Parrotfish asleep, Wakatobi National Park, Indonesia

Erik Schlogl

Randwick, Australia

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Bullethead Parrotfish (Chlorurus sordidus) asleep amongst soft coral, Karang Kapota Reef, Indonesia. It has spun a mucous cocoon around itself – a behaviour that scientists have long assumed protects the fish from nocturnal predators such as moray eels. However, recent research suggests that the purpose of the cocoon is to protect against blood-sucking aquatic parasites – much like a mosquito net.

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Nikon D300s, 60mm Micro Nikkor, ISO 200, f/36 at 1/250 sec in RAW, Seacam housing, two Seacam flashes.

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