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Baggersee Staffort
Germany

Fishes feeding. Part 19 of my DVD, "Reef Life of the Andaman", available at http://www.bubblevision.com/marine-life-DVD.htm

In this video we look at ways that fish hunt and feed, mostly by collaborating in schools. At Richelieu Rock we first see a rhizostome jellyfish, Versuriga anadyomene, under attack from a scrawled filefish at Richelieu Rock in Thailand and then see a school of streaked spinefoots (Java rabbitfish, Siganus javus) preying on a jellyfish as rainbow runners, Elagatis bipinnulata, dart by.

We then encounter streaked spinefoots joining Singapore parrotfish, Scarus prasiognathus, feeding on algae on the coral reef at Staghorn Reef on Racha Yai near Phuket, and a school of blue-barred parrotfish, Scarus ghobban, feeding at Koh Bon.

At East of Eden in the Similan Islands, we find different types of fish collaborating in their hunt for prey. Goldsaddle goatfish (Parupeneus cyclostomus), bluefin trevally (Caranx melampygus) and smalltooth emperors (Lethrinus microdon) make a spectacular sight as they gang up in their hunt for small fishes.

Fringelip mullet, Crenimugil crenilabis, are occasionally spotted in a school at Racha Noi, feeding by filtering organic matter from the sand.

At Koh Tachai, north of the Similan Islands, we see a variety of tropical fish that would do any aquarium proud, all gathered around a titan triggerfish, Balistoides viridescens, as it feeds.

We then meet the blackspotted puffer, Arothron nigropunctatus, standing by at another feeding frenzy at Anemone Reef, then feeding alone at Richelieu Rock.

Finally we encounter a yellow trumpetfish, Aulostomus chinensis, firstly "riding" above a porcupinefish, and then hiding within a school of yellowfin goatfish so that it can more easily approach its prey.

The full narration is available as English, German or Spanish subtitles by turning on the closed captions (CC). There are also closed captions available showing scientific and common names of the marine life in English, German or Dutch, along with dive site names.

"Reef Life of the Andaman" is being serialised weekly on YouTube. Please subscribe to my channel to receive notifications of new episodes as I release them. The series features descriptions of 213 different marine species including more than 100 tropical fish, along with sharks, rays, moray eels, crabs, lobsters, shrimps, sea slugs, cuttlefish, squid, octopus, turtles, sea snakes, starfish, sea cucumbers, corals, worms etc..

I have more scuba diving videos and underwater footage on my website at:
http://www.bubblevision.com

I post updates about my videos, and interesting underwater videos from other filmmakers here:
http://www.facebook.com/bubblevision
http://www.twitter.com/nicholashope

The video was shot by Nick Hope with a Sony VX2000 DV camera in a Gates housing. It was edited in Sony Vegas Pro then deinterlaced with QTGMC and upscaled to 720p HD in AviSynth.

Thanks to Santana Diving of Phuket (http://www.santanaphuket.com), to Elfi and Uli Erfort for help with the German translation, and to Frank Nelissen for the Dutch subtitles.

Full list of marine life and dive sites featured in this video:

00:00 Rhizostome Jellyfish, Versuriga anadyomene, Richelieu Rock
00:06 Australian Spotted Jellyfish, Phyllorhiza punctata, Staghorn Reef, Racha Yai
00:13 Streaked Spinefoot, Siganus javus, Richelieu Rock
00:29 Singapore Parrotfish, Scarus prasiognathus, Staghorn Reef, Racha Yai
00:45 Blue-barred Parrotfish, Scarus ghobban, Koh Bon
00:59 Goldsaddle Goatfish, Parupeneus cyclostomus, East of Eden
01:07 Bluefin Trevally, Caranx melampygus, East of Eden
01:27 Smalltooth Emperor, Lethrinus microdon, East of Eden
01:31 Smalltooth Emperor, Lethrinus microdon, Shark Point
01:49 Fringelip Mullet, Crenimugil crenilabis, South Reef, Racha Noi
02:07 Titan Triggerfish, Balistoides viridescens, East of Eden
02:26 Koh Tachai
02:51 Anemone Reef
03:11 Blackspotted Puffer, Arothron nigropunctatus, Anemone Reef
03:27 Blackspotted Puffer, Arothron nigropunctatus, Richelieu Rock
03:46 Trumpetfish, Aulostomus chinensis, Lucy's Reef, Racha Yai
04:04 Trumpetfish, Aulostomus chinensis, Tuna Wreck
04:23 Banded Sea Krait, Laticauda colubrina, Shark Cave 04:55

East of Eden
Thailand


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