ALIEN #18 – flying fish baby ~1cm long.
Only on the calmest, flattest nights can I have any hope of finding and photographing these little beauties. Anyone who’s ever been on boat in the ocean has no doubt marveled at adult flying fish soaring away from their bow, and after witnessing it myself many, many thousands of times, I’m still entranced every single time, often counting the seconds until splashdown (once I hit a record 32 seconds). But finding a baby, at <1cm and landing focus on it takes a different type of discipline. In this image, I’m nearly directly below it, and you can even see it’s back half reflected on the mirror-like surface, just a millimeter above it.