Alex Mustard - The Good Father

Alex Mustard - The Good Father

Male yellow-headed jawfish care for their eggs by mouth brooding them until they are ready to hatch, retreating back into their burrows should danger approach. When incubating a clutch of eggs, the male will periodically spit them out slightly and churn them to aerate the eggs, which is what is happening here.

I used a longer lens than I normally would for underwater photography to get an image of the male free swimming with the eggs. Some people do not believe that they will churn their eggs while free swimming because most photos show the males with eggs when they have half retreated back inside their burrows.

Location: Cayman Islands, Caribbean Sea.

Posted on 13.10.2012
Photo info - 06.09.2012: NIKON D7000, 210 mm, ISO 200, f 18, 1/320 sec, flash: fired
Tags: Alex Mustard Cayman Islands headed jawfish mouth brooding Opistognathus aurifrons reproduction underwater yellow wildlife photography
Alex Mustard - The Good Father

Alex Mustard - The Good Father

Male yellow-headed jawfish care for their eggs by mouth brooding them until they are ready to hatch, retreating back into their burrows should danger approach. When incubating a clutch of eggs, the male will periodically spit them out slightly and churn them to aerate the eggs, which is what is happening here.

I used a longer lens than I normally would for underwater photography to get an image of the male free swimming with the eggs. Some people do not believe that they will churn their eggs while free swimming because most photos show the males with eggs when they have half retreated back inside their burrows.

Location: Cayman Islands, Caribbean Sea.

Posted on 13.10.2012
Photo info - 06.09.2012: NIKON D7000, 210 mm, ISO 200, f 18, 1/320 sec, flash: fired
Tags: Alex Mustard Cayman Islands headed jawfish mouth brooding Opistognathus aurifrons reproduction underwater yellow wildlife photography