Already, the barren area around the artificial reef has become home to 32 species of fish including damselfish, butterfly fish
, lizardfish, thread fin beams, rabbitfish, cardinal fish and lion fish.
Some, like butterfly fish
and wrasses, are less distressed by pressure reduction, but others, like wrasse basslets and jawfish, are quite susceptible.
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Guests are led by a professional diver to encounter colourful coral and coral fishes, such as Shy Butterfly fish
, Painted Triggerfish, Blue-stripped Snapper, fusilier and angelfish.
Other finds may include trumpet fish, groupers, butterfly fish
and wrasse and, if lucky, the guide may be able to find some turtles; further afield dolphins have been known to visit.
First, engage students by having them investigate the Goliath Grouper Epinephelus uqjara, and the two fish with which it will be compared: the snook Centropomis undecimalis, and the longjaw butterfly fish
i overcome my fear of the choppy water to go snorkelling, and spot an array of marine life including parrotfish, angelfish, barracudas and butterfly fish
There were fish of every hue gliding past us in groups--green blue parrotfish, yellow Angel fish, Butterfly fish
, sea horses and other marine life.
Well, if marine life interests you, rest assured that shipwrecks usually become an artificial reef that provide many kinds of aquatic creatures - including butterfly fish
, trevallies and sea anemones - with a habitat.
Global connect Majors and the other eight volunteers, including Omani, German, Japanese, Hungarian and British nationals, each of whom paid to be a part of the expedition, spent the first couple of days being trained as reef checkers, which included learning what "indicator species" to look for, including fish such as Snapper, Butterfly fish
, Sweetlips, Grouper, Parrot fish, Moray eels and several others, and invertebrates like urchins, clams and lobsters.
FAMILY OF PERCENT OF SPECIES SPECIES THREATENED Butterfly fish
0 Marine turtle 100 Eagle ray 50 Pelican 13 Damsel fish Hammerhead shark 57 Sea horse 43 Puffer fish 13 Source: McClenachan et al, 2011
We saw turtles, a giant purple jellyfish (which I couldn't swim away fast enough from), butterfly fish
, triggerfish, sweetlips and harmless sharks.