Two Smooth Trunkfish, Lactophrys triqueter

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Two face-to-face smooth trunkfish at night. Lactophrys triqueter. Curacao, Netherlands Antilles. Unaltered/Uncontrolled. Digital Photo (horizontal). Model Release: Not Applicable.Good morning amigos, how is your week treating you? Our submersible just took off into the deep abyss with two guests from the States and won’t be back for at least an hour giving me a little time to post a blog.

I have two cute as can be, fun loving, Smooth Trunkfish for you all today that I found on a night dive chilling out inside a little sandy bottomed cave. Both of these oddly-shaped swimmers were around four inches in length and really didn’t move around much while I was photographing them. As you can see, the water was crystal clear – in fact, it was crazy clear on this particular dive, making my job a whole easier and much more fun. The smooth trunkfish is normally solitary but sometimes moves around in small groups. It uses its protuberant lips to expel a jet of water which disturbs the sandy seabed and reveals any shallowly buried benthic invertebrates. It feeds on small molluscs, polychaete worms, acorn worms, peanut worms, small crustaceans, sponges and tunicates.

Have a great day my friends, the sub is returning…
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