hell of an angry fish. He/she must have got out off the wrong side of it’s sandy/rocky/coral bed. Happy diving. Always love your dive pics. The colours are really outstanding.

    By the way, I had a look at a G11 on Saturday and it’s now firmly on my shopping list. Probably give myself a birthday pressie.

    Keep diving and shooting,

  2. Steve Goodheart Says:

    What’s fascinating to me is that the “glare” is totally markings, and the real eyes are on the side….this has to be an evolutionary adaptation, like the “glaring” eyes of some butterfly wings….I love it!

    (Way cool “valentine” coral, too….that might be a nice image for February for your photographic calendar idea!

    Thanks, as always,

  3. Colin Huggins Says:

    That would have to be the funniest fish photo of all times! How big is the ‘thing’ ? Inches or cms will suffice. Imagine having it in a large fish pond and waking up to see that “glare” every morning!!!

    Jan, is this area where you do all this diving, a protected area? Like the Australian Barrier Reef?

    Seems to me as an ex-resident of PNG, that a wonderland exists which is not appreciated by the Government. The place, Madang, as I previously mentioned, when I was up there – 63/69 was being touted as a tourist Mecca! God, what a mess these days. The Governor of the Provence, or whatever, the new name is, should be made to go diving to see the brilliance displayed by your photography of the reefs and the fish. Then again, he may be too busy counting all the “kick-back” money for his next overseas trip to a Casino!
    Makes my blood boil!

  4. MadDog Says:

    Hi Mari,

    Thanks for your nice comment about my belated valentine to my readers. The little fish was an accident of optical illusion. If you look carefully, you can see that his eyes are really on the side, but the markings around them make it look as if he’s very angry.

    Glad you had a look at the G11. It’s a little bulky for an everyday, never-leave-the-house-without=it camera, but it will do anything you ask of it. And, you can always use it for self defense.


  5. MadDog Says:

    I didn’t want to spoil my journalistic license by pointing out the optical illusion, but you are right, of course, the glare is just an accident of markings.

    The calendar job is probably dead now, at least for a while. I just got a job as editor of two national magazines, an in-flight airline mag and a water-sports magazine. That means that I’m holding down two full-time jobs. We’ll have to see if I survive this change. I’ll have more about it in my journal when I’m ready to announce it formerly.


  6. MadDog Says:

    Hi Colin,

    The little fellow is only about as long as your pinkie finger. If you had one the size of a carp in your fish pond you wouldn’t want to let your cat anywhere near it.

    Most all of our dives are done along a barrier reef that runs from the north end of Kranket Island to the south end of Sek Island, both inside the barrier and along the outer edge which plunges into waters hundreds of metres deep. I’ve had many divers who have done the GBR and they say there is no comparison. The diversity of life is hugely greater here. That’s not surprising, since we are in the heart of the “coral triangle’.

    Well, I have to be careful what I say, Colin, but your last paragraph has my endorsement. Sadly, the only real reason for going into politics here is for monetary gain.

    I’ve been hearing about Madang International Airport since 1981. It still hasn’t happened and I’ll be surprised if I live to see it.

    Thanks for being a faithful reader, Colin.