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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.

166. Atlantic Tarpon (Megolops atlanticus)


Subject: The Atlantic Tarpon (Megolops atlanticus) is a large fish (on average it measures approximately 1,3m/4ft) that inhabits coastal waters of the tropical and subtropical regions of the Atlantic Ocean. Due to its large polished metal-like scales it is sometimes called the “Silver King”. These scales have been used as nail files and for decorative purposes since pre-history. Pulverised the scales are also used in traditional Brazil medicine.

Technique: Because the water is more turbid near the surface it is more difficult to film here than at depth. To keep this large individual in the middle of my viewfinder was not easy. The clip was stabilised using keyframes.