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Eel-luminating Color
Photograph by David Doubilet


Gaze at the speckled skin of the starry moray eel and it might seem like the creation of an inspired graphic artist. The rest of the moray family, which scientists call Muraenidae, creates a similar impression. Imagine the vivid stripes of the zebra moray, the polka-dotted body of the whitemouth moray, and the black-spotted moray—its skin like a mosaic of tiny tiles, artfully arranged. But on a reef where so many fish come in such a dazzling array of colors and patterns, family Muraenidae is just keeping up with the Joneses.



Camera: Nikon F4
Film Type: Fujichrome Velvia
Lens: 105mm macro lens
Speed and F-Stop: 1/15 @ f/16
Weather Conditions: N/A
Time of Day: N/A
Lighting Techniques: 2 strobes





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