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November 27, 2016

Papa's Got a Brand New Bag.

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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. Photographed by Suzan Meldonian near the Blue Heron Bridge in Florida. Smithsonian Magazine's 2015 Photo Contest - The Atlantic

Posted by gerardvanderleun at November 27, 2016 11:43 AM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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