Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Fishes on the South Cottesloe Reef (10) - The western striped trumpeters

The western striped trumpeters (Pelates octolineatus)

What a HUGE school of fish! A thousand of them? Has to be. The photo only shows part of the group.


I saw them in water that was about two meters deep. They were picking at the algae like there's no tomorrow. Anyway, with such a big number of them, I wonder if there would be a problem of "overgrazing" : )

If you remember from my earlier post, I said that if these fishes all rushed at me at the same time, I would be knocked over. I still believe that! And well, after seeing such a HUGE school of fish, I was convinced that Cottesloe REALLY IS a Fish Habitat Protection Area. It has to be.

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