Wordless Wednesday #9 - November 28, 2007

Stripebelly Puffer (Arothron hispidus)

37 comments:

  1. Thats a cool looking fish! I just digg your photos! Good WW to you!

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  2. Meet the Stripe-belly Puffer -- also called the Stars and Stripes Puffer by some because this fish has stripes on its belly and dots that resemble stars on its back. The scientific name for this pufferfish is Arothron hispidus. The species is common throughout the Pacific and as far west as the eastern coast of Africa and the Red Sea.

    I photographed this individual at Honaunau, Hawaii. This fish is called O'opu hue in the Hawaiian language.

    Bobbie

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  3. What a beautiful shot of a great fish! Happy WW...

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  4. This one took my breath away. I know how hard it can be to shoot through water, yet you make it look so easy. How do you do it?

    My latest image is now up, too:

    http://writteninc.blogspot.com/2007/11/wordless-wednesday-twin-towers.html

    Hope you have a wonderful WW!

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  5. Awesome shot...looks like he posed for you. Happy WW!

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  6. I'm a dork and get scared by fish. My husband laughed at my panic attack when we went snorkeling on our honeymoon. LOL! But it's a beautiful shot! As long as I don't have to get close to the fish I can enjoy their beauty. LOL!

    My Wordless Wednesday is up too! Have a great day! :)

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  7. Hiya puffer. Puff Daddy. Puff the Magic Fishy.

    Sorry, not much sleep last night!

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  8. Thanks for sharing the photo. Your site is really informative.:)

    Serena
    ChatnChill

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  9. Wow, this is a great photo. Very nice. Happy WW.

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  10. The fish looks like it came over especially to be photographed, lol. Happy WW!

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  11. Wonderful share for today’s ww!

    Thanks for visiting earlier.

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  12. Wow, cool photograph. You should check out Unique Exposure's weekly photo challenge this week... the theme is "Go Fish". You can get the link from my blog.

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  13. That's a nice fish ! would be a pity if my Arthur would catch it, lol ! and yes on top of my WW post is Arthur watching TV !

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  14. Great WW photo! I'm going to show this puffer to my 7-year old son. Likely he will want to know if he can put one in his aquarium...

    I have a George Bush cartoon waiting for you.

    peace, Villager

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  15. What a cool picture! I sadly never had the chance to take pics through water but I'd like too... great job!

    Happy WW!

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  16. Bobbie & Jerry, I always visit your blog to have a dive into that warm, blue water with, in this cae, a puffer. Me and the puffer have often shared space...

    Come visit me. :)

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  17. Just popping in to say I always look forward to your WW posts.

    That's a fantastic photo of a puffer!

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  18. He has a lost look - almost like he asking you to help him find his buddies.

    Great image!

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  19. Great picture, Bobbie! I always enjoy visiting to see what beauty or cutie you've posted for the week. This one falls into the cutie category.

    I clicked on the image to make it bigger because I love investigating the details. Because of the sandy bottom and the formations of lava/coral/rocks and some of the color I spotted on the fish I was wondering how deep you were when you met up with this cutie?

    Thanks for visiting my site and commenting today. Yes, the leaf was a gingko biloba after the rain. Happy WW!!

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  20. Looks like he has something to say! Happy WW!

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  21. Hi Everybody -

    Thanks you all for visiting and commenting.

    @ Roger - Thanks. I like your photos, too.

    @ Carmi - Underwater photography is challenging, yes, but worth the trouble.

    @ Melanie - He does look posed. He swam right up to us, making us think that other divers must have fed him.

    @ Natalie, no need to be scared of most reef fish, especially this guy.

    @ Chris - Puff the Magic Fishy: I like that!

    @ Serena - Thanks. We try to keep a balance between 'information' and 'fun'.

    @ Shelia - Yes, as I mentioned above, it did swim right up to us -- a very friendly fishy, or else one with an overdose of curiosity.

    @ Smarmoofus - Thanks for that link. I will check it out.

    @ Gattina - I think this fish lives a little to deep for a kitty like Arthur to catch (unless he learns to use SCUBA). ;-}


    @ ZJ - Yes - Puff fish, Pufferfish -- we've even heard them called balloon fish! When they get frightened they puff themselves out , presumably to make themselves look more imposing to their enemies.

    @ Villager - I hope your son enjoys the photo. You can tell him that this one is too big to fit into his aquarium.

    @ Tina - I hope you get an opportunity to try it some time.

    @ Mary (the teach) - We enjoy your blogs as well. Thanks for your frequent visits and your support.

    @ Sheila - Thanks. You do a wonderful job of presenting Hawaii to potential visitors on your blog. We both love your Go Visit Hawaii blog.

    @ Kathy - Thank you. Actually, we thought he looked like he wanted to say "Will you play with me?" -- or, more likely, "Do you guys have anything to eat?"

    @ Harlekwin - Thanks, we think he's a cutie, too. We were not very deep at all -- maybe 25 feet at most. The photo was taken in natural light, without a strobe. It was a very sunny day, and the water was very clear, so a lot of light came through from above. Flashing the strobe often frightens the subjects -- and then you get photos of fish tails! -- so when there is sufficient natural light to do the job, I use it.

    Bobbie

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  22. Beautiful! Looks like he can see me. Lovely.

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  23. zabeautiful...and my favorite color!

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  24. awesome fish -wow did you take it ?

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  25. wonderful looking fish! Happy Wordless Wednesday!

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  26. PUFFER FISH!!! I like it! When I was in high school, my friends who can't pronounce my name, Pelf Yeen, called me puffer fish. Hahah

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  27. Thanks for sharing a little bit about the Stars and Stripes. It's a lovely fish, and the capture is perfect. :D

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  28. @ Bundle, Martie, Jenn, Betty, Mona@rch and Zam - Thank you for visiting again and for the nice comments.

    @ baby-amore - There was no trick to taking this picture. This friendly fish swam right up to me and I snapped the photo.

    @ Pelfy - Now I am always going to think of you as Puffer Fish whenever I visit your blog!

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  29. Wow this is such a cool photo of the fish, and kind of funny, lol. Anna :)

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  30. Thanks, Anna. He is kind of funny-looking, isn't he?

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  31. I love it when fish have expressions I can relate to as a human.

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  32. Hi Mark - Yes, I agree -- but I always have to wonder if they think more or less the same thing about us.

    Bobbie

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We welcome your comments and invite your questions. Dialogue is a good thing!

Bobbie & Jerry