Canon camera, dual inon strobes, +6 wet lens
6 meters (20 feet at depth) during day dive
There are dives when the visibility is not that great and you cannot find a lot to take photos of. Then you find something rare and it makes the dive worth it. This was one of those dives. I was diving for about 30 minutes with low visibility. The water was all churned up from storms. Rain water off the island had made the water murky. Taking photos from a distance was not an option. I had to find a macro shot to close down the working distance from the camera to the subject. I decided I wanted to take another route than I normally do and I noticed something hovering over a piece of hard coral. As I got close, I noticed this was a juvenile cuttlefish. This tiny cuttlefish was perfect for these conditions. This cuttlefish was about 4 inches long and felt secure on top, of this one piece of coral. This was the first and last juvenile I had ever seen. I have seen newborns and full-sized adults but I never saw a juvenile. You could tell the cuttlefish was nervous and did not know what to make of me. Once he saw I was not a threat and just wanted to take pictures, he let down his guard and I was able to spend about 40 minutes with him. He had great color and was very healthy. I tried to get him to hover higher off the coral so I could get a black background with just water surrounding him. He was very photogenic. That was the only subject I saw that dive. A one of a kind, that I never saw again.
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