Angelfish

 

 
Imperial angelfish juvenile imperial angel
Imperial Angelfish, exotic, stunning, brilliant. I love seeing them in the wild. Angelfish have a very conspicuous cheek spine on the gill cover. This oine was taken on a night dive in 1987 on the Great Barrier Reef off Townsville. This juvenile Imperial Angelfish lived at Split Solitary Island for a most of 2008. After two huge storms early in 2009, it disappeared, as did most of the small reef fish. The massive pounding swells broke up most of the corals . Lots of fish lost their shelter and were forced to escape. I did notice that there were plenty of big fat hunting pelagic fish. Putting two and two together ...
Semi Circular Angelfish
Semi circular Angelfish, Pomacanthus semi-circulatus is another coral reef beauty. The juveniles have a distinct blue black and white semicircular pattern. They are rarely seen because they hide deep inside caves and crevices. This Regal Angelfish, Pygoplites diacanthus, is being groomed by a Cleaner Wrasse.