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A perfectly albino ‘white’ Platax orbicularis ~ Orbicular Batfish sits on it’s side swimming against the current awaiting a preening by two bluestreak cleaner wrasse (Labroides dimidiatus) off the top of the Blue Water Wreck ~ South China Sea.

The genus name, “platax” was coined from the Greek term platys – meaning “flat”.

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platax, batfish, albino, cleaner wrasse, preening, cleaning station, white orb

As a Marine Scientist, Underwater Photographer, Wildlife Conservation FilmMaker & emerging Explorer ~ Nicks’ recent film “Colours of the Gulf” documented the plight of whale sharks and other marine life in the aftermath of the Gulf oil spill.

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