Me with Humphead Wrasse, Great Barrier Reef

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    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)

    See more at en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Humphead_wrasse

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    1. Sweetstuff "Candy" 66 months ago | reply

      I would have been right there with Mary Ellen! This is my thing! You lucky couple! Awesome shots!

    2. Lynette MT 66 months ago | reply

      Cool shots. Is that fish as huge as it looks or is that a photo trick?

    3. brewbooks 65 months ago | reply

      Thanks both of you, we had a great time, just now getting the photos organized a bit.

    4. hender10 54 months ago | reply

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