The Biggest Butterflyfish in the World

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What: Lined Butterflyfish (Chaetodon lineolatus).
The largest butterflyfish species in the world, about 12 in (30 cm) long.

Where: I took this photo while diving at Honaunau Bay, Hawaii.


Lined Butterflyfish (Chaetodon lineolatus)
Click on the photo to enlarge.

29 comments:

  1. I've always thought this was a beautiful fish. You couldn't have taken a better picture of it.
    :-)

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  2. Beautiful. He looks like he's in formal wear - for a high society doo! lol

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  3. Very nice. I love these colorful fish.

    Spring is coming here to the arctic...slowly. Getting there.

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  4. Your photography technique is excellent. The fish just pops out of the blue background.

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  5. The contrast is amazing between the fish and the water: the colors, the texture and the focus.

    It's sometimes hard to tell scale in some of these images, so I would not have guessed the "biggest" without your caption.

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  6. Beautiful. I've got a big smile on my face now.

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  7. Swimming to a party? :)
    Lovely as usual!

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  8. Stunning fish. Wow! great picture.

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  9. beautiful fish enjoying his swimming.

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  10. Its colours are so bright. That yellow colour is so "summer". And i like its mouth, too.

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  11. Beautiful fish and beautiful shot. I love your photos.

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  12. That is an absolutely gorgeous photo. Couldn't be any better. I love the ocean and your shell pictures and stories are great and informative. Makes my little shell collection look pretty sorry. Not many shells on the beaches of Oregon. Thanks for sharing and I am sure to return often to learn about all the different shells. Happy Earth Day.

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  13. Thanks everyone.

    Several of you have commented on the contrast between the fishie and the background. That's harder to accomplish underwater than you might imagine, especially with a moving target like a fish. I can't tell you how many times I snapped the shutter and got a blurry fish AND a fuzzy background. :-D

    @ catsynth - You are right about the size issue. It's all relative: This is the largest Butterflyfish species, but there are many many kinds of fish that are much larger than the fishes in this family.

    @ nature ramblings - Your Oregon beaches may not have many shells, but they have nice agates and sea glass. Happy Earth Day to you, too.

    Bobbie

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  14. That's just the perfect fish portrait!Great.

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  15. That's an amazing and beautiful fish. Great shot.

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  16. What a beautiful fish...I want one of those for our fishtank:) Happy WW and thanks for stopping by.

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  17. Wow! It almost looks like it's flying! The water doesn't blur or smudge the details at all.
    Just stunning!

    ~Lisa
    New Mexico

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  18. Beautiful shot! Interesting that the biggest in the world is still only 12 inches.

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  19. That is a very beautiful fish. I wonder if he knows he's a hottie.

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  20. Lovely underwater photo!
    Hugs and blessings,

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  21. Gorgeous photo in the deep blues..nice job

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  22. Always awesome Bobbie. Your photography in general is marvelous, but your underwater work just blows my mind.

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  23. What a gorgeous fish, and how cool it must be to have it so close. Great picture.
    B.

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  24. What an amazing fish! I loved it in the enlarged version. The detail is so beautiful.

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  25. Thanks everyone. We always enjoy your feedback on the photos we post.

    Bobbie & Jerry

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