Pic of the Day – Male Sheephead
Male sheephead – Semicossyphus pulcher
A funny fish face quickie for a Friday. I am currently beavering away on another photo feature for Sport Diver – this one will be all about diving in California. It has been keeping me busy, rifling through archived files, trying to find a nice broad representation of the wonderful features of this great diving.
This is a male sheephead, aka Bucky, captured (with the camera) at Anacapa Island, in the beautiful Channel Islands of California. These are big fish – this guy was about two feet long. He was surprisingly curious about us divers, and allowed us to approach quite close to him. He seemed to be interested in admiring his reflection in my dome port – this image was shot with a wide angle lens, and he was perhaps about a foot from my camera.
Sheephead are part of the Wrasse family. These fish are all born female, and according to social demand, may sex change as they mature.
About Judy G Diver
Born and raised on the west coast of Canada, I have always felt a strong connection to the sea. But for many years, I stayed on the surface, afraid of what lurked down deep. When I was in my early 30's, with three young children (aka the P's), my husband (aka Mr G) signed us up for a SCUBA certification course, as a surprise. Although I had my fears, my stubbornness prevailed, and somehow I made it through four murky, frigid, cold water dives in Vancouver to successfully pass the course. Soon after we went diving off the west coast of Mexico, in the Sea of Cortez, where my eyes were opened to the beauty and other-worldliness of the life down under.
And the rest, as they say, is history.
I currently have well over 2000 dives under the belt, and I have been fortunate to travel extensively in Asia, Australia, Fiji, Galapagos, Costa Rica, California, the Caribbean, Mexico and here in British Columbia.
After shooting hefty DSLRs for many years, I just switched over to a groovy Olympus Micro Four Thirds camera, in a Nauticam housing, with dual Sea & Sea strobes and a bag full of lenses. In addition to this blog and my personal website (Awoosh.com/Directory), which is linked at the top of the blog, my stuff has been widely published in a variety of magazines and websites, including an ongoing regular monthly feature on Scubadiving.com. All links to this work can be found in this blog.