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Sun, January 06, 2008

Lembeh 2007 Favorite of the Day, January 6th, 2008    [ Diving,Photography,Travel ]

There are numerous fish in the world known as batfish. Strange red-lipped batfish and other varieties that walk on the bottom, as well as the spadefish types. The spadefish types are really beautiful when they are juveniles, sometimes having ultra elongated shapes and vivid colors. Even as a juvenile, a pinnate batfish can be several feet in height, and are usually jet black with a neon orange border when very young. This juvenile was tiny, only an inch or so tall at most, and swam constantly in circles, as the juvies typically do. I’ve wanted a good photo of one of these for ages, but the ones I’ve seen before are typically tucked in a crevice, and are so large that it’s difficult to get a good framing without too much water between. Because this one was tiny and out in the open, it was much easier to photograph, although even so, the constant movement made it hard to get the right perspective.

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  1. This is so beautiful! I am really enjoying your website! How wonderful it must be to have seen so many beautiful creatures!

    Comment by Tracey — Fri, January 25, 2008 @ 10:50:04

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