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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.

97. A yellow unidentified Rhinopias


Subject: Considered the “Holy Grail” of underwater photography and videography, the Rhinopias is a seldom seen Scorpionfish. The moment the light beams of our video lamps enlightened the odd fish, we knew we struck gold, again! Only two weeks before this discovery we did spot another Rhinopias in the same area (see our previous post). Identification of this particular individual is difficult due to the fact that it bears characteristics of both the Paddleflap Scorpionfish (Rhinopias eschmeyeri) and the Weedy Scorpionfish (Rhinopias frondosa).

Technique: The importance of good video lights is illustrated here. This Rhinopias was without our illumination as green as the Halimeda weeds its was hiding in. The lights revealed the real colours of our subject. Colours that were absorbed by the 25m/82ft high water column that separated our subject from the sunlight.