Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Wildlife Wednesday - Moorish Idol and Wrasse

Moorish Idol
Last of the Lord Howe Island wildlife.

I haven't found a lot of information on the Moorish Idol. The trusty Australian Museum has some info you can read here. Their info includes that Moorish Idols have a long snout which they use to feed on coralline algae and sponges in cracks and crevices. They often form pairs but are also in large schools.

The Wrasse are the second largest fish family and the Australian Museum website has lots of photos if you'd like to check them out here. I find they're the fun, friendly fish and I always enjoy diving with them. They include the Blue Grouper, which is one of my favourites.

Green Moon Wrasse
I think the remote beach photo I have here is an unnamed beach at Lord Howe Island. I took the photo from The Clear Place looking towards Blinky Point over Little Mutton Bird Ground. It was kind of wild and incredible. So different to the Lagoon and Old Settlement Beach and even Neds. And all packed into one tiny island :)

Hope you've enjoyed exploring LHI. I've loved 'virtually' going back.

Red and Green Wrasse

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