Napoleon Fish (Red Sea)

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    This wonderful fish (Cheilinus undulatus) is in danger due to wild fishing. In Philippines and Indonesia they even use cyanide to catch them alive (killing the rest of fish in the reef in the process); then they are transported to luxury restaurants in Hong Kong and customers can choose the one they prefer from a fishtank. Shame!

    A huge honor: this picture was picked up by WWF to illustrate their file of endangered species,

    leolima, horitzons inesperats, and 20 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. dachalan 106 months ago | reply

      Lovely shot!

      Where in the Red Sea was this?

    2. alfonsator 106 months ago | reply

      I don't remember the name of the reef. It was taken in the southern route, in some point between Marsa Alam and Sataya Reef, in September 2004.

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    4. Sandra Leidholdt 95 months ago | reply

      Beautiful fish!
      I saw this magnificent wildlife image in Born Free, Living Free , a group dedicated to the photography of wildlife in their natural habitat.

    5. DreamzInColor 89 months ago | reply

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    6. (((Daniel))) [deleted] 87 months ago | reply

      Great shot!

    7. skygirlyne buzzybuzzy 84 months ago | reply

      There is actually a very big Napoleon fish in Ras Mohammed too (Yolanda reef) . The previous one was dead because of obesity and cholesterol : the divers gave too much eggs to this very peacefull fish...
      (Japanese people are very cruel with a lot of fishes and other animals...)

    8. ripcurl_lass 75 months ago | reply

      Hello Alfonsator,

      We're from an advertising agency here in the Philippines and we are currently doing a print ad for a non-profit organization that aims to conserve the reefs. We think your photo (Napoleon fish) could perfectly visualize our advocacy message.

      Hence, we would like to ask permission to use your photo (Napoleon fish) and feature it on a print ad.

      I'll be waiting for your feedback.
      Please email at

      Thank you so much.


    9. GooThing1 72 months ago | reply

      Great shot! Arrent napoleon wrasses pretty!

    10. herp-a-derp with a smurf 68 months ago | reply

      my sister caught one of these on animal crossing! they are sweet looking fish.

    11. with the sound of music 56 months ago | reply

      Wonderful photograph! Such a prehistoric looking fish...
      I became vegetarian about 2 years ago - before that it was fish that I found difficult to give up (I'd given up meat years ago.) Stories like this make me so glad I finally managed to do it.... We do not need to be eating our fellow creatures, especially given the wastage of our fishing practices, and especially ones that are endangered.....

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