Alex Mustard - The Hunt
A gang of bar jacks (Caranx ruber) dive into a school of silversides (Atherinidae) scattering them, as they hunt in a coral cavern. George Town, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, British West Indies. Caribbean Sea.
In the summer, in the Caribbean Sea, great schools of silversides gather in caves and caverns that run through the coral reef. They are thought to gather here for their protection and certainly there is safety in numbers. But such an aggregation of food seems irresistible to predators. These bar jacks were working the school all day, diving through the massed fish, hoping to separate a target. I used a long exposure to emphasise the movement.
Location: Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands
Tags: Alex Mustard, bar jacks, Caranx ruber, Cayman Islands, coral reef, silversides, underwater