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Fishing New Caledonia Ilot Ua

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Fishing in New Caledonia is pretty exciting. Here a Giant Trevally, Carynx ignobilis, prepares to breakfast in a swarming school of sardines just off the fringing reef at Ilot Ua in New Caledonia's southern lagoon. There were several of these big fish - each about 60 or 70 cm long - patrolling the reef but they tended to hunt by themselves. I saw them from time to time, usually in deeper water, as I swam along the reef admiring the stunning display of corals and the whirling shoals of sardines.

Sardines know all about the fishing habits of the Giant Trevally. When the predator was really about to attack the sardines balled up, then created a "hole" around the Trevally. From the Trevally's viewpoint, it was inside a sphere of mirror images of it's prey and this seemed to confuse the menu. 

I think this Trevally came very close to me because the sardines had made a "hole" for me. Since I am not really a sardine predator (except for the canned variety) and because I had been fussing about, minding my own business, setting up and taking a sphere image in the same spot for about 10 minutes, the sardines were milling about without any particular formation.

Perhaps the Trevally thought that this offered a special opportunity. The big fish gave me quite a start. It came from behind me, very close to my head, and surprised the swarm of sardines.

Just after I took this photo, the GT ate on the run vanished into the blue.

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Imágenes cercanas en New Caledonia

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A: Ua Coral Reef Sphere New Caledonia

por Richard Chesher, 20 metros de distancia

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Ua Coral Reef Sphere New Caledonia

B: New Caledonia Underwater Photography and virtual reality coral reefs

por Richard Chesher, 50 metros de distancia

Underwater sphere images offer a whole new perspective for underwater scenic photography. After 40 ye...

New Caledonia Underwater Photography and virtual reality coral reefs

C: Diving spots New Caledonia Ua Reef

por Richard Chesher, 80 metros de distancia

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Diving spots New Caledonia Ua Reef

D: Sea and Sand at Ilot Ua New Caledonia

por Richard Chesher, 100 metros de distancia

Sunny skies, a white sandy beach with nobody in sight, clean, clear lagoon lapping gently around you....

Sea and Sand at Ilot Ua New Caledonia

E: Nearly "LOST" on ilôt Ua

por Gregory Panayotou, 260 metros de distancia

Nearly "LOST" on ilôt Ua

F: Seabirds New Caledonia, Noddy Terns

por Richard Chesher, 330 metros de distancia

The sea birds of New Caledonia are part of one of the most fascinating avifauna on the planet. Of the...

Seabirds New Caledonia, Noddy Terns

G: Dive Spots New Caledonia Lagoon

por Richard Chesher, 420 metros de distancia

Finding a great dive spot isn't easy. Even in the great south lagoon of New Caledonia where there are...

Dive Spots New Caledonia Lagoon

H: Sea Eagles Nesting at Ilot Ua New Caledonia

por Richard Chesher, 420 metros de distancia

About half way along the eastern beach on Ilot Ua two sea eagles (Pandion haliaetus) have built an el...

Sea Eagles Nesting at Ilot Ua New Caledonia

I: Ua Island

por Gregory Panayotou, 470 metros de distancia

If you look carefuly, you'll see the New Caledonian emblematic  highly venomous  banded sea snake (Tr...

Ua Island

J: Ua Coral Reef New Caledonia

por Richard Chesher, 500 metros de distancia

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Ua Coral Reef New Caledonia

Este panorama fue tomado en New Caledonia

Esta es una vista general de New Caledonia

New Caledonia is the closest South Pacific Island to Australia and New Zealand. It is a French Territory and although the official language is French the culture is a blend of Melanesian, European, Polynesian, Vietnamese, Chinese, Indonesian, and more. There is one large mountainous island called Grande Terre and 6 smaller islands - the three Loyalty Islands, Belep and the Isle of Pines.

The islands are remarkably unpopulated and there are vast areas of wilderness. There are hundreds of kilometers of walking treks, camp grounds, more than 42 parks and reserves, and crystal clear rivers with sparkling waterfalls. Almost one third of the population is located in the capital city of Noumea. Nickel mining is the primary industry and is the major contributor to the high standard of living in the country. Grande Terre is surrounded by the second largest barrier reef in the world and the protected lagoon created by this barrier reef is the largest in the world. Listed as a World Heritage Site in 2008, the lagoon is 24,000 square kilometers and supports a diverse and luxuriant fauna of fish and invertebrates.

The vibrant, clear and rich colors are one of the first things that visitors notice when they arrive. Noumea has a complete range of hotels, resorts, restaurants, and activities to welcome visitors.

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