The very cryptic and seldom seen Samoan Pipefish (Halicampus mataafae) is widespread in the Indo-Pacific region. It gets its common name from the archipelago of Samoa where the fish is often found in tidepools and its scientific name to Mata’afa, a title of a Samoan high chief.
Because this seahorse relative was not much larger than a small cable tie filming it required the use of a magnifying lens. These so called diopters can be mounted in front of your camera’s dome and make it much easier to capture minuscule subjects.
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