It has been over a week since I saw the larger frog fish and this afternoon, a diver friend told me he saw one probably 100' from where I had last seen it.
Above, "On the throne and ready to hold court".
The next day, 9-9-09, this frog fish was again on the same coral colony.
Next day, 9-10-09, I went out with friend, Bob, to see the frog fish. It had moved from the lone coral colony in the sand and we looked over a large distance for it. I don't know about Bob but I was concentrating on other lobe coral colonies of similar color and good size. Bob finally spotted it and it was standing out like a neon sign in a colony no where near its color! My visual filtering was set to ignore small clumps of its color. Duh!!
Unsatisfied with more stationary shots, we encouraged the fish to move about some.
We finished up our visit to the reef and returned to the beach where we talked story for a while. On the way to the parking lot, we came across another friend, Emily who is over doing some reef research for her PHD thesis at Scripps. I have been hounding her to go out and meet the frogs but she has been busy with her research and we hadn't crossed paths out in the right area on the reef. She was headed out to so some study free diving so I went out again with her to point out the frog. In the pic below, she is photographing it and you can make it out in the reef if you look for it:
I am glad she got to see it. Back to work.......
Never knowing if it will be the last time I see it, I went down for another shot.
Bob sent me the pic he took below of me "herding" the frog fish down to the sand.
9-13-09: Swell and surge had stirred up the water quite a bit but we could still see the frog fish from the surface thanks to its bright color.
Emily was out at the same time and came over to check in on this guy.
Visibility had improved the next day and the frog fish was in the same area; full time job, waiting for a meal to come by:
I am attempting to visit both this larger frog fish as well as the small one on a daily basis and photograph them. I am hoping over time to record their growth and changes in color and appearance. I will eventually publish some sort of pictoral "log" of this. The nexxt day, I found this larger guy in the same general area and on a section of coral almost at the sand level.
While back at the surface, the frog fish hopped off the coral and went out onto the sand. I dove down with the idea of taking a self portrait holding the camera beyond the fish and including it in the shot.
The frog fish decided it wanted to go back up to its roost on the coral.
Looking into the dome port of the camera, I saw that there was a distorted mirror effect and I wonder what these various animals make of seeing themselves, when I bring the camera in for a photo. I wonder if it is me or their own image that they at times elect to avoid; probably the former.
In the two shots above, it seems that the frogfish's eye in the image is looking right at the camera which would be the fish's own reflection. (It might be interesting to take a mirror down to the reef and see how some of the critters respond to their mirror image.) Other than the ocean surface, I doubt the sea creatures have much experience with their own reflection.