Puffing defense


Everything in nature has evolved for a reason. All the amazing creatures you meet have distinct differences. Simplified divided into three groups, hunting, defense or reproduction. I try to have this in mind when studying and photograph animals. Why does it look this way and why does it behave the way it does?

Look at this puffer fish. It even have camouflage on its eyes. It is a very slow swimmer so it can’t get out of trouble fast. It needs a different defense system. As you know it can increase its size to a big ball and the spikes on its skin points in every direction. I addition it has a special poison so eating it is a very bad idea. In japan the meat is considered a delicacy but has to be prepared extremely careful.


This photo is taken at night at the Exumas, Bahamas. It is difficult to get this “face shot” because it really wants to get away from me. So I hide, turn off all flashes and lights. Adjust the focus to an area where I think the fish will be. Then I have my dive buddy chasing it towards me. In the right moment I push the button and all lights flash. We do it over and over until it looks great or we loose the fish in the reef.

I will never grab or harm the fish, so when I feel we bather it too much we move on.

Above: Nassau Grouper and Parrot Fish sleeping.

The reef is full of life at night. Some fish find shelter and go to rest; others come out at night to hunt for food. It is always a totally different experience to dive at night. Everything is dark except what is hit by your light beam. The contrast becomes intense and everything lurking in the darkness you have to try not to think about. Finding your way back to the boat demands a little more navigational disipline than daytime diving.

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