Maldivian Batfish (58)
|Any diver will tell : Maldives are a big fish heaven. Coral has dramatically bleached since El Nino 98, but the fish is still there.|
One instructor told me the coral had bleached in a week time in 98, becoming powder white : at first they had the weird impression they were diving over snow fields.
When I went to the Maldives 4 years after, the coral was still devastated, stone grey dull tones, slowly recovering in some patches. But the fish was still there... everywhere on every dive, sharks, manta rays, eagle rays.. just name it, it will be around...
It's difficult to feel something about a fish. well a fish is a fish, it's not a mammal, it doesn't breathe air... You respect sharks, look suspiciously at morays or are amazed with the manta rays grace, but nothing on the "empathy" side...
however, the Batfish (here a Platax teira) is one of the few fish divers like because they can play with... usually when ascending to the decompression stop, the batfish comes to see what is going on and swims around. The mandatory 3 minutes decompression stop is then time to enjoy the Batfish elegance and shoot some pics.
This is a natural light UW image, it didn't need any additional strobe lighting IMHO (fortunate...I didn't have any at that period). A bit grainy due to the 800 print film I took expecting dim light 30m below.