yellowtail kingfish

Getting my scientific illustration on with the Yellowtail Kingfish (Seriola lalandi) for a friend’s PhD thesis. There is a third component as part of the illustration, highlighting the circulatory system of the gallbladder/liver. I also haven’t confirmed this as the final image but thought I’d post it anyway (ugly watermarks are essential now I’ve posted it online).

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This gif, captured by Stewart Whitfield, shows the water off Thailand’s coast and you can probably hazard a guess as to what’s happening here. Baby fish (juvenile shrimp scad, aka slender yellowtail kingfish) are hiding under the bell of a jellyfish, using its stinging threads as protection from circling predators, namely a trumpet fish nearby.

But the jelly’s billowing structures aren’t what they seem.

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