Just NO! Photographers Stuff Styrofoam into Fish to Bait Eagle For Better Photos

Oct 26, 2015

Udi Tirosh

Udi Tirosh is an entrepreneur, photography inventor, journalist, educator, and writer based in Israel. With over 25 years of experience in the photo-video industry, Udi has built and sold several photography-related brands. Udi has a double degree in mass media communications and computer science.

Just NO! Photographers Stuff Styrofoam into Fish to Bait Eagle For Better Photos

Oct 26, 2015

Udi Tirosh

Udi Tirosh is an entrepreneur, photography inventor, journalist, educator, and writer based in Israel. With over 25 years of experience in the photo-video industry, Udi has built and sold several photography-related brands. Udi has a double degree in mass media communications and computer science.

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You know that old saying, “Take nothing but pictures, Leave nothing but footprints, Kill nothing but time”, it is the motto of Baltimore Grotto (caving society) and something most nature photographers live by. It shows both respect for nature and respect for fellow photographer.

What is the opposite of this motto? Singaporean magazine Mothership reports that they received a video allegedly showing bird photographers stuffing live fish with air and styrofoam so they stay afloat and bait endangered Grey-headed Fish Eagles. Once the eagle came closer for the helpless-yes-very-close fish, they could snap some very cool photos of the eagle.

Bird magazine 10,000 birds explains this cruel method of taking a photo:

The purpose of using bait was to be able to capture action shots of the bird swooping in for the kill. Doing so, however, presented a few problems. First, the fish had to be alive and struggling otherwise the fish eagles would ignore it. Second, the fish needed to be afloat at the water’s surface so the photographers would know where to point their lenses in anticipation of an eagle’s approach.

These photographers came up with an utterly horrifying solution: A photographer used a twig he picked off the ground to stuff pieces of white material into the fish’s mouth. These were polystyrene foam chunks (also known as styrofoam), used to ensure that the fish does not sink but instead remains afloat on the water’s surface. #

Styrofoam is obviously bad for the fish, but it is also deadly for the animal that eats it. According to Mothership, the population of breeding grey-headed fish eagles in Singapore is under 20 individual eagles, so using a method that may kill an eagle just makes me cringe.

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15 responses to “Just NO! Photographers Stuff Styrofoam into Fish to Bait Eagle For Better Photos”

  1. Nadine Lianne Spires Avatar
    Nadine Lianne Spires

    Faces shouldn’t be hidden, I would want to know who those….idiots are and whether or not they were arrested.

  2. Matt Nicki Lautemann Avatar
    Matt Nicki Lautemann

    Oh my word. People can really suck. These are some serious losers; not only as photographers but as humans. They give earthlings a bad name and I can only hope they will somehow get what they deserve.

  3. Larry Carr Avatar
    Larry Carr

    Proof that humans are a cancer to this planet and its inhabitants. We destroy everything in our path even at the cost of our own existence.

    1. Stepan Maxa Avatar
      Stepan Maxa

      So please kill yourself, if you are cancer to this planet. Be the first brave!

      1. Just one more Avatar
        Just one more

        It was a pure thought but, yours is really mean… Or you are one of the photographers poisoning animals just to get the credit for a good image, if you are not one of them, I don’t understand how after reading such of story you don’t feel the same as Larry Carr did expressing it.

        1. Stepan Maxa Avatar
          Stepan Maxa

          I’m mean? Are you kidding me?! He said “humans are cancer” and “we destroy everything” and I am mean? Are you joking or just stupid?
          Humankind did great things, one retard maybe killed small fish and suddenly “humans are cancer”. If so, please kill yourself too. Help the planet!

          1. Just one more Avatar
            Just one more

            Still your new comment is totally imbalanced a lot of anger, insults and telling some one to kill himself… Please stop focusing on the “Humans are a cancer” and focus on the rest which is quite truth like: We do destroy in our path at the cost of our own existence just to get what we want in that moment. These so called photographers are poisoning an animal on danger of extinction just to get credits and some coins, they could wait a few hours to let the eagle hunt by itself and take the same pictures but, no… Lets do it the fast way and get the coins. You just focus on 4 words of a whole sentence to tell someone to kill himself. Chill out man!

          2. Stepan Maxa Avatar
            Stepan Maxa

            Anger? Not even close bro :)
            If someone think humans are cancer to this planet, he should be the first to commit suicide. Logic. He know he is cancer, so he should remove trat cancer. Easy

  4. Sandy Hansen Avatar
    Sandy Hansen

    Just like the paparazzi they’ll go to any lengths to get the perfect photo for the money!

  5. Júlia Avatar
    Júlia

    idiots and that is being nice

  6. Jean Murphy Avatar
    Jean Murphy

    That’s as bad as shooting lions tigers and elephants for fun

  7. Mark Davis Avatar
    Mark Davis

    SO, are we saying there are some real dummies in the Singapore area?

  8. Cy Cox Avatar
    Cy Cox

    Not surprising. More photographers than most might think are willing to do ANYTHING for the perfect shot.

  9. Scott H Murray Avatar
    Scott H Murray

    That’s crap. How can hurting wildlife make you feel proud of your photograph. I love taking wildlife photos but would never ever stoop that low. And I would be reporting anyone for doing such a low act.

  10. NoBill Avatar
    NoBill

    Could those photographers sitting around taking pictures have paid those scum for guaranteed upclose pictures of the eagles?