We regularly post short Marine Wildlife Videos an Photographs with a short explanation regarding the subject and the technique used to capture the image.

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Subject: The Porcupinefish (Diodon hystrix) is a durophagous carnivore (a carnivore that consumes hard-shelled or exoskeleton bearing organisms, such as urchins, clams, crabs, etc.…). They are well known for their ability to inflate themselves by swallowing water when threatened, causing their spines to extend outwards and avoiding most predators from consuming them.

Technique: Always try to obtain a frontal shot of the animal. Filming fleeing fish or the back/rear/tail of any creature won’t make great footage. Your subject is more likely to cooperate and might show its best side to the camera when you stay calm and don’t chase or scare it.

Subject: A school of Striped Large-Eye Breams (Gnathodentex aureolineatus) is facing the soft current on a Mauritian outer reef. These fish, which belong to the family of Emperors (Lethrinidae), are found in small groups and in schools of up to a hundred individuals.

Technique: When filming a wide (angle) scene on a sunny day it is recommended to use an orange-filter instead of video lights. However for this particular subject I chose to use my video lights in order to bring out the silvery mirror-like effect of the Breams’ scales, comparable with a light beam that hits a reflector of a bicycle or car.

Subject: A Guineafowl Puffer (Arothron meleagris) is feeding on the twigs of a black coral bush (Antipathes sp.). Only a quarter of these usually white-spotted black fish come in this yellow variation. They feed mainly on live tips of branching corals.

Technique: When filming under water the only sound that is really audible on the footage is the diver’s breath. Sound is an important part of the clip and therefor it is best to remove all sounds from the original footage and add suitable sounds to increase the veracity of the scene. Many sounds can be easily found on the Internet.