It was a HOT sunny morning at the Blue Heron Bridge. I was extremely lucky to find not one, but two Sargassum Frogfish at the beach wall where we gear up. The first very small one was free swimming in a foot or two of water trying to escape being washed ashore with the sargassum seaweed. Anne collected it in a cup, then we got in the water and tried to photograph it before releasing it on a floating raft of seaweed in deeper water. The second very large one was found at the end of the dive in the same area sitting on top of a small clump of seaweed.
Photographing creatures in seaweed in the surge at the beach is NOT an easy task. A 60 macro lens would have been a much better choice than the 100 macro lens I was using. It would have allowed me to get closer, reducing the amount of murky water between subject and lens, and possibly increasing the chance of a good shot. Oh well, next time.
As exciting as the frogfish were, I can’t forget the stunning, lime green juvenile Buffalo Trunkfish that Anne showed me. Thanks Anne.