This week’s Photo Friday entry: ’Detail’
Being too fat to function is pretty much dominating my thoughts at the moment as I’m now 3 days overdue with my little one and getting bigger by the second. On the upside I’m still able to eat and I spare a thought for these poor little mouth-brooding cardinal fish from the Red Sea….
Once the eggs are released and fertilized the male will take the eggs into his mouth to protect them while they incubate. The eggs remain in his mouth for 10 days or more and every minute or so he will open his mouth to allow fresh water to oxygenate the eggs. Even after hatching the fry remain in mouth of the male for a few days. He allows them to swim in and out of his mouth until they are mature enough to face life in the ocean. At this time, he spits them out in groups to search for food. So long as the male holds the eggs, and subsequently the fry, in his mouth the male does not eat. During this time the female will aggressively chase away any other fish that encroach on the male’s location. So much less fun than lying on the sofa watching star wars films with Mike lol.
Since this weeks theme is detail, I’ve made a 100% crop in on those tiny little eggs, as you can see they are mostly little balls with eyes at this stage so I’d say this little fishy wasn’t going to be eating for quite a few more days.
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Also, I made it into this weeks noteworthy with my PhotoFriday – Orange post from two weeks ago. Thanks to all who voted for me 🙂 This week we’re voting for last weeks theme of moving – I’m no #51 ;).