Volume 5    Number 7

Trumpetfish at The Aquarium Reef
near Grand Turk

Trumpetfish at The Aquarium Reef near Grand Turk

ReefNews has brought you other pictures of Trumpetfish, but this picture from The Aquarium Reef near Grand Turk is one of the best.

Trumpetfish are patient hunters. They lurk among the branches of Sea Rod Corals, waiting for their prey to come to them. Their long, thin bodies resemble the branches of the Sea Rod Corals, so the branches give them good camouflage. Trumpetfish often hide by pointing their heads at the bottom and their tails toward the surface, lining up with these branches.

This Trumpetfish was about 2 feet long. Its body is about 1 inch thick. That is about the same size as the Sea Rod Coral branches. Notice all the lines and spots on the Trumpetfish's body. The spots may resemble the individual coral polyps, the animals that make up the colony of corals.

ReefNews photographer Jonathan Dowell took this photo using a Canon A2 camera with a 28-105 mm zoom lens in an Ikelite housing with an Ikelite strobe. The photo was taken on June 25, 2002.



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