Platax teira

Platax teira

Platax Teira is also known as the teira batfish, longfin batfish, longfin spadefish, or round faced batfish. How did this NFT underwater shot happen?

Platax teira

How hard is it to capture a relatively big Fish like the Platax teira?

We had a great Dive at Viking Cave where there is an artificial reef and most of the time we can find Teira Batfish hanging out there getting themself cleaned up. It’s wonderful to watch them as they are very calm and not very shy.

If you are calm underwater, you can approach Platax teira slowly, without them swimming away, they don’t really mind till you get to a certain distance.

Often the problem in Underwater photography is that the fish is showing you the tail, that’s due to their flight stage as obviously they want to swim away from you, it is much harder to get a portrait or a side shot but nobody wants to see a tail, right?!

DSC08511 Teira Batfish

So as I was approaching the 30cm long Platax teira it was looking straight into the camera but as the closer I came the more it turned away so I took this first Picture from a farther distance, just to make sure I had one in the box.

DSC08513 Teira BatFish

So I stopped and stood still and waited in the water trying to breath very shallow and slow because they are also scared of bubbles. It did make a complete 360° and came back towards me, until it turned away again and that’s when I took this Picture.

Platax teira

When I took the final Picture it was just standing still in this position. Looking at me and probably thinking: “what the hell are you, blowing bubbles having flashy thing in front of you and wearing a weird dress!” 😂 At least that’s what its face tells me doesn’t it?

We don’t want to mention the 2 blurry pictures that I took in between 😉




Platax teira

is usually silver, grey or brownish. It has a blackish band through the eye and another band with the pectoral fin. They will change color from silvery white with no bands, to brown with darker banding as you watch, and then fade back to silver again. The juvenile Platax teira looks completely different in shape and color.

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