David Paul
Gabo Jelly, 2003

Natural Science Photograph; 35mm camera; Fuji Velvia film

dpimages, Victoria, Australia

This photograph was made on the remote Gabo Island off the coast of Southern Australia on the border of Victoria and New South Wales. Gabo Island has a pristine marine environment. It is occupied only by its lighthouse, which is used to monitor weather patterns. The Gabo jelly is a bell type of unknown species. It was quite small and delicate, (about 10 mm across the bell), and illuminated by flashlight to enable focusing. A tethered strobe from the same direction as the flashlight was used to create an inner glow from the jelly substance. Capturing the delicate form of the tentacles was a matter of patience and luck.

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