|[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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Wonderful shot carefully caught. The light must be very good if this is the original version and not adjusted. Bravo!