National Geographic : 1973 Apr
Drama of entrapment: To make these first-of-a -kind photographs, David Doubi let set a well-baited pot in front of remote-controlled television and still cameras and flooded the site with red light, invisible to the noc turnal scavengers. With the TV as his underwater eyes, he patiently monitored the scene for more than a month to record the sequence here and on the following pages. Lured by fish trimmings secured on a bait spike in a trap, two lobsters approach (middle). One probes un derneath while the other investigates the entrance in the netted funnel-like "head." Once through this gateway, slanted to hamper escape, the scavenger finds itself in the "kitchen," where the bait rests. Unaware of peril, the creature treats its prison as a territorial pos session, guarding the en trance to keep out intruders (bottom). It may nibble on the bait, but sooner or later it seeks a way out. The easiest exit a second opening, at upper right-seals the lobster's fate by leading it into the "parlor," a baitless rear chamber. Still laden with bait, the kitchen remains a magnet for other unsuspect ing victims.