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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.

141. Too close for comfort ?


Subject: Too close for comfort? Striped catfish (Plotosus lineatus) are swimming right in front of a Tasseled Scorpionfish (Scorpaenopsis oxycephala). Is the predator lying in ambush and ready to catch its next meal? Are these catfish oblivious to the danger the predator presents? Haven’t they noticed him? And is the Scorpionfish aware of the deadly spines these catfish possess and therefor doesn’t strike? For one or another reason the Scorpionfish doesn’t attack and the catfish don’t flee. Maybe the Scorpionfish is more interested in the Cardinalfishes and doesn’t want to give its position away by moving.

Technique: The most interesting scenes to film or document are the ones that show marine life behaviour. Scenes like these ones are also the most challenging ones for the videographer as it is often very difficult to anticipate wild animals’ next moves.

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