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Arrow Blenny with freshly caught prey


Arrow Blenny with freshly caught prey
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Copyright: Andrew Wallis (AndrewWallis) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 31 W: 32 N: 44] (246)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2003
Categories: Fish
Camera: Nikon F100, Nikkor AF Micro 105 mm f/2.8
Exposure: f/16, 1/125 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Underwater Wonder World 1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-08-07 19:33
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Points: 4
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This posting is made more for the subject matter than the quality of the photo. This is a scan from a 35mm Fuji Velvia slide and is also cropped heavily. This accounts for the reduction in sharpness and detail over other postings I've made.

The Arrow Blenny here has a tiny Mysid Shrimp in its mouth. Having seen plenty of photos of Arrow Blennies elsewhere on the web, I've never come across another that shows its predatory behaviour.

The Arrow Blenny is a small fish, around 1.5 inches long. Mysid shrimps are generally not very discernible to the naked eye. They gather in large groups and from a distance simply look like silt. Arrow Blennies are unusual in that unlike most blennies they do not rest on the seabed but instead float mid water. Frequently I found them hiding amidst a group of Glass Gobies, which are not dissimilar in appearance from a distance. The blenny is always seen with a curved tail which enables it to strike at its prey very fast by a quick flick of the tail.

The photo was taken with a Nikon F100 inside a Sea & Sea housing with twin strobes.

Next posting will be more artistic!

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Hi Andrew,
Superb close up picture of this unique fish in action, capturing its prey. Excellently captured. Sharp, clear, with nice details. Great shot.

Ben Lakitan

very beatiful photo
thanks

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