THE BIG GUYS OF SIPADAN

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The reefs off the island of Sipadan are lush with fish and particularly schooling fish like these adult Bat Fish. With patience, it is fairly easy to join the school.

Taken with Nexus housed F4 on Velvia Film
Nikor 20mm lens and Subtronic Gamma Strobe
1/60sec F8 with strobe set to manual 1/4 power

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Bumphead Parrot Fish often seen in schools of 5-10 and are amazingly graceful for their size and configuration.

Taken with Nexus housed F4 on Velvia Film
70-180 Zoom lens in natural light.
1/60 F 5.6

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Sharks are frequently spotted off Sipadan and there is a channel near Barracuda Point where they can be found sleeping and being cleaned.

Taken with Nexus housed F4 on Velvia Film
70-180 Zoom lens with Subtronic Gamma and S&S YS30 TTL Slave strobes

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Aside from "How deep do you dive?", the most common question we are asked by nondivers is: "Aren't you afraid of the sharks?  Actually the critter I fear most is the Titan trigger seen here.  When nesting, they can attack without warning and take out quite a chunk.   On this trip, several people were attacked.

Taken with Nexus housed F4 on Velvia Film
70-180 Zoom lens with Subtronic Gamma and S&S YS30 TTL Slave strobes

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Phillip Slosberg.
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