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Copyright: Ari Widodo (ariw) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 29 W: 8 N: 25] (179)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-02-22
Categories: Fish
Camera: Canon EOS 300 D, Canon EF-S 18-55mm F3.5-5.6
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/4 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-03-05 9:33
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Piracucu (Arapaima gigas)

Piracucu is one of the world’s largest freshwater fish that can be located in Amazon river, the second longest river in the world after the Nile, but it is the widest one.

The air bladder of piracucu is reach with blood vessels and open directly to the pharynx which makes piracucu can breath oxygen from the air when the water is decreasing. In a very extreme condition, when the water almost disappears, piracucu will make itself like a ball and stay in a hole until the water comes again.

The name of Piracucu came from a name of an Indian warrior. Here is the story.

The legend of Piracucu
Piracucu was an Indian warrior from the Uaias tribe that lived in Labrean plains in the southwestern Amazon. He was a brave but mean warrior, although his father, Pindaro, is the good chief of the tribe.

Piracucu was a selfish man and very proud of his power. When his father visiting some friendly neighbors, Piracucu ruled the tribe by terror, took people hostage and executed them for any reasons. He also loved criticizing the gods.

Being tired of Piracucu’s behavior, Tupa – the god of the gods, decided to punish him. He ordered Polo (the god of lightening) to spread his most power lightening in the whole region. He also ordered lururaruacu (the goddess of torrents) to spread the strongest torrents of rain over Piracucu, who was fishing along with other Indians.

Instead of being afraid, Piracucu ignored such anger from Gods by laughing and saying crazy words. Finally, Tupa sent Xandore, a demon that hates man, who threw lightening and thunder. Piracucu tried to escape when a lightening bolt hit him right into his heart but still he refused to ask for forgiveness.

Piracucu that still alive, then brought into the depths of Tocantins river when his body transformed into a giant and dark fish. Piracucu remained there, and for a long time he was the terror of the region

Technical data :

Location : Seaworld - Jakarta, Indonesia
Date : Feb 22, 2005
Camera : Canon EOS 300D
Lens : Standard kit lens 18-55 mm/f3.5-5.6

Shutter speed : 0.25
Aperture : f-3.5
ISO : 400

Post processing : auto contrast (Adobe PS elements 2.0)

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-03-05 10:15]

Nice shot Ari, the lighting is in the right places and nice focus and composition, the colours look a little flat but I guess that's slightly murky freshwater for you. Good note, very well done.

Very nice shot Ari.
Good composition and light. The focus is a little soft.
Graet note.
Well done.

Great Framing. The curve of the fish adds motion as he enters into view, and the soft lighting reflects the legend. Well done.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-03-06 3:54]

Great note and very nice picture. The light is perfect and the atmosphere is very nice because of the low POV. Focus is a little bit soft but that;s probably due to the glass? TFS!

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