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Old Dec 9, 2003, 11:01 AM   #1
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I spotted this fish at the local restaurant hanging above the door.
This is Baloon Fish, it kinda expands itself and brings up the spikes, something like defense system if its in danger.
Unfortunately this one couldn't escape
But anyway it was intetersting enough to take a picture of it.
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Old Dec 9, 2003, 2:48 PM   #2
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Great shot - everything works! I never seen a fish like this before.
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Old Dec 9, 2003, 3:02 PM   #3
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Thank you Klaus. I saw much smaller fishes of this kind (this one is like 30 cm wide). Unfortunately people hunt and kill them just to make souvenirs of it. It's so crude, those fishes are very cute (especially the small ones). I hate hunting of any kind anyway :x
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Old Dec 9, 2003, 7:46 PM   #4
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A nice portrait, zuhdo !
Very clean and detailed.
I like the way this fish stands out from darkness, like it was an abyss fish.
As far as this specie is concerned, I could be wrong, but as far as I know I think it is a very sophisticated dish in the Far East though it has only one problem : if it is not cooked correctly it can be a deadly poison.

P.S. : I would add a little black part at the bottom of the shot
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Absolutely striking and startling photo.

(I think Sergio is correct about its poisonous nature.)
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Old Dec 10, 2003, 12:13 AM   #6
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Zuhdo,

Love the composition of the fish coming out of the black.
Sergio is correct about the poisonous quality of the balloon fish.
In Japan, the balloon fish also known as "fugu" is a delicacy. The met of the fish is eaten raw in very thin delicate slices and the preparer has to be extremely skillful to avoid damaging the bile duct of the fish during preparation. The bile duct is the source of the poison.

Each year several Japanese are posioned while eating the fish and of these some do die. I guess courting death has a certain fascination.
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Old Dec 10, 2003, 3:08 AM   #7
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Thanks for coments everybody. And thanks for educational part, I heard about fugu, the fish which is deadly if not prepared right. There was some movie about japanese mafia whereby cooks killed like 20 people who ate this fish.

Talking about fish, I'm goin to London in a month or so and I'll be visiting London Aquarium. How to take pictures in such situations? I suppose I can't use flash since it will bounce of the glass walls. Polarizing filter maybe? How about other settings?
Thanks for inputs.
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