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For those who have never seen one, a baitball is where a school of small fish form a tightly packed school as a defense against predators. It is very pretty, because the fish are often silvery, and thus there is a constant flickering in the light. As the predators (a couple of small tarpon in this case) close in, the baitball adjusts itself to swarm away from the predator, or open up to flow around the predator. The poor hungry predator cannot quite catch up to the individual fish, and cannot easily separate one tasty morsel from another and thus cannot quite snatch one up.

Nikon D700
1/200s f/16.0 at 14.0mm iso400 full exif

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Suzy Walker-Toye20-Apr-2010 10:13
wow, this is stunning
Bill Warren01-Dec-2009 14:02
Congratulations Peter you are the winner of the Show and Tell Frame within a frame contest. All 3 of your shots were strong examples.

Please look at the "closed" thread I started about running the contest. The pBase auto feature worked to start it but not close it. Since my contest is still not closed by pBase, You may have to start the new one manually if you do not see the "New Contest" button when you click on the main 140th contest thread. Hope this is not too confusing. So wish that pBase would get its act together about supporting the website.

Bill Warren
elle25-Nov-2009 20:43
Love the composition and the lone synecdochic fish in front of the baitball.
Guest 17-Nov-2009 22:36
Nice wide angle~V
Brad Claypole17-Nov-2009 22:05
Great site for sure - thanks for sharing
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