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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.

168. Red Reef Lobster (Enoplometopus occidentalis)


Subject: The Red Reef Lobster (Enoplometopus occidentalis), a relatively small lobster (12 cm/5 in) is a nocturnal scavenger that spends its days in caves, reef holes and crevices and therefor is seldom seen by divers. Habitat loss and the aquarium trade are responsible for the decline of this species.

Technique: The little lobster disappears into a little crack in the reef only to reemerge a split-second later. Normally I would have stopped the recording the moment the animal disappears but experience has taught me to keep recording for at least another 4 seconds… as a novice videographer I made the mistake of pressing the button too soon way too often which resulted in a lot of missed or incomplete shots. While it is so easy to cut off a few seconds during the editing process.