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22-DEC-2009 Jojie F. Alcantara

Diana (Opah) catch in GenSan

General Santos City, Philippines

Photography by Jojie Alcantara

Taken early Christmas dawn in General Santos City, when fishermen caught this 74-kilo Moonfish, or Opah, a very expensive delicacy in countries like Hawaii. In the Philippines, it is called "Diana". I was told by the fishermen that it was a lucky day for me because it's not often (every 15 days or so only) that they have caught two "Dianas" in one day.

Opah or moonfish (Lampris regius) is one of the most colorful of the commercial fish species available in Hawaii. A silvery-grey upper body color shades to a rose red dotted with white spots toward the belly. Its fins are crimson, and its large eyes are encircled with gold. The moonfish's large, round profile may be the origin of its name. Moonfish landed in Hawaii range from 60 to over 200 pounds in round weight. A pelagic wandering species, it is often found in the company of tunas and billfish.

In Hawaii, the Opah was viewed as a good luck fish by old-time longline fishermen, who would give it away as a gesture of goodwill rather than sell it.

Canon EOS 5D
1/320s f/4.5 at 15.0mm iso1600 full exif

other sizes: small medium original auto
Terry Bowker20-May-2011 23:56
Wonderful image!
cRiszy.. 22-Jan-2011 02:42
d' best ang gensan bsta tuna...!!!yumMyy...
Janis von Heyking05-Jan-2010 21:08
Great shot :-)!!!
Derek M John05-Jan-2010 17:32
Nice shot...the fishermen have their work cut out.
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