Nightmare on Kelp Street

It’s night time and you are cruising down Kelp Street looking for a tasty morsel or two. There are no street lamps on the sandy bottom making the ocean floor extra dark. Here the darkness is your friend keeping you safe from monsters. Or is it?

A little confused you create some illumination and … welcome to your worst nightmare. At least you would be if you were small fish and in less than 1/100th of a second later you’d have become the monster’s dinner instead.

To me however this monster under Edithburgh Jetty, the amazing Tasseled Anglerfish (Rhycherus filamentosus), is simply beautiful and I get a thrill every time I find one.

Photo: Robert Rath, ‘Nightmare on Kelp Street’, 1/160s f/18 ISO320 100mm

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