Using its sharp pointy teeth to bite off these pests, the cleaner wrasse gives the surgeon fish
some relief and dines at the same time.
Two pointy-nosed grey surgeon fish
, a huge multi-coloured parrot fish and a white oval moon fish were gutted and sizzling away on a smoky grill, fired by flotsam wood, baked bone-dry in the scorching Pacific sun.
The fresh algae and plankton is a huge draw for species such as giant Napoleon wrasse, blue surgeon fish
, clown triggerfish, collared butterfly fish, groupers, moray eels and turtles.
264) so they would enable recovery of the parrot fish and surgeon fish
that formerly backed up urchins in algae management.
The dead fish have been described as predominantly adult reef fish, including snapper, parrot fish and ocean surgeon fish