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138. Pink Whipray (Pateobatis fai previously known as Himantura fai) at a cleaning station



Subject:

A Pink Whipray (Pateobatis fai previously known as Himantura fai) lies on a sandy bottom where it is getting a rapid clean by Bluestreak Cleaner Wrasse (Labroides dimidiatus). Although the Blacklip or Sunburst Butterflyfish (Chaetodon kleinii) aren’t considered cleaners, they use the presented opportunity to get their piece of the pie.


Technique:

To avoid spooking the subject with my camera lights, I turned them off and increased the ISO, resulting in quite a noisy image. I used an orange filter to filter out the blue.


The noise was easily removed in post-processing by applying a noise reducing generator. Fine-tuning the colours and adding a bit of contrast resulted in a satisfying shot.


More on this topic:

For a more in-depth description about Bluestreak Cleaner Wrasse cleaning a Pink Whipray and Bluestreak Cleaner Wrasse cleaning behaviour please go to our vlog post 178 or click on this link: https://www.beyondscuba.com/post/bluestreak-cleaner-wrasses-labroides-dimidiatys-on-a-pink-whipray-himantura-fai

For a more in-depth description about the Pink Whipray please go to our vlog post 176 or click on this link: https://www.beyondscuba.com/post/a-pink-whipray-himantura-fai-swims-over-the-wreck-of-the-tug-ii


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