Some scenery. Fire coral down in front, then a Gorgonian, then fire coral again, in a different shape, with a wine colored Rope Sponge that's shaped like a blob instead of a rope.
A little Wrass, darting by in front of that misbehaving sponge. Sponges have holes, yes.
And another brownish Gorgonian down in front. This one has white polyps lined up along of the sides of its' branches.
This Fire Coral is shaped like fingers, the white is the growing part. Aptly named stuff, it will give you a burn that stings for several hours if you bump into it. So just don't bump into it.
The yellow wrasses in these photos are all smaller females, his "harem"
If there are all females from birth, there are lots more eggs, and a better chance for a decent population.
The males do have to work hard herding around their females and try to keep them from running off in a different herd. As many as 30 to a herd.
On his cheek is a thing called an Isopod. Hitchhiking, and getting free food left over from what the fish eats. They hang on with sharp claws and must be uncomfortable. The fish might eventually scrape it off, and then it'll grab the next fish.
OK, a mild rainy day here in Paradise. The car has happy feet, the flat tire is fixed, and the storm named Erika didn't grow into a bad beastie, just getting light rain at the moment. A dive planned for tomorrow, and some more photos for you!
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