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Aussie
08-18-2008, 07:02
There is a small school of Pufferfish that live at my local dive site. They all hover mid water in the same area. I have noticed that about all of them either are blind in one eye or have a growth on one eye. This means if you approach them on their blind side you can get really close and take a few shots of them. Once they turn around and actually see you they swim off at full speed leaving a brown stain in the water.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3161/2774578666_38f07626a4_o.jpg

This guy shows the damaged eye that most of these pufferfish have. Its a little strange that most of these fish have one eye out of action. They also position themselve in a school so that they keep an eye out for everyone else, but sometimes it doesnt always work.

The shot was taken with a Nikon D80 with tokina 10-17mm

Regards Mark

bversteegh
08-18-2008, 22:18
That's a beauty Mark. Love the angle on the shot - usually pretty hard to get under them - great job. You suppose there is a large predator that is working on the eye?

So - I guess we need to follow your lead with our puffer shots - I should have a few laying around somewhere:smiley20:

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/167/370118066_793a8ee34c_o.jpg

http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1144/815060460_51e8b7065c_o.jpg

http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1420/815049154_c2fb8a7b1f.jpg

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3061/2764574646_a03518dcbc.jpg

Lj82
08-18-2008, 22:45
<a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/linjiang1982/AurAug2008/photo#5233205320176568370"><img src="http://lh3.ggpht.com/linjiang1982/SKAUgxHPCDI/AAAAAAAAAJo/0olLnrcjjr0/s144/P1000193.JPG" /></a>

Picasa Web Albums - Lin Chiang - Aur aug 2008 (http://picasaweb.google.com/linjiang1982/AurAug2008/photo#5233205320176568370)

Here is my contribution.
Dogface puffer in Malaysia.

Sorry that the quality of the shot isn't up to the quality of the other lads here. :smiley9:

(Edit..I can't seem to embed the file on this post :smiley13:..anyone can help me?)

Aussie
08-19-2008, 05:42
You suppose there is a large predator that is working on the eye?

Its normally a growth over the eye like a large Pterygium, but its only in one eye. There might be a Pufferfish expert out there that can explain it.

Regards Mark

Aussie
08-19-2008, 05:44
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3145/2395080285_420bb160ed_o.jpg

Taken with a Olympus c-7070.

daZZ
08-19-2008, 07:03
not blind but here's one i caught by surprise

Aussie
08-19-2008, 08:58
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3097/2777452155_20ac68f182_o.jpg

allison finch
08-20-2008, 14:27
http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1201/1363453836_d3179c1102_o.jpg

Fun to see them blen in so well.

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2003/2481451944_b39043cd77_o.jpg

Close up of the odd eye.

http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1227/1363453852_eb27d3981c_o.jpg

CompuDude
08-20-2008, 15:11
Seems like puffers often have eyes that are little beat up on the outside. Kinda makes you wonder! I have some shots that shows this pretty clearly as well. I'll see if I can dig them up at some point.

Edit: Can't find the one I'm thinking of, but here's a decent shot I took in Thailand:

http://www.h2ogeek.com/2008-01-22%20Thailand/slides/IMG_8258-crop.jpg

Vegas
08-20-2008, 16:47
not blind but here's one i caught by surprise


OMG! I love this picture!! Great shot!

roofless
08-20-2008, 17:52
http://forum.scubatoys.com/attachments/underwater-photo/2805d1219147372-pufferfish-puffer.jpg
not blind but here's one i caught by surprise

lol

how intimidating! ... but cute

dogseatmayo
08-20-2008, 18:53
this reminds me of the pufferfish video on scubatube or whatever its called lol

DevilDiver
09-02-2008, 15:32
Here is one I shot this summer.

Striped Burrfish (Chilomycterus schoepfi)
Stetson Bank, Texas Gulf
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3285/2814514988_9f6f293f42.jpg
Exposure:0.01 sec (1/100)
Aperture:f/8.8
Focal Length:10.5 mm
ISO Speed:100
Exposure Bias:0/10 EV

Aussie
09-04-2008, 22:19
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3169/2829825616_dbc64693ce.jpg


http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2169/2828988841_653fbbd6f2.jpg

Nikon D80, Nikkor 60mm, 1/80th f20

Regards Mark

DevilDiver
09-04-2008, 22:21
Mark,

Those are great shots! Great detail in the face and the eye is awsome!! Great work.......

Aussie
09-20-2008, 21:51
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3271/2873444091_b34ab78f17.jpg

Puffer Eye

Nikon D80
60mm Macro with 2x Kenko Teleconverter

Aussie
10-13-2008, 07:05
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3173/2937179093_7ba18f99af_o.jpg

Puffer with growth over his eye. Its common for these guys to have a growth over one eye.

Nikon D80 with Tokina 10-17mm

dbh
10-13-2008, 10:11
http://www.myunderwaterworld.com/LP08pf01.jpg

coral cowgirl
10-13-2008, 21:20
Galaxies in those eyes.........love 'em!

SynCitizen
10-13-2008, 23:48
Amazing photos! Thanks for sharing.

lisacay
10-17-2008, 14:34
my contribution

Suther2136
10-17-2008, 16:18
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3287/2886604060_541e1512d5_m.jpg

teerlkay
11-25-2008, 21:48
Aqaba, Jordan
http://forum.scubatoys.com/gallery/files/2/8/0/4/puffer01_1024.jpg

DevilDiver
11-26-2008, 01:31
Aqaba, Jordan
http://forum.scubatoys.com/gallery/files/2/8/0/4/puffer01_1024.jpg


Very nice...... I think I have seen this one some where before.

teerlkay
11-26-2008, 07:21
Aqaba, Jordan


Very nice...... I think I have seen this one some where before.

yeah - i don't print too many but i printed this one too - i just like the "big eye"