Juvenile fishes. Part 11 of my documentary, "Mucky Secrets", about the fascinating marine creatures of the Lembeh Strait in Indonesia.
The sheltered conditions make the Lembeh Strait a successful nursery, and juvenile fishes can be seen everywhere. First we encounted the bright orange and white coloration of a young spotted parrotfish, Cetoscarus ocellatus. Previously, all specimens bearing this pattern were thought to be of a species commonly known as the bicolor parrotfish (Cetoscarus bicolor), but those are now deemed to be local to the Red Sea. In later life it undergoes a dramatic change in coloration.
22nd June 2014