October 1, 2011 · Uncategorized

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I had the opportunity to work with my good friend Dr. Jose Torres on the Gulf of Mexico again. We spent a few days deep water trawling and I am posting some of the photographic results here. I hope you enjoy them…

The trip started off with an amazing red moon rising up over the warm waters of the gulf.

The trip started off with an amazing red moon rising up over the warm waters of the gulf.

A Dragonfish (Aristostomias)

A Dragonfish (Malacosteus)

The Dragonfish (Aristostomias)

The Dragonfish (Malacosteus)

A Dragonfish (Neostomias cf filifer)

A Dragonfish (Neostomias cf filifer)

A Dragonfish (Astronesthes macropogon)

A Dragonfish (Astronesthes macropogon)

A Dragonfish (Astronesthes macropogon)

A Dragonfish (Astronesthes macropogon)

Dragonfish (Eustomias schmidti)

Dragonfish (Eustomias schmidti)

Dragonfish (Eustomias schmidti)

Dragonfish (Eustomias schmidti)

Dragonfish (Leptostomias bermudensis)

Dragonfish (Leptostomias bermudensis)

A Dragonfish (Stomias affinis)

A Dragonfish (Stomias affinis)

A Dragonfish (Stomias affinis)

A Dragonfish (Stomias affinis)

A Viperfish (Chauliodus sloani)

A Viperfish (Chauliodus sloani)

One of my all time favorites, the Fangtooth (Anoplogaster cornuta)

One of my all time favorites, the Fangtooth (Anoplogaster cornuta)

Fangtooth, Anoplogaster cornuta No1, 750 meters, GOM September 2011 LR-C

Fangtooth, Anoplogaster cornuta No3, 750 meters, GOM September 2011 LR-CFangtooth, Anoplogaster cornuta No4, 750 meters, GOM September 2011 LR-C

The Fangtooth has larger teeth, relative to body size, than anything else in the animal kingdom.

The Fangtooth has larger teeth, relative to body size, than anything else in the animal kingdom.

The Ghostly Seadevil (Haplophryne mollis)

The Ghostly Seadevil (Haplophryne mollis)

Ghostly Seadevil, Haplophryne mollis No2, 1200 meters, GOM September 2011 LR-C

The lure on this anglerfish has a short "rod" attaching it to the fish...so the glowing bulb sits on the face of the fish.

The lure on this anglerfish has a short "rod" attaching it to the fish...so the glowing bulb sits on the face of the fish.

A male anglerfish (Haplophryne)

A male anglerfish (Haplophryne)

The Whipnose Seadevil (Gigantactis)

The Whipnose Seadevil (Gigantactis)

The long "rod" or illicium extends from the head of the anglerfish.  The bioluminescent "lure" or esca is attached to the end of the illicium.

The long "rod" or illicium extends from the head of the anglerfish. The bioluminescent "lure" or esca is attached to the end of the illicium.

An Avocet Eel (Avocettina infans)

An Avocet Eel (Avocettina infans)

A Snipe Eel (family Nemichthyidae)

A Snipe Eel (family Nemichthyidae)

Snipe Eel, Image No5, 700 meters, GOM September 2011

Hatchetfish (Argyropelecus gigas)

Hatchetfish (Argyropelecus gigas)

Hatchetfish, Argyropelecus gigas No5, 800 meters, GOM September 2011 LR-C

The ventral photophores of Argyropelecus gigas.

The ventral photophores of Argyropelecus gigas.

The lateral pattern of Argyropelecus gigas.

The lateral pattern of Argyropelecus gigas.

Google-eye (Xenophthalmichthys danae)

Google-eye (Xenophthalmichthys danae)

Spookfish (Dolichopteryx longipes)

Spookfish (Dolichopteryx longipes)

Spookfish, Dolichopteryx longipes No1, 900 meters, GOM September 2011 LR-C

Tripod Fish (Bathypterois cf viridensis)

Tripod Fish (Bathypterois cf viridensis)

Tripod Fish, Bathypterois cf viridensis No3, juvenile, 900 meters, GOM September 2011 LR-C

Lanternfish (Diaphus effulgens)

Lanternfish (Diaphus effulgens)

A juvenile Flying Fish

A juvenile Flying Fish

A mesopelagic squid (Pyroteuthis margaritifera)

A mesopelagic squid (Pyroteuthis margaritifera)

Pyroteuthis margaritifera No2, 500 meters, GOM September 2011  LR-C

A pelagic snail (Cavolinia tridentata)

A pelagic snail (Cavolinia tridentata)

A mysid shrimp instar

A mysid shrimp instar

mesopelagic amphipod

mesopelagic amphipod

mesopelagic amphipod

mesopelagic amphipod

Larval Blind Lobster

Larval Blind Lobster

Larval Crab - Megalops

Larval Crab - Megalops

Larval Lobster

Larval Lobster

More to come…

Written by Dante


6 comments on “More Time on the Gulf of Mexico”

  1. Janice Nunez:

    OMG way cool. I’ve never seen shots of deep sea fish like this. Prints available?


  2. Jasper:

    How are you getting shots of deep sea fish like this? Are you working in a sub?>
    JPL


  3. Jeanna:

    Hello, Would it be possible to use your Diaphus effulgens picture in my thesis defense presentation on lanternfish diet? Thank you and great pictures!


  4. Juan Castillo:

    These shots are incredible! This is your best stuff Dante.
    Juan


  5. Dante:

    Thank you Juan!


  6. Nathan:

    This may not be the appropriate place to ask, but I was actually wondering if I could inquire about getting your permission to use some of your photos. It’s not for anything special per sé, I just like to post educational articles on my Facebook page about various animals. Typically I just snag a few pictures off of Google and put them up alongside whatever I can write, but upon wanting to write about a couple personal favorite fish (Malacosteus and Melanostomias) of mine I found your photos. They’re incredible and they’re also just about the only ones where those particular genus are not dead and mutilated. I don’t gain anything from this, as it’s just something I do for fun more or less, but I also don’t want to step on your toes at all as you do ask people to get written permission. So, may I?


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