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Fish On Friday

By LynneJoyce  
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!

Tags: Documentary Wildlife and nature

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CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
23 May 2014 3:13PM
A wonderful set of images, Lynne, bet some of them taste delicious Wink Carol

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23 May 2014 3:13PM
What a fabulous fishy Friday fifteen this is, Lynne!

rayme330 6 17 1 United Kingdom
23 May 2014 3:18PM
Another tour de force, Lynne. Love the presentation.

TrevBatWCC Plus
9 12 12 England
23 May 2014 3:39PM
I'll have V1 with chips...and scraps, Lynne! Wink Actually, I've just had my weekly dose of fish 'n' chips uptown in Wetherspoons SmileSmile Great shoal of images Wink
Trev Smile
NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
23 May 2014 3:55PM
I can't recall ever seeing an aquatic mix of images of the site before so they come as they come with much a surprise and much wonder. I have enjoyed the set wonderfully with image 15 being my particular favourite Lynne. Thanks for sharing something very different and so very good.

Regards NathanGrinGrinGrin
mikbee 11 3 8 Scotland
23 May 2014 4:30PM
I am not too keen on fish Lynne,unless it comes from the chippie wrapped in newspaper.
And whatever happened to the good old fashioned chippie ?
Nowadays they all sell kebabs.If I wanted a kebab I would go to Israel.
I hear they actually live in Kebab compounds where they must eat them all the time !!
Another fine set from you.
Lillian Plus
8 22 17 United Kingdom
23 May 2014 4:38PM
thankfully don't have to eat fish on a Friday..not to my liking
but a good set here Lynne, liking the colours in V14
and the movement of the water as well in the others
capto Plus
6 5.2k 8 United Kingdom
23 May 2014 4:49PM
A fascinating set of a subject not seen to often, mores the pity.Smile

ade123 Plus
5 285 1 United Kingdom
23 May 2014 5:47PM
A fantastic collection Lynne beautiful presentation
( I am partial to a nice piece of steamed Haddock on a fridayGrin)

23 May 2014 6:33PM
A fish in sight considered as auspicious in special occasions like marriage etc in Bengal. My order of liking's are 1,6,8,11,12 & 15.
23 May 2014 6:42PM
A very relaxing set Lynne, and very suitable for a Friday eve,.

John Smile
pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2015 United Kingdom
23 May 2014 7:26PM
I find myself liking them ALL, Lynne, an unusual subject that you've presented so well.
Vs 3, 8, 11, 14 and l5 are of the same ilk, and attract me very much, but I particularly like the colours in V3.
A superb set of images.

9 10 10 England
23 May 2014 11:10PM
Well they are all so good Lynne but V3 is the one for me.
GarrathE 9 4 United Kingdom
23 May 2014 11:20PM
All of them capture the moments wonderfully. It was the way that Barry suddenly shot forward with an amazing acceleration from his easy, nay lazy, glide if there was half a chance of catching his dinner that impressed me most. Great set.
Irishkate Plus
7 41 114 United Kingdom
24 May 2014 12:43AM
What a wonderful set of a subject most of couldn't tackle if you'll pardon the pun!
I love the 'sea' colours and your presentation is never less than perfect.
V1, 3, 6 and 8 are my favourites.
Kate GrinGrinGrin
24 May 2014 7:28AM
Love this set, Lynne, your images perfectly display the fun that can be had in many Spanish marinas...
With the exception that not all marinas have a population of "Barry's".
This predator of other fish looks magnificent; built for speed through the water and the "Jaws" of marina life.
Thoroughly enjoyed this set, well done.

mistere Plus
4 4 3 England
24 May 2014 8:22AM
Excellent set Lynne, how convenient for the Barracuda,

CaroleS Plus
8 433 3 United Kingdom
24 May 2014 9:28AM
We don't see many fish shots on site, probably because the water is such a challenge.
A very good set!
Bantu 4 7 1 India
24 May 2014 1:41PM
Fantastic,Lynne we also learn a lot from your captures.

barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
24 May 2014 5:49PM
What a fabulous and interesting set.
Funny but they dont look like real fish that we know....
I used to live on a boat and these are the fish that came around nibbling out bottom.
Long and Lean
LynneJoyce Plus
9 20 99 United Kingdom
24 May 2014 6:33PM
They were real Barbara, honest, and the non carnivores ate a whole carrier bag full of stale bread.
morpheus1955 11 3 2 United Kingdom
24 May 2014 6:53PM
Fantastic series of images

gajewski Plus
13 10 9 United States
25 May 2014 8:49AM
I particularly like the light in V3 and V8.
bobsblues 8 10 2 United Kingdom
25 May 2014 9:22AM
Amazing set Lynne not easy to photograph through water but you done a tremendous job love the series .
Brian65 9 2 United Kingdom
26 May 2014 3:32PM
What a wonderful set Lynne, hope you didn't fall in getting them.SmileSmile
xwang 9 56 8
26 May 2014 11:21PM
I see, you went to "Fishing"...., I would enjoy this kind of the fishing as well...Grin
Beautifully presented and taken images, the light and colour are wonderful. I quite like the painted one, the colours of the fish are better than in reality... added on some artistic and imaginative approach.
Some great captures in this difficult subject. I like V1 very much. Well done Lynne.
annettep38 Plus
6 218 40 Costa Rica
27 May 2014 7:13PM
I must be a very orthodox person because I can have fish any day of the week, actually there is some in my pan right now.
So your series is beautiful and really mouth watering Smile
Which reminds of visiting an Aquarium with my first husband, we got some very scornful looks as we discussed the correct recipe for each one. It was a Mediterranean display, as beautiful as this.
agingrocker 9 14 1
27 May 2014 8:23PM
A super set Lynne, I particularly like the composition and colours in v3.
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
27 May 2014 9:40PM
V3 is the pick of this marvellous set Lynne, it's good to see that these are wild rather than aquarium ones which gives them extra kudos in my bookGrin
28 May 2014 9:36AM
Just all wonderful Lynne, all very well captured and presented.

nonur Plus
9 17 13 Turkey
29 May 2014 9:08AM
I love all sorts of fish in any form. This set is incredible, especially knowing that they were taken not in an aquarium but from above the surface. Amazing clarity in all. My favourites are V1 and V12.
ChiliMan 11 135 17 Singapore
29 May 2014 10:04AM
WOW. You've got some real stunners here, Lynne. Especially 1, 3, 4 and 8.

Barracudas are such cool fish and V1 is my favourite here 'cos of that. BUT, fishy bias aside, I would say V8 is my favourite...'cos it looks like they're floating!

jaktis 14 84 Sweden
30 May 2014 8:14AM
A lot of fishy things

30 May 2014 10:46PM
Amazing set. Love the painted Ones at the end. Cathy
31 May 2014 9:57AM
Fascinating set Lynne. A
Chinga Plus
7 3 1 United Kingdom
2 Jun 2014 6:04AM
Very interesting, eye catching and encompassing set! Grin
I must say I am also very impressed by all that lovely green water! Grin
V2 has great light and V3 great depth. Well done Lynne.
Ridgeway 11 222 2 Ireland
13 Jun 2014 11:22PM
Love number 15 for it's colour and depth.
When we were in Barcelona years back at one of the harbour walls there were fish going loopy for people giving them bread.It was like a swarm,
Great set,


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