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Philippines Tobies

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On the house reef at Dauin, Philippines, I saw a remarkable scene of Black-Saddled Tobies (Canthigaster valentini). As the pair swirled upward through the water, I was fortunate to be in position to shoot part of the sequence. None of these are great photos by themselves, but together they make a pretty cool sequence. I've had several opinions on the fishes' behavior, including Ned Deloach, and the consensus seems to be that these are two males having a territorial dispute.

 

Nikon D200 with 60mm micro lens. Thank goodness for autofocus and fresh batteries in the strobe. :)

 

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Excellent sequence of shots you've got here!

 

What amazes me is why two males would be playing around in each others genital area. Looks a bit odd for fighting behaviour in my mind!

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Really cool sequence Jim; probably would make a great collage print.

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That's awesome Jim - great sequence. I have the same questions as Grah-ham. I'll ask my fish-geek friend Doug Weaver when I see him next week.

 

Cheers

James

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Really nice work, Jimmy...

Was that sequence shot using AF-S or AF-C ??

 

Exceptional effort to track and shoot and retain composition... :)

 

Bruce...

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Thanks, fellows. Bruce, I was using AF-S with the 60mm.

 

I would welcome any ideas on what the two tobies are doing. I initially assumed it was some kind of mating ritual, but now I'm not so sure after some of the comments I've received.

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Jim, did you use a focus light?

 

No focus light, but we were fairly shallow and even though the viz was limited, there was enough light for the 60mm (f/2.8).

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Thats cool, Jim!!

 

If they are fighting they bite them in their...... :D:) ....ouch!!!!!

 

If they are not fighting and this are two males....what they are doing????

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Those are low blows, someone should acquaint them with the Marquis of Queensberry rules :D

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It was obviously no bites-barred as they were quarrelling over the right to be the next NatGeo star!!!

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It was obviously no bites-barred as they were quarrelling over the right to be the next NatGeo star!!!

 

Bless you, Gary. excited001.gif

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