This episode features groupers and the most common species of big bony fish to be found in the Andaman Sea.
After an introduction to 2 small and common members of the grouper family, the blacktip grouper, Epinephelus fasciatus, and longfin grouper, Epinephelus quoyanus, we meet 2 of the biggest species, the brown-marbled grouper, Epinephelus fuscoguttatus, at Richelieu Rock in Thailand, and a friendly potato cod, Epinephelus tukula, at the Burma Banks in Myanmar.
At the Similan Islands we then encounter the largest wrasse, the humphead wrasse, Cheilinus undulatus, sometimes known as the Napoleon wrasse, and the impressive green humphead parrotfish (bumphead parrotfish), Bolbometopon muricatum.
We then take a look at the great barracuda, Sphyraena barracuda, in Burma and three different species of trevally, or jacks: The giant trevally, Caranx ignobilis, the golden trevally, Gnathanodon speciosus, and the bluefin trevally, Caranx melampygus. There will be footage of more species of barracuda and trevally in a later episode about schooling fish.
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NARRATION / COMMENTARY: - English - German (Deutscher Kommentar) - Portuguese (Narração Português) - Spanish (Narración en Español) - Thai (คำบรรยายภาษาไทย)
MARINE LIFE & DIVE SITE NAMES - Dutch (Nederlandse Namen) - English - German (Deutsche Bezeichnungen) - Thai (ชื่อภาษาไทย & จุดดำน้ำ)
Please get in touch with me if you would like to help translate the narration or marine life names into other languages.
Thanks to Mark Ellison for the 1st music track, "Tai Long Wan" and 3rd music track, "Andaman Resonance". Thanks to Smashed Toy (http://www.soundclick.com/smashedtoy) for the 2nd music track, "Space Frigate".
The video was shot by Nick Hope with a Sony VX2000 DV camera in a Gates housing. It was edited in Sony Vegas Pro then deinterlaced with QTGMC and upscaled to 720p HD in AviSynth.
Thanks to Santana Diving of Phuket (http://www.santanaphuket.com), to Elfi and Uli Erfort and Daniel Bruehwiler for help with the German translation, and to Frank Nelissen for the Dutch subtitles.
Full list of fish species and dive sites featured in this video:
00:00 Oriental Sweetlips, Plectorhinchus vittatus, Christmas Point 00:06 Blacktip Grouper, Epinephelus fasciatus, Racha Noi 00:17 Longfin Grouper, Epinephelus quoyanus, Moving Wall 00:27 Longfin Grouper, Epinephelus quoyanus, Shark Cave 00:33 Brown-Marbled Grouper, Epinephelus fuscoguttatus, Richelieu Rock 01:25 Potato Cod, Epinephelus tukula, Silvertip Bank 02:25 Humphead Wrasse, Cheilinus undulatus, Rocky Point 02:35 Humphead Wrasse, Cheilinus undulatus, Christmas Point 02:43 Humphead Wrasse, Cheilinus undulatus, Shark Fin Reef 02:52 Green Humphead Parrotfish, Bolbometopon muricatum, Shark Fin Reef 03:39 Great Barracuda, Sphyraena barracuda, Black Rock 03:45 Great Barracuda, Sphyraena barracuda, Silvertip Bank 04:38 Giant Trevally, Caranx ignobilis, Koh Tachai 04:52 Golden Trevally, Gnathanodon speciosus, Koh Tachai 04:57 Bluefin Trevally, Caranx melampygus, Rocky Point 05:13 Golden Trevally, Gnathanodon speciosus, Richelieu Rock 05:22 Blackspotted Puffer, Arothron nigropunctatus, Marita's Rock, Racha Noi
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