Anthias

by Monika November. 21, 2007 4824 views

It was my dream for a long time to get some macro shots of the lovely Anthias, one of the most common fishes of the Red Sea.
It was a real challenge… not only because of their size - approx. 3 cm - but because they continuosly swim and “dance” agains the strong currents. To catch a sharp close up of them is as difficult as taking a shot of a flying bee… I have spent a whole entire dive (about an hour) just around a coral block to get the above shots. Enjoy!

And here are some interesting information about anthias:
Anthias can swarm by the thousands. Anthias do school in these large groups, though they tend toward more intimate subdivisions within the school, appropriately called “harems”. These consist of one dominant, colorful male, anywhere from 2-12 females — who have their own hierarchy among them — and up to 2 ‘subdominant’ males, often less brightly colored and non-territorial. Within the swarm of females, territorial males perform acrobatic U-swim displays and vigorously defend an area of the reef and its associated harem. Wikipedia [en.wikipedia.org]
And something even more interesting (mentioned already in a previous post)
Anthias species are all hermaphroditic. This means that if a dominant male dies, the largest female will often morph into a male and take its place in the hierarchy.

The "harem"

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Ranginkamaan 9 years, 5 months ago

very nice shots, wonderfull!

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Jendayee 9 years, 5 months ago

excellent shots !

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Emmeline Tan 9 years, 5 months ago

so beautiful set!

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? 9 years, 5 months ago

wow :)

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Patchious Patch 9 years, 6 months ago

love the last one !

9 years, 6 months ago Edited
Patchious Patch 9 years, 6 months ago

Ah ur back with more underwater shots !!!! ...amazing ...!~!

9 years, 6 months ago Edited
Timea Nogradi 9 years, 6 months ago

micsoda elessegek!!! gyonyoru!

9 years, 6 months ago Edited
Sebastian Ekdahl 9 years, 6 months ago

Great set. I love how the sun comes threw in the last picture!

9 years, 6 months ago Edited
Gary 9 years, 6 months ago

Another great set... love it.. hehe

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Julia Gotz 9 years, 6 months ago

fantastic. I would love to try underwater photography, but I know it takes a lot of skill and experience to get good shots. These are amazing . Just amazing. Feels as if I'm in the water. The shots are so clear, and the fish seem to have personality.

9 years, 6 months ago Edited
Kojaey 9 years, 6 months ago

good job .,., 7 add fav

9 years, 6 months ago Edited
Jet28 9 years, 6 months ago

Such patience! A great result - spectacular shots!

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Krystyna Knypl 9 years, 6 months ago

Hi, Anthias ;))

9 years, 6 months ago Edited
Storytaylor 9 years, 6 months ago

keep going Longimanus. the sky is your limit to your skills

9 years, 6 months ago Edited
Sherij 9 years, 6 months ago

WOW really liek #3 and 6 very cool looking fish!! Great color!!

9 years, 6 months ago Edited
Mat 9 years, 6 months ago

Glorious! All of them are very well done. If I HAD to pick my favorites ... #3 and #7 are amazing. #3 because of the angle, and how the blue pops around the eyes, and of course because its incredibly tough! And #7 because it shows so much movement, and makes us realize how tough your macro shots truly were! Amazing work.

9 years, 6 months ago Edited
Geneviã¨Ve 9 years, 6 months ago

Magnificent set...you really bring us photos from another world!

9 years, 6 months ago Edited
Jan 9 years, 6 months ago

They are the same size as the fish i'm used to catch:-)
But these are really beautiful, prefer#1 because of the nice background.

9 years, 6 months ago Edited
Tomek 9 years, 6 months ago

#3 is great...
nice set...
...amazing underwater world...

9 years, 6 months ago Edited
David Cardona 9 years, 6 months ago

Superb! Excellent takes! Well done!

9 years, 6 months ago Edited
David Swatton 9 years, 6 months ago

Your patience and skill yielded great dividends - this is a lovely set.

9 years, 6 months ago Edited
Jacki 9 years, 6 months ago

Well you've done it again! Saved #1 to my favorites.... these are really wonderful.

9 years, 6 months ago Edited
Peregol 9 years, 6 months ago

Fantastic set

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Lexlevans 9 years, 6 months ago

great work! i'm saving #3 to my favorites - i love the contrasting colors of that little guy! #5 looks VERY tired... haha.

9 years, 6 months ago Edited
Mario Jean 9 years, 6 months ago

Wonderful post!
It really was worth the time and efforts spent to end with these gorgeous shots!
All superb colorful shots.
Awesome!

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