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Goldentail | by Seth Patterson
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One of the most exciting things about exploring coral reefs is peering back into the many dark crevasses to see what lurks within. Most of the time they are filled with colorful cleaning shrimp or a shy squirrelfish but often you peak in only to find yourself face to face with a menacing moray. Of course the imposing opening and closing of their mouths is just their means of breathing and they are really quite timid, more often that not they quickly retreat back into their lair. Nonetheless, always neat to see!

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Taken on December 25, 2011