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A foraging Flying Gurnard.


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.

All images Copyright 2020 Olivier Van den Broeck and Greet Meulepas for Beyond scuba. All rights reserved.