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Copyright: Tom Conzemius (pirate) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 799 W: 152 N: 1186] (7474)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-09-09
Categories: Fish
Camera: Canon G10
Exposure: f/4, 1/80 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-10-01 7:31
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This picture was taken during snorkeling

Common Lionfish (Pterois volitans) from Wikipedia

A Lionfish is any of several species of venomous marine fish in the genera Pterois, Parapterois, Brachypterois, Ebosia or Dendrochirus, of the family Scorpaenidae. The lionfish is also known as the Turkey Fish, Dragon Fish, Scorpion or Fire Fish. They are notable for their extremely long and separated spines, and have a generally striped appearance, red, green, navy green, brown, orange, yellow, black, maroon, or white.

The lionfish is one of the most venomous fish on the ocean floor. Lionfish have venomous dorsal spines that are used purely for defense. When threatened, the fish often faces its attacker in an upside down posture which brings its spines to bear. However, a lionfish's sting is usually not fatal to humans. If a human is envenomed, that person will experience extreme pain, and possibly headaches, vomiting, and breathing difficulties. A common treatment is soaking the afflicted area in hot water, as very few hospitals carry specific treatments. However, immediate emergency medical treatment is still advised, as some people are more susceptible to the venom than others.

The red lionfish is also found off the east coast of the United States, and was likely first introduced off the Florida coast in the early to mid-1990s. By the summer of 2001, it was found along the Atlantic coast of the United States from Florida to Long Island, New York. The Caribbean is also suffering from an invasion, especially around the Bahamas.

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2009-10-01 9:18]

Hi Tom,

An outstanding macro. Exceptional color. Fabulous.
Have a nice day,

Hi Tom
That is really beautiful picture!.
Good composition and excellent exposition. Sharpness is also very good. And teh water is so clear.
Thanks for sharing

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2009-10-01 17:12]

Slav Tom,
Indeed this is very nice picture.Good shrpnes,colors adn perfect POV.

awesome picture

excellent result with G10, snorkelling, Tom. focus, colors, POV, composition wonderful. Great work of lionfish. thanks for sharing this beautiful scene and notes. best wishes friend

Dear Tom,
This is a PERFECT image of a Pterois volitans. I know them as Lionfish - in some of my Books - they are also called Turkeyfish.

The details in your photo are stunning! I saw several in the Maldives as as well as Malaysia - but never dared to go close enough to see all intricacies.

I know, their sting is extremely painful - and according to the Doctor who treated my husband after he had stepped on one barefooted - rarely and mostly only fatal due to a heart attack caused by the pain...
I think, you deserve BONUS POINTS for Courage!!

Did you have a battery of lights to achieve such brilliant colours? I also notice the healthy coral, which is very encouraging after the decline of the reefs I have seen in the Maldives AND Malaysia.
Your work is OUTSTANDING, and I have chosen it as a favorite.

Enjoy the rest of your Sunday
Kind Regards

Hi Tom,

Absoluteley fantastic - beautiful detail and great colour and composition.


The Canon G10's performance is quite exceptional, the clarity and exposure are fantastic for such a light weight camera. I'm guessing you had to get a waterproof case in order to take it underwater. Also I'm guessing at the availability of abundant light was due to being in semi shallow water. Any way, well done on this beautiful capture Tom. :)

Hi Tom,

Do you know that they recently reached to Mediterranean Sea and start to invade. However a lovely fish species when you see it in right places :)


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