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Shot of the week: Scribble File Fish

Whilst the sky might have been a little dark the day was fantastic on Koh Tao as Alex Brown shot this Scribble file fish, note the smooth movement as he uses the current and finning techniques to assist with the tracking motion around the subject.

Barracu-da Oo Haa Haa

The barracudas are back! After a few months holiday away from Twins, the massive school of Chevron Barracudas have returned, and oh how we have missed those smirking, sly little faces. Now that they have been around for a few days, I like to play "underwater meteorologist" and see how quickly I can find the stormy cyclone of barracudas, usually orbiting around the middle and deep pinnacles of the dive site. I often find that I use the barracudas as a punctuation shot, immediately exciting my viewers after the descent with an impressive, glimmering mass of fish. I usually begin with a long shot approaching the spiraling school and then I like to use a close-up of the barracudas swimming by, as their menacing smirk showcases their unique character and physique. Barracudas are powerful, rapacious hunters capable of reaching 2 meters in length and swimming up to 43 km/h to overtake their prey. Adult barracudas are generally solitary predators, while younger barracudas are more prone to congregating in larger schools. Despite their frightening capabilities and mischievous grins, barracudas are rarely reported as harmful to divers. Still, I always make sure to approach them slowly and respectfully, allowing them to envelop me into their lustrous sphere.

Shot of the week: indian walkman

The indian ocean walkman (Inimicus didactylus) is closely related to the stonefish, it has a "knobbly" surface and has venomous spines to ward off predators. a nocturnal fish they are usually  fairly sedentary during the day, mostly buried into the seabed. At night the fish is an ambush predator  but has no known natural predators. When disturbed it may fan out it's pectoral and caudal fins  as a warning but it is generally reluctant to move once it is dug into the sand. When it does move it crawls slowly using four lower "claws" two on each side of its pectoral fins as "legs"

Filmed by Mima she says

"This is my 1st Indian Ocean Walkman in Koh Tao, It was quite exciting to see it and show it to the students I was filming.I spent a lot of time around it and I started actually talking to it at one point":)

 

Shot of the Week; Sea Snake

"I was lucky enough to see this sea snake at Japanese Gardens. We are taught not to shoot down onto subjects but in this case I think the shot works well as the graceful, winding movement of the snake can be observed well. I particularly like when the camera is right behind its head as it gives a "snakes point of view' feel to the shot."

Emma