Feeding Frenzy

Posted in Under the Sea on December 7th, 2008 by MadDog
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At Planet Rock yesterday the water was full of particulate matter and not much fun for taking pictures. Therefore, we had to do everything up close.

I did manage one nice Big-Eyed Trevally shot at a distance of about one metre, but I had to clean up many specks to make it usable:

Big-Eye Trevally

There’s even a Bluefin Trevally at the bottom of the frame.

One thing that I love to do at Planet Rock at the end of a dive, when we’re just using up our air, is to turn over some small rocks to expose the organisms on the undersides and watch the feeding frenzy of fish coming in to gobble up the tender morsels that are usually inaccessible to them. It must be like a trip to the ice cream shop:

Feeding Frenzy

I count six different species (some partially obscured) feeding in an area the size of a large beach ball.

We spotted this small moray eel in a crevice:

Small Moray Eel

Anthea are difficult to photograph. They are small. They move constantly. They run away from you. They are just generally uncooperative. This is one of the best Anthea shots that I’ve yet managed:

Orange Anthea

The larger one with the purple is the male. He’s guarding his harem.

The Checkerboard Wrasse is, I think, one of the prettiest fish in the local waters. This is the best shot I’ve gotten of one:

Checkerboard Wrasse

I got it by the “Turn the Rocks Over and Wait” method.

Here’s another wrasse, the name of which escapes me at the moment. It’s rare to capture a photo of a fish actually feeding. I’ve seen it many times, but it happens so quickly that you can never get a picture.

This wrasse is just about to grab a tidbit from a small stone that I’ve just flipped over:

Feeding Wrasse

Water clarity is wildly variable here, because we have so many huge tropical rivers dumping sediment and stuff you don’t even want to think about into Astrolabe Bay. However, if you can get close enough great shots are still possible.

It helps to learn to hold your breath for a few minutes and think like a fish.

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