19th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Fringed blenny Mother

Fringed blenny mother was protecting eggs. They habitat in cold water like northern Japan, China or Russia. They normally live in deep sea but rises to shallow water for egg-bearing. Something like white strings were probably a sea urchin or starfish tubefoot which were targeting the eggs.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 12.2020
Date Uploaded: 05.2021
Photo Location: Japan
Camera: NIKON D850
Copyright: © Sayaka Ichinoseki