This huge shoal of Blackstriped Grunts (Xenocys jessiae) stays very close together and moves like a giant fish above the reef. This behave protects the small individuals in a perfect way.

Cape Marshall, Isabela island, Galapagos Archipelago, Ecuador, Pacific Ocean

Canon EOS 50-E, 2.8/15mm Fisheye, Subal housing, 1/60s, f 9, Subtronic amphibian flash, manual mode

1001 Views, 19.07.2012


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Passionated, professional photographer since 1992 with worldwide publications in magazines, newspapers, calendars, prospects, advertising, internet and on products.
I am located in Nuremberg, Franconia, Bavaria, Germany, and my heart beats for marine wildlife.

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  • George Kypreos
    George Kypreosover 4 years ago

  • Gary Kelly
    Gary Kellyover 4 years ago

    I’d hate to be the bloke in the middle hehe. What an incredible sight!

  • Dean Mullin
    Dean Mullinover 4 years ago

    norbert – geez man. you stun me every time you put up an image…. truly a magnificent sight

    big ups

  • Thank you Dean. The soght was not so good. But with fish eye lens it seems like that :-)

    – Norbert Probst

  • Paul Manning
    Paul Manningover 4 years ago

    lovin it! your work is unreal!

  • Thank’s Paul. It’s truly real. Believe me.

    – Norbert Probst

  • berndt2
    berndt2over 4 years ago

    brilliant shot – it really looks like one big organism!!

  • Thank you Berndt. Yes, that’s what they like to believe you.

    – Norbert Probst

  • Paul Moore
    Paul Mooreover 4 years ago

    Really enjoying your work Norbert, magic stuff.

  • Thanks Paul. I’m appreciated.

    – Norbert Probst

  • BigD
    BigDover 4 years ago

  • Thanks for the feature. I’m honored.
    Cheers, Norbert

    – Norbert Probst

  • David's Photoshop
    David's Photoshopover 4 years ago

    Great shot Nobert, well done and congratulations on being featured.

  • ralph arce
    ralph arceover 4 years ago

    Awesome! What a huge school of fish! :D

  • Thank you. Yes, very rare at other places.

    – Norbert Probst

  • kemal91
    kemal91over 4 years ago

    Wow, amazing shot. That diver looks tiny next to it.

  • Thank you. He is tiny, compared to the shoal…

    – Norbert Probst

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