Scientific name: Scarus psittacus
Size: Up to 11.8 inches
Color: Turquoise to green
Distinguishing feature: Scales with a pink sign, blue / green on the head, white teeth visible
Where did we see it: Bali and Gili, Zanzibar, French polynesia, Mexico, Mayotte, Maldives
During night, the parrotfish surrounds itself with a transparent mucus. It serves as protection: repulsive against parasites but it also prevents predators to olfactory find it.
This concon takes between 30 minutes and one hour to build each night.
You have to be very careful about this mucus when diving at night. Putting your torch on the mucus can disrupt the fish. Following the destruction of the mucus and a state of stress, the parrot will return to find shelter and build his mucus again.
So be careful when diving at night please!
The whale shark is the largest fish in the world!
Some whales are larger, but they are mammals, not fish!
Turtles are in economy mode when they are sleeping. If they are woken during night, they may not have enough air to return to surface.
So, please be careful during night dives!
Parrotfish create a protective envelope around them when they are sleeping.
So, don't put the light on them during night dive to don't to wake them up and break this envelope.