Clown fish. Alor, Indonesia. July 2012.

Clownfish have a dirty mouth

  Indonesia: Alor + Raja Ampat - July 2012

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The underwater photoIt's fun. I love it when fishes take suggestive poses. The nicest ones are not the ones you think!

Maws of fish

As I travel and dive, I am less and less indulgent with my photos of fish. It is no longer enough to capture their image. I try more to "draw their portrait".

The photos are much more interesting when you manage to freeze a fish face, fin raised, in an unusual pose, aesthetic, or suggestive ...

Anthias. Alor, Indonesia. July 2012.
Anthias. Alor, Indonesia. July 2012.

Some of the portraits hold surprises... We discover that the clownfish, the "Nemo" popularized by the movie of the same name, is not a cute little animal, but an aggressive villain who likes to show off his sharp little teeth.

Clown fish. Alor, Indonesia. July 2012.
Clown fish. Alor, Indonesia. July 2012.

We realize that the trunkfish is a joker, whose mocking pout goes very well with this exasperating mania that he has to run away as soon as we are interested in him.

Horned chest fish. Alor, Indonesia, July 2012.
Horned chest fish. Alor, Indonesia, July 2012.

One can even get excited about the ugliness of the scorpionfish, lurking in its cruel and false lethargy. Its hunting strategy consists in watching without moving the surroundings with its big eyes, to swallow the unfortunate prey which will have the misfortune to pass within reach of its mouth.

Lionfish. Alor, Indonesia, July 2012.
Lionfish. Alor, Indonesia, July 2012.

Picture gallery

You will find below a small selection of these "mouths" of fish, photographed in the waters of AlorI spent ten days in this remote Indonesian archipelago in July 2012.

Fish Mandarin. Alor, Indonesia. July 2012.
Fish Mandarin. Alor, Indonesia. July 2012.
Lionfish. Alor, Indonesia. July 2012.
Lionfish. Alor, Indonesia. July 2012.
Boxfish. Alor, Indonesia. July 2012.
Boxfish. Alor, Indonesia. July 2012.
Cuttlefish. Alor, Indonesia. July 2012.
Cuttlefish. Alor, Indonesia. July 2012.
Blowfish. Alor, Indonesia. July 2012.
Blowfish. Alor, Indonesia. July 2012.
Fish-sheet. Alor, Indonesia. July 2012.
Fish-sheet. Alor, Indonesia. July 2012.
Alor, Indonesia. July 2012.
Alor, Indonesia. July 2012.
Javanese moray eel. Alor, Indonesia. July 2012.
Javanese moray eel. Alor, Indonesia. July 2012.
Rhinopias. Alor, Indonesia. July 2012.
Rhinopias. Alor, Indonesia. July 2012.
Ornate ghost fish. Alor, Indonesia. July 2012.
Ornate ghost fish. Alor, Indonesia. July 2012.
Fish-sheet. Alor, Indonesia. July 2012.
Fish-sheet. Alor, Indonesia. July 2012.
Lionfish. Alor, Indonesia. July 2012.
Lionfish. Alor, Indonesia. July 2012.
Alor, Indonesia. July 2012.
Alor, Indonesia. July 2012.

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  Indonesia: Alor + Raja Ampat - July 2012

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  1. very beautiful pictures, there are some who really sacred trunks !!
    I can confirm that little Nemo is a real ringworm, I've been bitten several times by a little Nemo who didn't appreciate photographers!!!!

    1. I missed this post from 2008!
      I think the expression "reef kingpin" fits the poissson clown perfectly, ❗
      I had a good laugh watching Alimata's video and reading all the comments!!! 😀

  2. I agree with these metaphysical reflections! I've surprised myself several times by recounting how I've had a real love affair with this or that fish, finding a baby globe (a juvenile box fish to be precise) so cute that I cringe every time I look at the photo, smiling tenderly at the "look" and mischievous eyes of this hawkfish .... And that's without counting the mantis shrimps, with whom playing hide-and-seek is a real pleasure ... I rediscover a child's soul and find myself imagining dialogues and scenarios for these always unforeseen encounters that make diving such a constantly renewed source of wonder. That's what I love about underwater photography too .... 😀

  3. I don't really think they're aggressive, it's just that they're wondering what that big thing is! Otherwise, it's clear that they have very ugly faces!

  4. I like the title of your article, you put your foot in it 😆
    Yeah, clownfish are ugly, all right, and cats are nothing but wankers.
    I hope that next time, you'll give the lady fish a run for their money... 😀
    Signed: the CCPC (Committee Against Clown Fish) 😉

    1. @Ludovic/Wet&Sea: oui, y’en a marre de cet attendrissement béat et un peu niais devant les nemos. Il fallait rétablir la vérité.
      Long live the CCPC !!!
      😆

  5. Except that your article and your photos are great, I wondered what plugin you use to display your photos in WordPress? Thank you

    1. @An endless summer: thank you!!! 🙂 The plugin I use is one of the many "lightbox" or "shadowbox" that exist for WordPress. The one I have installed is Shadowbox JS.

      Otherwise, for gallery images, WordPress does it all by itself.
      🙄

  6. The worst kind of clownfish is the black-and-white "panda", which continues to attack you several meters away from its anemore refuge when you're not even interested in it anymore. I had a good laugh underwater, watching my partner struggle with these famous kung-fu pandas, hihihi!
    I love the open mouth of the frogfish, the fluorescent ribbon moray eel and the tentacles of the cuttlefish. Bravo Corinne!

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