Fusilier Fish: Speed Demons of the Reef

by B. N. Sullivan

This is a Right Blue photo essay on Fusilier Fish (Caesionidae). These fish, which move about a tropical reef in large schools, always seem to appear suddenly and out of nowhere. In unison, they zoom first one way, and then another, at speeds that can make your jaw drop, doing precision turns that leave those watching in awe. For divers, encountering a school of Fusilier Fish always is exhilarating. I hope this series of photos, which I took in quick succession, will give our readers a sense of what it's like to encounter a school of Fusilier Fish.

Here they come.

Fusilier Fish (Caesionidae)
Then they do an about face.

Fusilier Fish (Caesionidae)
Then they circle back again.

Fusilier Fish (Caesionidae)
And then they're gone!

Fusilier Fish (Caesionidae)
[Click on any of the photos to enlarge.]

8 comments:

  1. I really do love your underwater photos. :-)

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  2. Love the colours, so rich in blues!

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  3. Amazing images Bobbie, I bet they could drive you nuts trying to photograph them sometimes !! :)

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  4. @ Craig - Thank you. This IS the place for all things blue. ;-}

    @ Bernie - You are right. They don't exactly hold still and pose!

    Bobbie

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  5. Very nice!!!
    If you like diving maybe you should visit Croatia cost.
    Have a nice day

    Aneta

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  6. WOW, excellent pictures. Im looking for a photo that I can use to make metal fish that I can hung on the wall.
    These are the best pictures on the web.
    Congratulations.
    Teresa

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  7. Hi Teresa - Thanks. If you use the photo(s) as a model for your metal fish, take a photo, put it on your blog, and come back here and post a link so that we all can see it.

    Bobbie

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