A shy juvenile Treefish hovers outside
the protection of its cave.
One of the many varieties of rockfish found
off of Southern California, they are very
territorial. If threatened, they
will raise their dorsal fins
to display their formidable spines.
Treefish begin life with very distinctive
yellow and black stripes, which
fade slightly as they mature.
Lens: 60 mm macro
Film: Kodak E100VS
Depth: 25 feet
Location: Anacapa Island, CA
©2000 Garry McCarthy