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Fish Sleep?

A.M. Ruttle

Jackson Hole, United States

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For an amazing photograph of human-grouper interaction, click on DontEatGrouper.com.
I still remember the first time someone showed me a sleeping fish – it astonished me! Had it never occurred to me that fish sleep? Had I never thought about how you sleep if you can’t close your eyes? How about finding a comfy bed when you are underwater? So it was a startling moment. Now it’s fun to sneak up on sleeping fish and see if I can get a few shots off before they wake up.

And there can be some treasured moments, like rounding a coral head and seeing a behemoth nurse shark with its head partly tucked under a coral overhang and the rest of its immense body lying on the sand advertising its presence. The fish above is a grouper, for which we use the underwater symbol of “rubbing our tummies” to indicate yum, yum. Now that I have met a bunch of stunning groupers underwater, and have even “pet” friendly Nassau groupers, I’m not sure “yum yum” is such a good underwater symbol for this great fish! Taken in the waters off Bonaire, Netherland Antilles. To see the amazing variation in color grouper can achieve, click here. Canon S3-IS, Ikelite housing & strobe. Views 523 and Faves 3 as of 25 March 2012, thanks for stopping by!

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- ♥ Artists Universe ♥, March 2012
- All That is Nature, March 2012
- ★ART UNIVERSE★, March 2012
- FEATURED WOMEN PHOTOGRAPHERS, August 2011
- Underwater Creatures, February 2011
Thank you so much!

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