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Ngu Wheke

Ngu Wheke
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Copyright: Janice Dunn (Janice) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-11-18
Categories: Fish
Camera: Canon EOS 30d, Tamron 28-300 XR
Exposure: f/4, 1/60 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-01-05 4:05
Viewed: 4237
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Broad Squid, Southern Reef Squid, Southern Calamari Squid
Sepioteuthis australis
Maori Name: Ngu Wheke (Noo Feckee)

Sepioteuthis australis is a temperate water species that can be found around the southern coastline of Australia and in the northern waters of New Zealand.

This is a very popular species with fishers and belongs to the squid family Loliginidae. It can be found around inshore coastal waters and frequently forms small schools of up to a dozen individuals and they can be found over seagrass meadows and reefs.

They are generally seen by divers at night time as this is when they are more active and are attracted to divers diving lights.

They feed on fish and crustacean species and are a fast voracious feeder.

When disturbed the Squid will squirt out jet-black ink in defence to confuse its predator.

It lays its eggs on the seafloor or attached to sponges in fleshy white strings of 2-6 eggs per string.

The Broad Squid, Southern Reef Squid, Southern Calamari Squid can grow quite large and can have a mantle length of up to 50cm.

This Squid was at our local aquarium - Kelly Tarlton's Underwater World and Antarctic Encounter, in Auckland.

Here is another picture that I took of it, or one of its mates!! – They all look alike!

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To gerhardt: Yes, thru' the Glass!Janice 1 01-23 23:22
To horia: ThxJanice 1 01-06 05:08
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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2007-01-05 4:26]
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Hi Janice!

Great catch! I know how hard is to take good picture in aquarium ;-) and you did it very well! Fascinating animal - I saw it only on TV. Great, dark mood, with animal floating on black BG. Really big eyes. I like it very much, my friend!

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  • Kris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 174 W: 0 N: 129] (1818)
  • [2007-01-05 4:27]

Hi Janice :)
Great shot,
Well composed, good detail, colours and sharpness. Wonderful animal.

hi janice,
nice shot,
well composed,
nice pov, dark bg makes the shot look better,
tfs & regards

bonjour janice.
hum c'est bon ça du calamar!!
j'aime bien ce cliché,je le trouve reussi,avec le BG noir cela donne un air etrange a ce calamar.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-01-05 6:56]

Hi Janice,
Wonderful shot. Superb colours and sharpness considering that it is an aquarium shot. Very difficult but superbly done. Nicely composed too. Kudos.

Hi Janice,
An excellent shot on this Squid. A difficult shot and you managed it very well. Dice sharp detail. The lighting was excellent to get the squid so well, yet allow the dark backround. Very nice!

Hi Janice,
Fantastic underwater picture; considering thick glass, low light, and fast moving object. Congratulations.

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  • cedryk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
  • [2007-01-05 20:29]

Hello Janice,
Almost an extraterrestrial creature glading in the space :-)
Great composition and good light in uneasy conditions!
Best greetings,

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-01-06 4:51]
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What a beautiful and clear picture of this squid, Janice!
Any sign of Nemo or the Nautilus? :))
I really love the way you captured the wavey motion of the side membrane of the squid.
Also the eye-contact is excellent! Did you know squids are octopuses have one of the best vision from te entire invertebrate world. It's also said by some scientist that they have color vision...pretty evolved, wouldn't you say? :)
Anyway, considering the condition, the photo is also very sharp and very well exposed.
Great work!

Bravo, TFS and Happy 2007!

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2007-01-06 10:02]

Janice, this is an unusual and great picture. I've never seen one of them.

Great presentation: excellent lighting and bg. I do enjoy sharpness too.

By the way: the president of my country is known as "Lula"; in English, Squid.

Hello Janice,
I recognize this little creature :-) What a strange specie, this is very interesting. The clarity, details, compo and POV are very good here. Thanks for sharing this very special animal.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-01-13 3:25]

Hello Janice,
Very intersting and wonderful photo.I liked POV,dark BG,lighting,cross framing and composition a lot.Excellent work!

I just love weird critters and this one is no exception. Lovely capture (... through glass??)

Love the lines in the compo. Well done.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2007-01-30 11:32]

Hello Janice,
What a superb photo for this strange "calamar". It is smart with the dark background.
The "+++" : subject, composition, point of view, sharpness through the glass, DOF, background, exposure, instructive note...
The "-" : nothing...
Congratulations dear friend and TFS.

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  • marjan Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 459 W: 14 N: 366] (2685)
  • [2007-01-31 13:12]

hi Jen ice, excelentshot with good POV and coloures. Excelent intro.

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