DIVE LOG: 20150811 - Pelagic Triggerfish
On our way back from Molokini Natural Reserve, we spotted a tree trunk barely floating adrift in the middle of the channel. Drifting materials often serve as refuge for marine life. Great opportunity to find unusual and rare species. So we approached to take a look.
We immediately spotted the silver reflections of a large school of fish. Without extra air, our only option was to free dive, which is challenging with moving subjects and big heavy cameras ... but I wasn't going to loose the opportunity. Another limitation was the lens, I had set up for macro and the 105mm was going to have a hard time composing but what the heck ... I jumped in anyways.
There was actually two distinct schools circling around the trunk. One of very active Almaco Jacks (Seriola rivoliana) which I couldn't photograph properly, and a much larger one of Spotted Oceanic Triggerfish (Carthidermis maculatus). Both pelagic species spend their lives in open water and are never or rarely ever seen on the reefs.
It proved productive with 2 very nice takes of the school and one cute one of two juveniles of the same species that found protection living on the deeper edge of the trunk itself. Notice the different coloration.
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