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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.

124. Weedy Scorpionfish (Rhinopias frondosa) (yawning)



Subject: A Weedy Scorpionfish (Rhinopias frondosa) yawns. The Rhinopias (the generic name is often used) is one of nature’s most weird yet beautiful fish species. Usually extremely well camouflaged, it is often overlooked on the reef (without lights it has the same colour as the weeds of its surroundings). On top of that they are not abundant, so when divers encounter a Rhinopias they are generally very excited. Some consider these fish to be the Holy Grail of underwater photography; I just think it’s a marvel of evolution.

Technique: A yawning fish is always a great photo or video opportunity. Nobody really knows what exactly triggers the yawn in a fish. However, in my meandering experience I find that fish tend to yawn when you’re in their face. The trick is to be close and present enough for them to be annoyed by you, which may result in a yawn. If you become too threatening however, the fish will flee.