Some religious and/or cultural groups say you must have Fish On Friday
so I thought it appropriate to upload this set from Spain today. There will be more on another Friday as I took loads
of pictures of these enchanting creatures.
They were all taken at Moraira Marina where the water is clearer than any other marina we have visited. Here you are allowed to feed the fish and as a result the fish gather, often very close to the surface, wherever they see bread machines (humans.) I love the way that the fish very close to the surface appear quite normal and the further down they are, the more distortion you get.
The lady at Meson El Refugio where we had lunch provided us with a carrier bag of bread when she became aware that I had been taking photographs of the fish, so we had lots of fun causing a feeding frenzy in the water as shown in some of the shots.
Where the small fish gather they are rapidly followed by the star of V's 1, 4, 8, 11 & 13, The European Barracuda
(Sphyraena Sphyraena). This most elegant of predators has a mesmerisingly economical, beautiful and swift motion so is not the easiest creature to capture. One of them was remarkably willing to pass back and forth for the benefit of the camera though.
The smaller fish scatter in front of the Barracuda, the cleverer ones follow it's tail end, but adult Harbour Mullet seem completely un-phased by it as in V11, probably aware that they are too large to be prey.
Anyway, thank you for looking and I hope you enjoy at least some of these images. I have included a couple of 'painted' versions at the end, just for fun!
N.B. V13 doesn't view properly large so you have to view it 'normal. '
I obviously did something wrong when uploading. C'est la vie!
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