Saturday, July 07, 2007

Parrot-fish, Dottyback, Blenny, Scorpion-fish, & Leaf-fish



The parrot fish is a perennial favorite among divers, I believe...

They are swift swimmers during the day, so photographing them is quite a task...

However, come nightfall, they settle down for some 'shut-eye' (actually 'open-eyes' as you can see)...

In other words, they become very easy photo targets as they snooze away...

Sometimes we can see a film of mucus surrounding their bodies, which serve to protect them from preys...

Size, about 50 centimers?


This guy is called the 'Pale dottyback'...

Was quite fascinated with the way it rests on the finger coral with its leg-like fins...

Unlike the parrotfish, this guy tends to take periodic breaks once it settles on a coral... we only need patience to sneak closer for the shoot... size was about 15 centimeters...

Am not sure about this little baby...

Looks like some kind of blenny...

It has half its body inserted inside a hole on the rock corals...

Quick movements frighten the fish so we have to move very slowly to get close... Size, maybe less than 10 centimeters...

Is this a scorpion fish or a stone fish?

I would imagine, scorpion... size was about 40 centimeters...

This fellow was motionless throughout the shoot...

The only movement came from just the eyes...

Hmmm, I think this guy would look better on a plate, nicely dressed up and garnished with fresh onions and tomatoes...

This Leaf fish is quite like the scorpion fish above... predatory, that is...

They lay still, waiting for the opportune time to snap at their prey (usually smaller fishes)...

This lovely specimen was about 6 to 7 centimeters... pale-whitish... range of colors include deep green, black, brownish, etc...