The Illustration Friday topic is Remote this week.
I wasn't sure at first about the topic and then when i went outside i saw a garden spider sitting in the middle of its orb web.
That made me think of remote sensing as the spiders sit on the edge of their webs, with their legs touching the strands so that the spider will be alerted immediately if some unsuspecting prey blunders in.
So i sat down intending to paint a spider and then while thinking about being remote from the prey i then thought that a shark might be a better idea for the word 'remote' . Sharks have such fantastic senses they can smell blood or the feel the vibrations of a fish in trouble from a long way away. I sat down and looked through my reference photos that we had taken at sea life centres over the years and watched some shark videos. I started to wonder if maybe shark was too easy an answer to the topic and wondered about fish that might kill remotely.
Electric eels came to mind since they will discharge elecrticity to stun their prey as well as for defence. However, i didn't have any decent reference material for the electric eel so i've put that on the back burner until something better comes up.
It was an easy jump then from electric eels to archer fish - at least for me. =)
I remember being amazed by the proficiency of the archer fish [Toxotidae family] when i first heard about them.
The fish swims along, camouflaged by the dark patches on its upper body, and spits jets of water at bugs -which knocks the bug into the water and into the waiting mouth of the archer fish.
Their eyes have very good vision and they can spit water up to 2 metres [6 feet] . Accuracy is said to be 99% which is phenomenal. They will also jump out of the water to catch insects directly.
They are not true freshwater fish but like to be in brackish water as their natural habitat is mangrove swamp [ swamp in areas washed by the sea tides -therefore salt or semi salt water]