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Rainbow Parrotfish cruising today.

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Robbiel

Thanks YO, I enjoy reading info from others too.

Thanks Robbie. I love this series with all the background information.

Robbiel

They are fun to watch Hanne, they just glide through the water effortlessly, thanks.

Hi Jiggy, well they were there before us, they were almost wiped out by over fishing here. They are now protected and numbers are growing again. The cruise ships do more damage to our reefs than anything else. When I was snorkeling out the north channel a few years ago the reefs were covered in sandy silt and the coral was dying. Such a shame. Thanks.

JiggyBelle

The are so gorgeous and come in lots of lovely color combinations. However, they do a lot of damage to the reef. When you are underwater, you can actually hear them chomping away at it! Of course, people are much more harmful to the reefs.! Thanks for posting this lovely photo!

Elfie

Must be awfully fun to watch!! Thanks so very much Robbie!!

Robbiel

They are fascinating Shirley, thanks.

They taste soft Lela, thanks.

Thanks chickie.

Sure does chooks, thanks.

Welcome treker.

Thanks JC.

Thanks Graci.

They are Celeste, thanks.

They eat the algae from the coral gem. They actually take chunks off the coral and ingest it, then filter the sandy matter out. If you're in the water while they are eating you can hear them go chomp, chomp and it is loud. Thanks.

Thanks Morris.

Nothing wrong with that Jacques, so do I, thanks.

They sure are PK, thanks.

Thanks Rob, they sure are!

robryan

Terrific shot Robbie - they are noisy chompers too!!

pkin38

Very pretty fish......

jacquescamus

I love only one kind of fish, well cooked and on my plate! thanks mate!

morris186

Nice one, mate!

gemstone

These eat coral, right? And yes, lovely...tropical fish and birds are so colourful. :)

CelesteH

Wow so colorful
Cool looking fish

Graciela

Beautiful Robbie and very interesting!

jcarroll

Great photo and wonderful lesson about this amazing fish!

treker

Interesting indeed, Thanks Robbi

chookies

If only I was a Rainbow Parrotfish - it sounds like a good life!!!

chickiemama

Wow Robbie. Very interesting!

lelabugosi

So....they go to school, make their own sleeping-bags, and frequently change sex.......is there any more we should know?.......

shirley68

Wow, Thanks so much for this Robbie, he is beautiful, I knew they could change gender, but there is so much more to learn about fish, so fasinating, Thanks again Robbie.

Robbiel

These are some of our prettiest fish and we see them every day around the dock. When small it is usually a dark brown colour. As it grows these pretty colours appear. They can grow quite large, we have seen 30 pounders and they travel in schools as many as 15 we have seen or cruise by on their own like this one. They can change gender several times during their lifetime. In a school if the only male dies the largest female will change gender. Some species at night can secrete a cocoon around themselves to protect them while sleeping.

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