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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.

17. Decoy Scorpionfish (Iracundus signifier) I


Subject: Decoy Scorpionfish. Curiosity kills. The dorsal fin of the little Decoy Scorpionfish (Iracundus signifier) is adorned with an ocellated eyespot. This smart predator extends and wiggles this decorated fin and the two first separated spines in a way that resembles a small swimming fish. This mimicry is used to lure in curious predators that are out to grab an easy snack, only to become a meal themselves.

Technique: To accentuate the wiggling of the dorsal fin, a matching sound effect was added to this clip. Sounds (and music) are extremely important to video, sometimes a sound can insinuate things that are not visible in the clip