Juvenile Clown Frogfish

Subject: This adorable juvenile Clown- or Warty Frogfish (Antennarius maculatus) is actually a ferocious predator. Any animal, his own size or smaller, that approaches the little clown might end up in this little one’s stomach. Considering that frogfish have the fastest gape and suck technique of any fish (6 milliseconds), chances of a prey escaping are dim.

Technique: Filming or photographing white or black animals underwater is challenging. To recover the details of the frogfish I have boosted the contrast of its skin. I also saturated the vivid colours to emphasise why this fish is called ‘clown’ frogfish.

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