AKA the tongue eating louse
This parasite enters fish through the gills, and then attaches itself to the fish's tongue.
It proceeds to eat the tongue and replace it as the fish grows, stealing nutrients whenever the host eats.
Ruthless little bastards.
This is a French Angelfish. 🇫🇷👼🐠
Scientific name: Pomacanthus paru 🤓⠀
•They start young! ☝🏻Did you know a young French angelfish has a unique “job” to perform in the ocean? It eats parasites that are using a number of other fish as hosts.😝
•It also changes color as it ages. When it is young, it is black with five vertical yellow bars; but as it ages, it loses the bars. Its black scales develop yellow edges. 🖤💛
•Interesting fact: Each male defends a territory containing 2–5 females. He performs courtship displays and nuzzles the female at times. 👫💏
Size: Average 10–14 in (25–36 cm)⠀
Depth: 10–330 ft (3–100 m)⠀
Diet: Sponges, algae, brine shrimp, and squid 🌱🦐🦑⠀
Habitat: Coral reefs in the Atlantic Ocean 🌊🙋🏻♀️
This is what its all about...doing epic things with epic people, the photos are just a bonus! @jeanlouis_lebreux and I followed this little guy for a good few hours and he showed us some patches of reef we didn't know existed. Trust your local tour guides! 📸 @jeanlouis_lebreux
The peace and tranquility you find under the ocean is something you can’t explain but rather experience. The quietness with just the sound of your bubbles heading to surface, cold salty water against your skin and the marine life going about their usual day brings me such joy and happiness.
Diving in Galapagos was amazing and the experience of diving with so many Hammerhead Sharks was just outstanding! We will always remember how memorable our trip was. Galápagos Islands are definitely one of the best places to dive in the world!