NATURE IMAGES AWARD 2017
I am pleased to have an honorable mention for my photo series on the Mayotte lagoon in the Nature Images Award 2017 competition.
Crinoid crab close up
This small crab that is less than one centimeter in diameter is very photogenic. The spikes which it carries on its carapace have a role of protection against possible aggressors.
Trapped in squid tentacles
Hunting time when a squid in the middle of the night in the lagoon of Mayotte.
Manta Ray in the mayotte lagoon- Giant ray seen by a remora
As if I was a remora !!!! This is the effect I had when I swam a few moments under this magnificent manta ray.
A focus on the Orange-lined triggerfish teeth. It was hidden in a hole and could not go out, I took advantage to make a photo of the detail of his mouth.
Face to Face with a Loggerhead sea turtle
A beautiful encounter with this big hawk turtle nestled .. She came quietly on my right. Curious, she approached a few centimeters from the dome of my camera. It is at this moment that I could take this picture.
Shells and starfish in Mayotte lagoon
Beautiful seascape, the lagoon of Mayotte contains unsuspected treasures. In the foreground, a beautiful shell "Iron" (Cassis cornuta), which is to protect Mayotte.
The Maurician clown fish is a hermaphrodite fish. It is a successive hermaphroditism. The fish are initially males then they become female. They are monogamous. They are very territorial fish, they do not accept other rival fish. Once the female dies, the (dominant) reproductive male turns into a female. The bigger immature male becomes the male reproductive male. The eggs her attached to a piece of coral near the anemone. The male fertilizes the eggs one after the other. This phase can last an hour. Then the male will keep the eggs, clean them regularly, heal them and he protects them from any predators until they hatch. It oxygenates the water by beating the pectorals or expelling water through the mouth on the eggs. During egg incubation, which lasts eight days, their color changes from bright orange to dark brown before becoming silver on the day before hatching. The eyes of the larvae are then clearly visible. The eggs measure about 3 mm. The hatching takes place shortly after sunset, according to the phases of the moon and the temperature of the water. After this hatching at the foot of the protective anemone, planktonic larvae, 4 to 5 mm in size, float in the stream for about 15 days until the fry are large enough to reach a new anemone And start growing.
Bottlenose dolphins - Savage dolphin of Mayotte lagoon
Encounter with these wild Bottlenose dolphins in the lagoon of Mayotte.
Ilot from the sky - Mayotte
The islets of the lagoon of Mayotte are numerous and contain many treasures.
Aerial Coral View - Mayotte Island
This aerial view on the Papani beach shows us just how beautiful nature and our Earth is. A work of art.