This guy is a real clown. He’s a Freckle Face Blenny. Comical face, funny behaviors. And just to make sure the joke is on you, he lives in a place where it’s nearly impossible to shoot him. That would be the shallow surge zone, typically in a rock shelf area.
This particular dive we dubbed the “washing machine dive”, because we had incredible cross, up and down currents along the wall where we were. For a good part of the dive, we had to swim through our own bubbles, because they wouldn’t float upward! Anyway, Sam on the Bilikiki had been looking for a freckle face blenny for me, and he indicated that there was one on top of the 4 foot shelf where all this water was focusing its energy. I thought, “You have got to be kidding!”. But I followed him up, and proceeded to get zipped back and forth in the surge as Sam looked for blennies in their holes. I found a likely subject and attempted my few shots. With manual focus. This photo is the result. You can see the force of the surge in his face, as his normally upright cirri are bent sideways by the water. And I’m sure he was laughing at me the whole time..
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