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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 10, 17     Comments Off on Centropristis fuscula, TwoSpot Sea Bass, Deep Sea Bass

Good morning out there, I have a small, two-inch, fully grown adult Centropristis fuscula or TwoSpot Sea Bass for your viewing pleasure today found a few weeks ago now on the ultra tiny island of St. Eustatius or “Statia” as it’s know by the locals. For those of you like myself who know nothing about this island in the Caribbean do yourself a favor and google the history, it will flat out blow your mind!! As a teaser did you know that during the Revolutionary War we got 40% of all our weapons from this island??? Yeah, say What?? Check it out, there’s a whole lot more…

Most of you already know how much I love these tiny sea-bass that live way down in the darkness and most are crazy colorful! If your wanting to compare this guy or gal to other tiny sea-bass I have shot just use the search box and either type in the specific names like Candy bass or Apricot bass or just try sea-bass or deep sea-bass, it’s amazing how much they all look similar but their color patterns, behaviors and the depths they live at are nothing alike.

If your wondering about the environment they are found in it’s much like the photo above. At depth, lets say over 350 feet corals and sponges become less and less and rock and sand become the key landscape in the form of sheer walls, single rocks on the sand or and occasional sponge or coral creating this little micro-community. Sea bass which are predators tend to be ambush hunters so they tuck themselves in alongside a rock or in the mouth of a cave, anywhere out of sight making them very hard to find and using the element of surprise keeps their little bellies full. They will eat just about anything as well, crabs and shrimps are for sure a daily menu item so really nothing is safe from these little eating machines.

Hope you all are doing well out there….

Barry

 

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