Wakatobi’s Burping Sponges

Published March 18, 2022 in MARINE LIFE

Patience pays

For some divers, simply finding a frogfish is reward enough. Photographers may move in for a couple of snapshots, then move on in search of the next subject. Capturing a decent portrait of a frogfish isn’t particularly difficult, as they will likely stay put long enough for the shooter to fiddle with exposures, focus and so forth. But if big strobes and multiple takes are involved, the frogfish may soon tire of the attention, and either shut down or, if feeling sufficiently harassed, move away. If a frogfish starts yawning, it may be a sign of stress, a show of aggression or an attempt at appearing larger to ward off unwanted visitors.

Witnessing a frogfish in action will take a bit more time, and patience pays off. Step one is to back off a bit and give the animal some personal space. Once divers aren’t right up in its face, a frogfish will eventually return to its favorite pastime, which is angling for the next meal. Photographers will have a better chance of capturing this behavior when using a longer lens that doesn’t require them to be right up in the action. A macro zoom is a good choice for this type of work, and a flip diopter can be added for the moderately smaller critters. When conditions allow, shooting ambient light will also encourage the fish to ignore the intrusions and get back to business.

Once you know what you are looking for, you will begin to see frogfish more and more often on the reefs around Wakatobi Resort. And while they may not be the most glamorous animal on the reef, frogfish are a favorite find for many divers, who admire these homely creatures, warts and all.

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