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School Romance
Photograph by Paul Nicklen

Just before dusk, a school of hundreds of black jack, each about two feet (half-a-meter) long, prepare to spawn in the darkening waters. Scientists think males turn black to attract females to mate. "You see this species in a lot of other places across the Indian and Pacific Oceans," notes Jerry Allen, a coral reef fish specialist, "but usually not in such tremendous concentrations as what we found in the Phoenix Islands."

Photo Fast Facts

Camera: Nikon F4 in Nexus housing
Film Type: Ektachrome 100
Lens: Nikon 20mm f/2.8
Speed and F-Stop: 1/8 @ f/16
Weather Conditions: Wet and warm
Time of Day: Late in the day
Lighting Techniques: Two strobes to stop motion


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