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Star Puffer

Star Puffer
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Copyright: Peter Kennett (peterkennett) (8)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-07
Categories: Fish
Camera: Nikonos V, Nikkor UW 15 mm, Kodak gold 100
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/60 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Underwater Wonder World 5 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2012-06-06 2:53
Viewed: 2481
Points: 2
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is the Star Pufferfish (Arothron stellatus). Compared with most other pufferfish, the star pufferfish is a relative giant. Its black-spotted skin is covered in small prickles and, if threatened, it will swallow water and swell up to an even larger size. At night, it searches out hard-shelled reef invertebrates and crushes them with powerful jaws that have fused, beaklike teeth.

Just before midnight I came across this 3 foot long adult Star Puffer. He was swimming very slowly not far from shore. I turned my dive light off and slowly approached from the front in the darkness. As I got ready to snap the shutter, he opened his mouth - a perfect shot!

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To summers: Lightingpeterkennett 1 06-06 11:55
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Wonderful shot carefully caught. The light must be very good if this is the original version and not adjusted. Bravo!

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