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Showing His Stripes
Photograph by Brian Skerry

A Caribbean reef squid off Venezuela displays an aggressive zebra pattern to ward off other males competing for nearby females. This vivid species can display about three dozen different color patterns. More than 280 species of squid live in oceans worldwide. Many are masters of transformation, able to change their skin color and pattern in seconds to stalk prey, escape enemies, attract mates, stand up to rivals, and communicate with one another.

Photo Fast Facts

Camera: Nikon F5
Film Type: Fujichrome Velvia 50
Lens: 28mm
Speed and F-Stop: f/11
Weather Conditions: Underwater
Time of Day: Unrecorded
Lighting Techniques: Two Sea & Sea YS-350 strobes on half power


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