The adult Terminal Phase sweetlips in this photo has now reached the peak of both size and color. The adult looks and behaves completely different than that of the juvenile in the previous photo. Congregating together under coral heads or on wrecks, sweetlips make for really beautiful photographs, and as you make a slow approach they will allow you to get a few photos before spooking.
Many Spotted Sweetlips are often called Harlequin Sweetlips (Plechtorhinchus chaetodonoides) and have brilliant coloration with spots and a pattern speculated to mimic a poisonous flatworm, but while their colors are eye popping, it’s their erratic movements that catch a diver’s eye.
When it comes to shooting underwater, the less intrusive the better. Which is why a rebreather proves to be a valuable piece of scuba gear when it comes to getting the shot. Here, Pompano Dive Center photo pro Craig Dietrich shares his "silent diving" experiences.