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Bottom Feeders
Photograph by Emory Kristof and R. Michael Cole

It's not vanity that induces a variety of rattail fish species to pose in front of a ropecam 6,000 feet (2,000 meters) below the surface. Besides a camera, the device includes bait—liquid tuna pumped from tanks as well as chum in a bucket. The fish looming large in the foreground and the one skimming the seafloor are giant rattails—bottom dwellers that can reach nearly six feet (two meters) in length.

Photo Fast Facts

Camera: Sony Mini DV 1000
Film Type: Video tape
Lens: .7 wide angle lens
Speed and F-Stop: Not applicable
Weather Conditions: Not applicable
Time of Day: Not applicable
Lighting Techniques: Two 100 watt Quartz lights


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