Smallspotted Dart Hunting Action

Smallspotted dart (Trachinotus baillonii).

Acrylics on wood panel. 2022.

In the tropical Indo-Pacific waters, a shoal of smallspotted darts is hunting on a bait ball. These fast-moving pompanos love the surface water but are often hard to observe in the wild, as they are fast and timid. I was lucky to be able to observe them as they were focused on hunting the silvery anchovies.

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