A group of friendly bat fish schooled up behind the dive boat as I completed my decompression stop after a dive on a reef in Fiji. They swan right past me and it was wonderful to spend a few moments with them at the end of the dive.

If you look closely on the top left of this image you can see my dive buddy on the surface about to re-board the dive boat. What a fantastic place!

Nikon D200 – 10.5mm

Stephen Colquitt is a photographer from Melbourne, Australia. He loves travel, and has a real passion for underwater photography.

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  • Rowi
    Rowialmost 6 years ago

    Great shot, amazing how clear it is, pacific islands are on my list for diving….at some stage….

  • Definetely do it. Lots to see in Fiji

    – Stephen Colquitt

  • anaisnais
    anaisnaisalmost 6 years ago

    Wow, what an experience, lovely take. Makes for a great memory/reflection.

  • kathy s gillentine
    kathy s gillen...almost 6 years ago

    beautiful capture

  • danyeluc
    danyelucalmost 6 years ago


  • Amanda Cotton
    Amanda Cottonalmost 6 years ago

    This is fantastic. I love the POV. I can never get more than a fish butt shot with Bat fish, they always seem to be very curious and in your face until you lift your camera to take a picture, then they swim away. Excellent Stephen!

  • Thanks Amanda – I was lucky to get them looking towards the camera, they were a little bit shy like you describe at first (I have a few shots that arent so good), but after a while they seemed to grow bolder and accept me being close to them. As I said I was just lucky I think.

    – Stephen Colquitt

  • MattTworkowski
    MattTworkowskialmost 6 years ago

    Amazing image mate

  • Hey thanks Matt – Have been reflecting on this one and have decided I like the composition and blues better in this image than in the other similar bat fish image I have in my portfolio.

    Would love to go back to Fiji as I only got a taste in my one day there on the cruise.

    – Stephen Colquitt

  • Stephen Colquitt
    Stephen Colquittalmost 6 years ago

  • FelicityB
    FelicityBalmost 6 years ago

    I recognise these guys (but only from books sad to say) – how big were they?

  • The bat fish were quite large Felicity – maybe about 25 to 30cm tall.

    – Stephen Colquitt

  • daveharasti
    daveharastiover 5 years ago

    this is a cracking shot! awesome clarity.

  • Melissa Fiene
    Melissa Fieneover 5 years ago

    Very nice! you have some great shots here.

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