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Green Sea Turtle Being Cleaned

Green Sea Turtle (Chelonia mydas), an endangered species, being cleaned by Yellow Tangs (Zebrasoma flavescens) and Gold-ring Surgeonfish (Ctenochaetus strigosus) at Turtle Towers dive site, Kona, Hawai'i.

 

This symbiotic behavior keeps the turtles free of algae and parasites while providing a food source for the fish.

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Taken on July 6, 2005