filefish close-up (#53A, added 8 Jan '98)

The only time one can really get close enough for a shot like this is during a night dive. At night, fish are often so confused by dive lights and lack of visual cues they swim in all directions, not knowing which direction is up, frequently slamming recklessly into the reef in their panic to escape. This two foot long scrawled filefish didn't know I was so close, and remained calm throughout the encounter.

Alutera scripta

filefish #2
another filefish

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