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Avid outdoorsman and underwater photographer, Barry Brown has spent the last 12 years documenting life above and below water in Curacao, Netherlands Antilles. He is currently working with the Smithsonian Institution documenting new Caribbean deep-water species and building a one of a kind database. His underwater images can regularly be seen in Sport Diver, Scuba Diver and on the Ikelite website. His image of a "Collage of Corals" seen under blue-light at night recently placed in the TOP 10 images for the 2014 NANPA (North American Nature Photographers Association) photo contest.

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May 8, 17     Comments Off on Antilligobius nikkiae, Tiny/Small Rare Deep Sea Fish

Good morning all, above is one of the many new species that has recently been discovered by the Smithsonian Institution and Substation Curacao. This little treasure was named after the daughter of Substation Curacao, his name is Dutch her name is Nikki. This is a tiny one and a half inch, super beautiful fish called a Saber Goby, Antilligobius nikkiae. These are found in the 300-400 foot range and are usually seen congregating in schools unlike other fish that like to be on their own like the golden bass for instance. This one here along with a few others was collected by the sub alive about a week ago in St. Eustatius and brought up for me to photograph. I love this little fish, not only are they colorful but they have a super tall dorsal fin that seems to get even taller with age, this is the largest one I have ever seen. I spent hours on the ship trying to get this photo, you have no idea how difficult it is to get a fish to park where you want them to, it could be close to the most frustrating thing I have ever done!

So much to do little time, right??

Talk soon,

Barry

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