Fish Sleep? by A.M. Ruttle

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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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  • Paul Todd
    Paul Toddalmost 6 years ago

    Fantastic shot! I wonder what they dream about.

  • Hi smallfox, how fun to see you’ve dropped in just moments after I’ve posted this! Now why didn’t I think of that… what do they dream about?!

    – A.M. Ruttle

  • AnnDixon
    AnnDixonalmost 6 years ago

    This is a fabulous shot and interesting read,

  • Thanks so much for dropping by, Ann! Your Airbus Beluga makes me smile every time!!!

    – A.M. Ruttle

  • Scott  d'Almeida
    Scott d'Almeidaalmost 6 years ago


  • Thanks so much, Scott! Love your image of the Chicago bean!

    – A.M. Ruttle

  • MattTworkowski
    MattTworkowskialmost 6 years ago

    Great shot,thanks for the insight into some diving experiences

  • Hi Matt, I love it when you stop by; thanks so much for your comment!

    – A.M. Ruttle

  • Gail Bridger
    Gail Bridgeralmost 6 years ago

    Beautifully captured!
    Ever see a sleeping hummingbird? I was astonished,view

  • Hi Gail, so nice to see you stop in! Your shot of the sleeping hummer is a WINNER! I love it so much, I’ve emailed a link to friends outside of RB!!

    – A.M. Ruttle

  • Jeff Notti
    Jeff Nottiover 5 years ago

    great underwater shots, what are you shooting with these days, i used to use a nikonus, but am leaning toward a g10 in a water housing, may be a houseing for my d90,

  • Hi Jeff, This shot was taken with a small S3-IS by Canon, Ikelite housing and strobe. I’m currently trying to justify the cost of something with more megapixels, and haven’t gotten very far. I’m always so jealous when I see u/w images taken with those better cameras!

    – A.M. Ruttle

  • satchmobrd
    satchmobrdabout 5 years ago

    Love the nuances in the shadow; and the color manages vibrant and tranquil in the same package!
    And along the lines of “what do they dream?” the lifelong sleepwalker in me wonders…are there sleepswimmers in the deep? ;-)

  • Oooh, satchmo, what a concept; they might not be alive long if they sleepswam! AMR

    – A.M. Ruttle

  • Ann  Van Breemen
    Ann Van Breemenabout 5 years ago

    Fancy that! A sleeping fish. I wonder if they snor-kel too?:)

  • LOL!!!!!

    – A.M. Ruttle

  • Krys Bailey
    Krys Baileyabout 5 years ago

    He’s a beaut! As a keep of tropical fish, I wondered if they ever slept! Great shot! ;o)

  • Indrani Ghose
    Indrani Ghoseabout 5 years ago

    Ok! I am not scared!
    What an awesome capture!

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