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Dive at 5 Graves

Discussion in 'Hawai'i' started by makomike, Dec 14, 2007.

  1. makomike

    makomike Instructor, Scuba

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    Location: Lafayette, Indiana, United States
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    Another instructor and I dove 5 Graves today. Very good conditions with 50' vis at the end of the fingers. Greg was working on his photo skills and I was a spotter. Greg is still learning, but came out with some good shots.

    Wanted to post these pictures. I watched this scene for about 10 minutes. I thought it was so cool. Where ever the porcupine turned the trumpet was always there taking cover underneath. also saw 3 octo, baby frogfish, several large Ulua, and a school of 30 plus Heller Baracuda.

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  2. MauiScubaSteve

    MauiScubaSteve Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Olowalu, Maui
    4,766
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    That's different, I've seen the trumpets following goatfish and other foraging predators but that one looks to just be hiding.
     
  3. makomike

    makomike Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives:
    Location: Lafayette, Indiana, United States
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    definitely WAS hiding. It was hiding like that likely before it seen me. i saw the behavior about 40 ft away and approached behind some rock. Viewed it for a few minutes from cover then viewed it out in open. the porcupine couldnt care less we were there untill greg started to get close for a shot.

    very unusual and i found it very amusing. i started laughing.

    aloha
     
  4. diverrick

    diverrick Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: nor cal, Vacaville
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    Those porcupine fish have the COOLEST eyes. The trumpet fish will attempt to mimick anything near by from what I have seen. They don't seen too picky if its alive or not. They will lay up against a ships side as well. any thing that they can blend into. Cool shots though.
     
  5. Charlie99

    Charlie99 Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Silicon Valley, CA / New Bedford, MA / Kihei, Maui
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    Rather than hiding, the trumpetfish was probably shadow feeding. In other words, it was trying to sneak up on something that isn't eaten by puffers. The trick is that the trumpetfish prey just sees the puffer, lets down their guard, and then the trumpet gets a meal.

    I had trumpetfish use me in the same way, staying right under my shoulder for a minute or two.
     

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