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Papa's Got a Brand New Bag

This is a yellow-headed jawfish male that incubates its eggs (or its brood) in its mouth. That’s right–the male carries the babies. In the beginning, the jawfish is able to swallow the eggs, keeping them hidden, and occasionally spits them out to grab a bite, then sucks them back in, all in one gulp. It is fascinating to watch, and quite a challenge. The challenge gets tougher as the brood develops and gets larger. What was so sweet though was that after about an hour of observation with this little fish, he accepted that I was not a predator and that my presence could actually protect him. Soon he became comfortable and almost even proud to show off his family to be.

This photo is a finalist in the Natural World category of our 13th Annual Photo Contest. See all 70 finalists here.

TAGS: Eggs, Florida, United States

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Boca Raton, Florida, United States of America
Member since 2014
Photo of the Day: 02.24.16 Finalist
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© Suzan Meldonian.
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Image Source: digital
Date Taken: 01.2013
Total Views: 9553
Total Favorites: 14
Filed Under: Natural World
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Date Uploaded: Dec. 1, 2015, 12:14 a.m.
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Camera Model: NIKON D200
Focal Length: 105mm
Shutter Speed: 1/160
Aperture: f32
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PHOTO LOCATION Lake Worth Inlet, Riviera, Florida, United States of America