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Each year during the winter season, nutrient rich currents flow from South America pushing its way north up onto the shallow shelf off of Isla Mujeres, Mexico (Yucatan peninsula) drawing in large shoals of sardines and needle fish. Following these baitfish are great numbers of Atlantic sailfish (Istiophorus albicans). It is here in these shallow waters that marine life and predators collide in havoc.

The sailfish work as a team to control the sardine bait ball, individual sailfish take their turn to go into the bait ball for their meal, once fed they drop back into formation with the rest of the group. Above the water frigate birds (Fregata Magnificens) swirling in a funnel cloud formation trying to get a piece of the sardine action.

The action is at a very fast pace, like being in a pinball game. Sometimes we are swimming with 30 to 50 sailfish.

For more on the story and photos visit my blog: Sailfish and Sardines




Sailfish on the Hunt for Sardines




Jan 29, 2013 at 10:50 PM
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p.1 #2 · Sailfish and Sardines - Mexico


Sure is amazing to watch the survival tactics of the prey, neat shot Gregory, sure is some beautiful water!
Karl



Jan 29, 2013 at 11:57 PM
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p.1 #3 · Sailfish and Sardines - Mexico


Love this shot Greg!


Jan 30, 2013 at 12:33 AM
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p.1 #4 · Sailfish and Sardines - Mexico


What a fantastic shot Gregory !!! Must be something to witness.

Birdie




Jan 30, 2013 at 12:33 AM
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p.1 #5 · Sailfish and Sardines - Mexico


Super action shot Gregory. Very cool.


Jan 30, 2013 at 01:55 AM
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p.1 #6 · Sailfish and Sardines - Mexico


Great shot Gregory

Lil



Jan 30, 2013 at 02:12 AM
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p.1 #7 · Sailfish and Sardines - Mexico


Wow, Great shot


Jan 30, 2013 at 02:14 AM
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p.1 #8 · Sailfish and Sardines - Mexico


great shot Greg - different than your South African shots


Jan 30, 2013 at 03:21 AM
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Super image Greg

Morris



Jan 30, 2013 at 03:48 AM
 

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p.1 #10 · Sailfish and Sardines - Mexico


Great shot Gregory.

Rob



Jan 31, 2013 at 03:50 PM
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Superb!

Phoo



Jan 31, 2013 at 04:41 PM
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p.1 #12 · Sailfish and Sardines - Mexico


Thanks Morris - Have to get you into the water, just think a whole new genre - Ducks underwater -
Cheers Safari Boy



Feb 03, 2013 at 03:16 AM
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p.1 #13 · Sailfish and Sardines - Mexico


Magnificent! I Love underwater shots.


Feb 03, 2013 at 03:21 AM
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p.1 #14 · Sailfish and Sardines - Mexico


This is amazing


Feb 03, 2013 at 03:21 AM
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p.1 #15 · Sailfish and Sardines - Mexico


Beautiful image. I've fished for Atlantic sails and white marlin off of Cancun and Isla Mujeres many times back in the day. I recall using big eye shad and goggle eyes or greenback herrings for live bait trolling. Thanks for bringing back the memories.


Feb 03, 2013 at 04:04 AM
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Great shot!! I wish I had the setup to try some underwater photography - seems like it would be fun.


Feb 03, 2013 at 04:27 AM
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p.1 #17 · Sailfish and Sardines - Mexico


Excellent shots ! Not something you see everyday.


Feb 03, 2013 at 05:09 AM
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p.1 #18 · Sailfish and Sardines - Mexico


Thanks Ashley, Getting into underwater photography can be a wee bit expensive. There are ways to reduce the cost by buying good used housings and ports. Best regards Safari Boy.


Feb 05, 2013 at 03:23 AM





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