Big Eye Scad, Kona Hawaii

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    Big Eyed Scad (Hawaiian name: Acule) feed offshore on plankton at night, and tend to congregate in huge schools in shallow water for protection during the day. The baitball can be massive - as big as a house, hundreds of thousands of fish. If the water is clear and you can find the school, these are a blast to shoot. I've run out of air and camera battery more then once getting pictures like this.

    This image was from last year, shortly before some local fishermen moved in and constructed a huge pen to fish the school out. They gave up without catching the scad, but stressed them enough so they disappeared. A year later, I've heard reports that small schools are starting to reform at different locations.

    This pic is a small vignette of the overall baitball, taken before I equipped myself with wide angle capability. Just prepared it for a big print, so I thought I 'd post it as well.

    Cheers,
    Steve

    Fish as art, thomas.armstrong, and 64 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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    1. Philip Kuntz 33 months ago | reply

      Amazing image! How cool is that. Excellent shot Steve.

    2. bertdennisonphotography 33 months ago | reply

      that is an amazing photo! fantastic!

    3. Marsoopial 33 months ago | reply

      Wow, their eye's just draw you in. Such an amazing shot!!

    4. funkyfoton 33 months ago | reply

      Awesome shot Steve. And nice exposure on those tricky to light silvery fish.

    5. 4inthehouse 33 months ago | reply

      Wow... that is amazing!

    6. David Shield Photography 33 months ago | reply

      Wow; what a view, Steve; this is awesome! Will you post a color version also?

    7. SteveD. 33 months ago | reply


      30 - 40 depth, ambient light, there isn't much color - monochrome blue. First time I've converted an image to B & W...

      Thanks for looking, folks!

    8. PeteHuu 33 months ago | reply

      great tones and details, i was sure this has to be taken with fisheye

    9. Frans.Sellies 32 months ago | reply

      WOW, wonderful shot!

    10. Michael Riffle 32 months ago | reply

      Epic shot. Stunned

    11. Bradley Photographic 31 months ago | reply

      great shot, that looks like one thick wall of scad

    12. Discover Hawaii Tours 22 months ago | reply

      School's out for summer!

    13. marksobers 9 months ago | reply

      .....i'll add to the list.....great photo....even better in b and w.....

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