Crunchy parrotfish

This is, I think, an initial phase bullethead parrotfish. Parrotfish can go through several phases and look quite different in each one. Some also change sex.

So why is this titled ‘crunchy parrotfish?’ Well, I was watching this fish feed and when it feeds, it uses that big, white-rimmed beak to scrape algae and coral polys off the rocks. While it was doing so, I could clearly hear the quite loud crunching noise it made.

9 thoughts on “Crunchy parrotfish

    1. Graham Post author

      I’ve heard the sound before, but on this day there were no waves and no other people in the water. It was just me and the fish, and the parrotfish was making a good deal of noise!

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      1. naturebackin

        It is amazing how sound carries under water when conditions are right. I hadn’t thought about parrotfish making crunching noises until now. What a kind of intimate insight to actually hear it!

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        1. Graham Post author

          Sounds do carry. I took this photo in the same area as the mooring buoy photo I ran a couple of days later, and that chain clanking was very distinct and quite ominous.

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