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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.

171. Decorated Goby (Istigobius decoratus)


Subject: A Decorated Goby (Istigobius decoratus) takes a bite from the sand and sifts it in search of little worms, shrimps and copepods….. The Goby family is the biggest family within the marine fishes, and comprises many species still undescribed by science. These small bottom dwellers are often confused with Blennies due to their comparable size and similar look. The most recognisable difference is that Gobies have a two-part dorsal fin while most Blennies have a single, long, continuous one (except for Triplefins, a Blenny genera distinguished by three dorsal fins). Another identification aid is that Gobies lie in a straight line on the bottom whereas Blennies often curve their bodies.

Technique: The original footage is three times longer; I’ve cut out the boring parts where the goby lies immobile and turned the footage into a clip composed of parts where the fish actually ‘does something’. I order to get smooth transitions the cuts were made a frame before the action took place.