Monday, October 8, 2007

Porcupine Fish

This dead Porcupine fish, was awash on the sands of the Panambur beach in Mangalore. The fish is not commonly found in the the waters of the Arabian sea, and is mostly native to the tropical areas of Atlantic and Pacific ocean's.
When threatened, the fish inflates rapidly with outward facing spines. This causes eaten fish to become lodged in the throat of predators. The porcupine fish hunts over the ocean floor at night, using tiny jets of water to uncover prey.
Photographed at f/2.7 aperture to blur out the background and compensate for low light.

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