the sardine run #23

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    Sometimes in pelagic photography which I seem to like most it is very difficult to find colorful moments - sharks and dolphins are pretty much monochromatic, unlike many macro critters you are already familiar with ;) I was pretty much consent with that idea before I finally met sailfish in my last few minutes of diving on the very last day of our Sardine Run expedition. Colorful qualities coming with the power and spirit of big hunter - bio-chemical processes in the body of this really cool predator are as exciting as color changes you can observe with octopuses and cuttlefish.

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    1. drewwith 64 months ago | reply

      The sailfish looks like a marine tiger!! Waiting to pounce... Gorgeous photo.

    2. coyrooster 63 months ago | reply

      Going through your 32 images tagged 'south africa' is like beholding a box of the world's finest chocolates. Which one to choose first? They all look so very delectable, and a dozen or more should never be eaten. But eat we must (with our eyes) and to start with the supernal sailfish that appeared out of Nowhere on your final day there is to live in the Now, for there may be no Tomorrow. Yet how can anyone resist two sleek sharks swirling through swarming sardines, or the lone ranger ~~ or a white-bellied dolphin dancing to the very same tune in a frenzy of fish that look like Van Gogh brush strokes? And what about the kamakaze bird snatching supper underwater?

      There's just so much to see !! Your description of this feeding frenzy makes it no less mysterious. But somehow the stately sailfish, fastest fish in the ocean (clocked at 68 mph), sums it up with a flourish of marine magnificence and supremely graceful glamor. How you were able to get so many gorgeous, artful pictures in such commotion attests to your obvious love of the sea.

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    3. Sam, Ho 63 months ago | reply

      Wow!!! Great capture, very nice !!!
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    4. Peter Bowers 63 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called The Outdoor Photographers Lounge, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    5. Bacu/\ 63 months ago | reply

      gorgeous!!!!! exclusive one!!!!

    6. Marc Crumpler (Ilikethenight) 62 months ago | reply

      An amazing capture!

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    7. Jean-Paul Boudreau Photographie 62 months ago | reply

      By going where few men have gone before, you were able to witness a quasi alien (to our eyes) event. Strange luminescent lights erupt and dance to an unheard beat all over this majestic deep voyager’s hull. An exotic yet estrange entity, poised and calculating the right moment to launch itself in hyper speed, to foil the ancient and deep rooted defense reflexes of its prey. You have obviously mastered the art of seeing.

      This fine and rare image should be displayed in the best gallery.

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    8. Jean-Paul Boudreau Photographie 62 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Once in a lifetime shots, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    9. coffeeeurope 61 months ago | reply

      damn... I take my hat off. My favorite sea beauty - Bravo!

    10. coyrooster 60 months ago | reply

      So very fine the way it is, and yet superb on black.

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    11. loswl 59 months ago | reply

      That is a nice capture!!..the sailfish design and colors are amazing!! :o)

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    12. Alan Woollard [deleted] 59 months ago | reply

      Sailfish are big favourites of mine. I think they're magnificent creatures. I've never been lucky enough to see one in real life so am rather envious of you. A fine fish and a really fine photo.

    13. Brian Mayes 53 months ago | reply

      Super shot of the sailfish hunting.

    14. Jeff de Guzman 53 months ago | reply

      Very nice Pat... another winner.

    15. Salt Water People 53 months ago | reply

      awesome shot. That must have been some dive.

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    16. JimC_1946 53 months ago | reply

      An amazing sight, one that few of us ever see. What a magnificent shot.

    17. baywood16105 53 months ago | reply

      Once in a lifetime shot.

    18. Dominic Hinde Photo 22 months ago | reply

      Amazing shot, amazing fish, you were pretty luck to see one. I think they are rare?

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