Since 2009, lionfish have spread from Florida along the Caribbean coasts of Mexico and Central and as far as Venezuela. They have also reached as far north as Rhode Island but water temperatures so far seem to prevent them living north of North Carolina or as far south as Brazil.
Cayman Islands – Photo Tip

How to take your best underwater shots

Photo by Stephen Frink

Cayman Islands – Photo Tip How to take your best underwater shots

With modern digital cameras, the technical challenges of underwater photography can be overcome fairly easily.

Stephen Frink
Stephen Frink

I did not go to the Cayman Islands to do a story about the fishing of the poisonous lionfish, but I do a lot of stock photography, so if I see a good story I will take some pictures – as I did here – thinking the story will evolve later. The excessive amount of lionfish on the Cayman Islands are in need of control. The Cayman Islands are doing a good job at keeping lionfish off the dive sites, so the divers are safe, but you do see them everywhere else around the islands.

Good underwater photography depends on the person's ability to safely conduct themselves underwater – being at one with the ocean if you like. Fish are very sensitive to motion and emotion. It is very easy to threaten marine life as we are very big compared to most of them and they survive by not being eaten.

Because water serves as a blue filtration medium of great density between you and your subject, you really have to get close. And to get close you have to be non-threatening. That means adjusting your posture, your buoyancy and your approach. You have to become comfortable in the water.

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Atlantic Tarpon hunting Baitball, Megalops atlanticus, Grand Cayman, Caribbean Sea, Cayman Islands

Atlantic tarpon (Megalops atlanticus), such as this one hunting a baitball off Grand Cayman, can reach up to 2.5 meters in length and are considered one of the best saltwater game fish. The baitball is a defensive measure by smaller fish, with the sudden turns and the dazzling effect making it difficult to pick out an individual. Photo by Jochem Wijnands / Alamy

Jochem Wijnands

Jochem Wijnands

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Atlantic tarpon (Megalops atlanticus), such as this one hunting a baitball off Grand Cayman, can reach up to 2.5 meters in length and are considered one of the best saltwater game fish. The baitball is a defensive measure by smaller fish, with the sudden turns and the dazzling effect making it difficult to pick out an individual.

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