2013 Photo Contest, Nature, Singles, 3rd prize

Caribbean Trumpet Fish

Photographer

Randall Benton

The Sacramento Bee

01 April, 2012

A Caribbean trumpetfish (Aulostomus maculatus), off the coast of Bonaire, in the Lesser Antilles.

About

Randall Benton

Benton has been a professional photographer for 25 years. For the last 12 years, he has worked as a staff photographer for The Sacramento Bee newspaper. As a staff member, his ph...

Background story

Bonaire, Netherlands Antilles

A Caribbean trumpetfish (Aulostomus maculatus), off the coast of Bonaire, in the Lesser Antilles.

Trumpetfish are named for their elongated snouts and bodies, and can expand their mouths widely to suck up the small fish and crustaceans they feed on. They are able to change skin color to blend with surroundings, and often use large herbivorous fish as camouflage, shadowing them until the moment is right to strike out at smaller prey.

Trumpetfish will often hang vertically in the water, drifting with the current and vacuuming up any prey swimming below, using a method called ‘pipette feeding’.

Technical information

Shutter Speed
1/250 sec
Focal length
60 mm
F-Stop
9.5
ISO
200

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