Secretary blenny (Acanthemblemaria maria). Blennies take up residence in tiny abandoned holes in coral. Most secretive, they spend most of their time hiding inside or cautiously venturing to the opening of their coral home. They are tiny usually less than 8 cm. long. Bonaire
I saw this blenny dart into a small hole in the coral head. Slowly I approached and sat my camera’s down on the ocean floor, slowed my breath and waited. Over the next forty minutes I mainly did nothing but watched and waited. The blenny would peak it’s head out of the hole and dart back inside. I kept repeating the same idea over and over in my mind…” I don’t want to hurt you, you’re wonderful, I just want to make a picture”. The blenny started to stay out longer. Gently I picked up my camera waited for the blenny to come out and stay, when it did I made one exposure, the one you’re looking at.
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