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Scubaverse Exclusive: Check out this incredible tool-using Titan Triggerfish (Watch Video)

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The spectacular Titan Triggerfish is not just an ugly face. He is also the first fish we have ever filmed using a tool to eat. In fact, according to Google there are very few tool wielding fish, and even fewer videos of them eating.

I filmed one on a dive to a new and dramatic dive site discovered by Roger, Bryan and Menon of Ocean Spirit in Mauritius. They called it Black Forest, because it has a lot of Green Tree corals, which are actually completely black. The guys were all measuring depths, checking distances and doing the things divers do when they are exploring a new reef.

I lay on my belly on the rubble and watched a Titan Trigger. I thought he was nesting, so I stayed low. If you swim over a Titan Trigger when he’s brooding on his eggs, he will come after you and a friend has 18 stitches in his head to prove they mean business. Stay low and they can’t see you, their eyes are too close to the top of their heads.

He burrowed with his scaly snout into the coral rubble and soft sand, twisting his whole body, coming out and then diving back and burrowing in again. My buddy got bored and swam away, but I wanted to see what he was doing.

After three tries, he came out triumphantly holding a huge clam between his teeth. OK, now what does he expect to do with that? It was way too big to crush between his fangs. I thought he would drop it and swim away. But he didn’t…

He moved closer to the rock in front of me and he blew the clam out of his mouth onto the rock. It didn’t break, so he did it again, and again, until it cracked. His faithful hangers on dived in as well, but he got the first bite, and I left him to enjoy it. Blue Planet filmed the Tusk Fish using similar behavior, but I think this is the first time a Titan Trigger has been filmed using a tool.

The Titan Triggerfish: Passionate protector of his eggs and evolved user of tools…


Words, Images & Video: Jill Holloway

Copyright: Ocean Spirit www.osdiving.com

Jill Holloway lives in Mauritius and at Sodwana Bay Isimangaliso Wetland Park in South Africa. A PADI qualified Nitrox diver with over 1,500 dives, she is a passionate observer and preserver of the marine environment, and has a database of over 35,000 fish pics and hundreds of Gopro videos on fish behaviour, which she shares with her readers.

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WIN a Bigblue AL-1200NP Dive Torch!!!

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For this week’s competition, we’ve teamed up with our good friends at Liquid Sports to give away a Bigblue AL-1200NP Dive Torch!

This torch delivers 1200 lumens of light powered by an ion rechargeable battery. There are 4 levels of brightness with burn times between 2-20 hours. Battery charge level is indicated via coloured lights around the on/off button. The beam angle is 10°. The anodised aluminium alloy housing sealed by double ‘O’ rings with a max operating depth of 100m. SRP £125.00 which includes torch, charging cradle and battery.

To be in with a chance of winning this awesome prize, all you have to do is answer the following question:

In a recent post on Scubaverse.com (which you can read here), we reported via the Marine Conservation Society that the UK’s landmark post-Brexit fisheries legislation has now become law. The Fisheries Act is the first legislation of its kind in nearly how many years?

Is it:

  • A) 60
  • B) 50
  • C) 40

Answer, A, B or C to the question above:

Liquid Sports Bigblue AL-1200NP Dive Torch November 2020

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Northern Diver Christmas Sale starts TODAY!

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This year Northern Diver’s Christmas offers are starting on Black Friday and running until midnight on New Year’s Eve! 

There are some great deals to be had across the site – www.ndiver.com – from discounted Drysuits and Coltri compressors to 15% off their entire Lighting Section!

And if you can’t find the perfect present for the diver in your life, they have a choice of Gift Cards on offer. They are even giving you £25 extra when you purchase a £100 voucher!

The offers don’t stop there – there is FREE shipping on all orders over £100 and even a FREE gift with every online purchase.

Every purchase will get you entered into a great prize draw to win one of their new Electracore 3.0mm Rechargeable Heated Vests!

And should you find that you need to return any of your purchases, Northern Diver understand that Christmas may be a little different for everyone this year and you may not get to see every one over Christmas, so they have extended their Returns Period to the end of January 2021. (Valid for purchases made from Black Friday to end of December 2020).

Some unmissable offers to look out for are the Varilux Zoom, part of the Varilux Black & Gold Range, with its variable beam width; and Northern Diver’s 4mm compressed Neoprene Drysuit, the Voyager, which is on offer for an incredible £475!

For more information visit the Northern Diver website by clicking here.

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