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Me with Humphead Wrasse, Great Barrier Reef

We took a trip out to the Great Barrier Reef and did some snorkeling. Mary Ellen is a much better snorkeller than me. We both spent over 4 hours in the water and we were quite relaxed (OK we were tired) after. It was an amazing experience.


These photos were from a diving photographer, and they are a little bit rigged. But - they are much better than anything I was going to be able to capture, so I could resist buying them.


This fish is a humphead or Maori Wrasse (Cheilinus undulatus). It's found on coral reefs in the Indo-Pacific region. One interesting fact - Humphead wrasse are protogynous hermaphrodites, with some members of the population becoming male at approximately 9 years old. (protogyny—female function precedes male function)


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Uploaded on October 17, 2009