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Barredfin Moray Eel


Subject: A Barredfin Moray Eel (Gymnothorax zonipectis) surrounded by Dancing Hinge-beak Shrimps (Rhynchocinetes durbanensis) has found a refuge into a small opening in a coral patch. Although not uncommon, these eels are seldom seen due to the fact that they are only active at night. The bigger shrimp cleaning the chin of the eel (only its silhouette is visible) could not be identified but is probably a White-banded Cleaner Shrimp (Lysmata amboinensis).

Technique: The moray was in an almost impossible position to film. Big branches of corals blocked an easy access to the subject, which I would have preferred to film frontal. On the other hand by filming the eel from that awkward angle, I could add some blue in the lower part of the picture and was able to film the silhouette of a shrimp, which created a cool optical effect.