Angel Fitor - Emperor charge
A ninety centimetre pack of pure muscle charges towards the dome of my camera in the emerald waters of lake Tanganyika.
Boulengerochromis microlepis, the Emperor cichlid, is regarded as the largest cichlid known. They are pelagic fishes that spend most of their lives shoaling off shore in the second deepest lake on Earth (-1470 m.). Somehow they make the bluefin tunas of the lake. Scientists believe they breed once in a lifetime, and when they do it, males become colourful beasts that don’t hesitate pushing anything away their nesting domains.
This particularly stunning male gave me two presents: a handful of dramatic images, and a 1.000$ dome port paperweight.
*An Image from the book “Tanganyika, Africa´s Inland Sea”
Location: Lake Tanganyika, Zambia
Tags: Angel Fitor, behaviour, cichlid, fish, Tanganyika