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Six-lined Soapfish (Grammistes sexlineatus)


Subject: A Six-lined Soapfish (Grammistes sexlineatus) swims nervously underneath an overhang that’s his shelter for the day. At night these solitary hunters venture out of their crevices to hunt small fish and crustaceans. Soapfish are named for their skin toxins (grammistins) that resemble lathered soap when secreted. Predators stay well away from them because of their foul taste.

Technique: It was quite difficult to get 1 long shot (10 seconds or more) of this frantically moving fish. Therefor I filmed it for several minutes and made a composition of the best parts in post-production. Nervous fish require a soft and calm approach otherwise you might run the risk that your subject goes in hiding for a long time.

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