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BIG PICTURE: Fisheye Forest

Photo: Andy Murch
Photo: Andy Murch

Text and Photograph by Andy Murch

While hunting for skates on a featureless sea floor around Madrona Point on southern Vancouver Island, B.C., I came across this sunken tree trunk with its cover of  gigantic orange plumose anemones. These anemones are usually white, but under certain environmental conditions (like growing up in a muddy basin on a dead log)they turn orange. Settling onto the silty bottom for a better view of the copper rockfish you see here, I also got the rockfish perspective on the scene, which appeared more like a surreal forest framed against a green sky.

Visit: Big Fish Expeditions

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