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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.

149. A shrimp’s call to action


Subject: To signal its presence a White-banded Cleaner Shrimp (Lysmata amboinensis) tickles the lower jaw of a Yellowmouth Moray (Gymnothorax nudivomer). Moray eels have poor eye sight and rely on other senses like touch and smell to get their vital information. The moray reacts to the touch of the shrimp and opens her mouth gently to get cleaned.

Technique: Instead of concentrating on the eel in this shot the camera focuses on the shrimp. Rather than filming the eel’s face and waiting for the shrimp to enter the image, I chose to film the shrimp and wait for the moray to enter the scene.