Weekly Photo Challenge – Gathering

Yellow-Headed Jawfish

Yellow-Headed Jawfish

A gathering of eggs, so to speak… This is the famous yellow-headed jawfish. Its curious lifestyle includes how it takes care of its brood. The male jawfish carries the gestating eggs in his mouth, occasionally spitting them out  to aerate them and then sucking them back into his mouth to protect them.

I was told by our dive master that the males who have the dark lines below their jaws are experienced fathers. These dark lines are literally stretch marks. So, if you look closely at the profile of this handsome guy, you can see the eggs in his mouth along with his resume stripes.

I was thrilled to get this shot! These guys are very shy. They live in holes on the sand bottom and pop up to feed and see what’s going on. It took me about twenty minutes of lying on that sand bottom with my camera pointed at the hole. I gradually approached the jawfish who would pop up, see me, and go back into his hole until I was able to get close enough to engage my macro lens.

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28 comments on “Weekly Photo Challenge – Gathering

  1. GRRRReat Shot! Makes you appreciate the way humans gestate, right?

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  2. basildonkitchens says:

    Impressive shot!!! 🙂

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  3. marymtf says:

    Finally, a dad getting some credit. 🙂

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  4. aFrankAngle says:

    Great pic (as usual) …. and it made me laugh because my first thought was a sock puppet.

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  5. What a jaw-dropping shot! 🙂

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  6. Elyse says:

    Terrific picture. And it is even better because he not only has eggs in his mouth, but, thanks to Word Press, it’s snowing, too!

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  7. That’s quite a shot, Cathy, and the expression on his face is one I had to look at for quite some time. 🙂


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  8. marydpierce says:

    Oops. I left my comment in the wrong place. I wondered how it could be possible that there were no other comments other than mine. I’m tired a lot lately. That’s my excuse. 🙂 I guess I must have clicked on the photo to make it bigger. That’s where I left my comment.

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  9. Amy Reese says:

    Great shot, Cathy! Your patience paid off.

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  10. Incredible photo, Cathy…..look, he is smiling, too 🙂

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  11. seabluelee says:

    Your patience was rewarded! I can see those eggs — a remarkable shot.

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  12. Brigitte says:

    Wow Cathy — this is a stunning shot. I think he was showing off for you. He looks like a proud Dad and sort of like that alien thing that burst out of someone’s stomach in the original Alien movie sans the razor sharp teeth of course.

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    • Cathy Ulrich says:

      Hi Brigitte! Your comment made me laugh. You know, I never saw Alien – I have an extremely vivid imagination and I think I avoided it because I knew it would give me nightmares, but I can see how Mr. Jawfish could be similar… So good to see you, my friend!


  13. We have been so fortunate that you took that trip! We are getting a plethora of great undersea images, and I am in heaven! The details of the yellow headed jawfish are fascinating! I just love these weekly “dives,” Cathy!

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    • Cathy Ulrich says:

      Thank you, Dawn. I got so many great shots on our trip to the Caymans. What a blessing (which I will be including in my post for tomorrow! 🙂 ).Thanks so much for your support through our journey on the blogosphere, Dawn. It’s so fun to share these!

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