Subject: The Cardinal Goatfish (parupeneus ciliatus) can reach up to 38cm/15inch in length and is found though the entire Indo-Pacific region in lagoons, outer reef zones and seagrass beds. The Cardinal Goatfish is often found in small aggregations during the daytime, however from dusk till dawn it turns into a solitary hunter of small crustaceans and other benthic invertebrates.
Just like most goatfish species it has the capacity to rapidly change colour.
This pair was filmed in Mauritius on the wreck of the Kei Sei 113 where it mingled with Whitetip Soldierfish (Myripristis vittata).
Technique: The red of the Soldierfish was so vivid that we had to desaturate the brightness of these fish in post-production. To put the pair of Goatfish in the spotlight the intensity of the pink was boosted.
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