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We regularly post short Marine Wildlife Videos an Photographs with a short explanation regarding the subject and the technique used to capture the image.

All videos are made by Olivier Van den Broeck using Light & Motion video lights

and all photographs are by Greet Meulepas unless stated otherwise.

63. A foraging Flying Gurnard (Dactylopterus volitans)



Subject: A foraging Flying Gurnard (Dactylopterus volitans). This bottom dwelling fish is searching for crabs, his favourite food, amongst the weeds and algae on a sandy bottom of the Caribbean Sea. His modified pectoral fins are used to turn rocks and debris to expose prey. With his adapted pelvic fins the Flying Gurnard walks over the substrate.

Technique:This scene was filmed in Saba (Netherlands Antilles). In order to film this behaviour from close by I positioned the camera on the sandy bottom and filmed horizontally to get a bit of blue in the background. In post processing I added a bit of contrast and boosted the light blue spots on the Gurnard’s back and head.