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 9, 17     Comments Off on Ogcocephalus sp., RARE Batfish, Walking Fish, Odd Fish

Good morning friends, this is what you call an OMG fish!! This is another “possible” New Species of Batfish Ogcocephalus sp. found 2.5 miles off the coast of St. Eustatia with the use of a mini-submersible on loan from Substation Curacao and found by scientists from the Smithsonian Institution. In Statia we were anchored around a quarter mile off shore in about 35-40 feet of water with nothing but sand and sea-grass below filled with sting-rays and giant flying gurnards. Unlike Curacao where the reef drops off immediately St. Eustatius has a shallow reef that extends around the whole island about 2+ miles )because of the giant volcano) meaning if you want to go explore the depths there you have to tow the submersible with a small boat and then begin the exploring. Each morning 4-5 people would climb into the submersible in the floating platform next to the ship and then for the next 45 minutes have to be towed at the surface, “sometimes in rough seas” for 2.5 miles out to the drop-off, that would have made me sick!! Once the submersible is underwater it has a GPS of sorts connected to it so the boat on top can follow it during it’s 4-6 hour collecting trips. Then before they surface (still 2.5 miles out) a diver jumps in and dives down to recover the finds and bring them to another waiting boat which brings all the stuff back to me hopefully alive. Lastly the sub will surface again 2.5 miles off shore in rough seas and get towed all the way back in meanwhile I am already photographing their recent finds. What happens if you have to use the bathroom during these long rides you as?? Not a pretty sight or sound I am told, they have pee-bags onboard for male and females and it’s true, “if you gotta go, you gotta go”!

This insanely beautiful little batfish is another first for me, none of us onboard including the Smithsonian had ever seen it. The body is covered in beautiful little spots and he or she was able to lighten or darken those spots according to the environment it was hiding in, such a wonderful little creature. As you may already know as well batfish don’t really swim around like normal fish, they spend their days laying in the sand or rubble or find a sponge and they walk using their cool front legs, this one here was a bit more adapted to swimming than others I have seen because of his feathered or fined feet as you can see above.

So much to do, so little time..





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