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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.

142. Sharing a toothbrush


Subject: An overhang on a Mauritian reef, populated by Clear Cleaner Shrimps (Urocaridella antonbruunii), is visited simultaneously by a big Tasseled Scorpionfish (Scorpaenopsis oxycephala) and a Yellowmouth Moray Eel (Gymnothorax nudivomer). The shrimps move from one fish species to the other, whoever offers them the best pickings probably gets the best treatment. These little cleaners remove food scraps and leftovers from in-between the teeth of both predators. From the fishes point of view it looks a lot like sharing a toothbrush.

Technique: Cleaning stations are constantly visited by different fishes of all sorts. When you’ve identified a cleaning station it is wise to pose your camera and wait in patience for action. Within a few minutes you might be rewarded with some cool footage. Good things come to those who are patient and the best things come to those who never give up.