1st Place Novice DSLR Ocean Art 2015 Irene Middleton

1st Place, Novice DSLR

Irene Middleton

"Panic Puffer School"


Irene won a 7-night dive package in Fiji with VoliVoli Beach Resort!


The story:  Every summer schools of Starry Toado Pufferfish (Arothron firmamentum) start appearing at the Poor Knights Islands, off Northern New Zealand. Normally found in Pelagic waters, strong easterly winds blow the pufferfish into the marine reserve islands where they often survive for less than a few hours. The marine reserve offers a safe haven to many fishes but the thriving population of  Jacks and Bream make short work of this exotic delicacy. As soon as divers enter the water the schools of puffers race over to seek shelter which is what they were doing when I snapped off this shot. Soon after I left the water about half of them had been devoured.

Location:  Maroro Bay, Poor Knights Island Marine Reserve, Northland New Zealand

Camera:  Nikon D300, Sealux housing, Tokina 10-17mm Fisheye lens, Ikelite D125 strobe and DS50 on slave.



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