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.


May 12, 17     Comments Off on GIANT Deep-Sea Ogcocephalus sp. Discovered in St. Eustatius

Good morning folks, the weirdness continues with this off the charts giant Batfish, Ogcocephalus sp. found once again two and a half miles off shore on the tiny island of St. Eustatius. One of the many things that makes this guy unique to depth is his color. In the shallow Caribbean waters all the batfish I have ever seen and photographed are either black or brown and covered in moss making them almost impossible to find, this guy or gal on the other hand stands out like a sure thumb! For a size reference there is a rusted bottle-cap under him, it stands out pretty easily as it’s the only thing not white. So what do batfish eat you ask?? Good question, I had to Google it myself and found this little blurb on the “Untamed Science” site; Like many deep sea fish, batfish are voracious carnivores. They use the modified dorsal spine as a lure (called an illicium) to attract prey. It is protected by an elongated snout. In general, they eat mainly small fish, mollusks, and crustaceans such as shrimps and crabs. You can easily see the cool legs this fish has for walking around and it can swim pretty well if it has to.

Sorry so short. I am way to busy these days…




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