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Whitsundays Common Fish

Look for the beautiful Harlequin Sweetlips in caves, cracks and swim throughs or under big plate coral. This is a shy fish named after his most obvious feature. If you are lucky, you might find the famous "disco dancer". Those are the juvenile sweetlips, usually spotted inside a patch of stag horn coral or in any other good hiding place they are very colourful and they never stop moving in their flaps real quick way that looks like a crazy dance and gave them their name.

Emperor are usually found over sandy areas adjacent to reefs where they forage for crabs, sand dollars, fish and other bottom-dwelling organisms. The Red Emperor is one of the oldest fish in the reef living up to 50 years old. Juveniles live in shallow water seagrass beds and mangroves, moving offshore as they grow. Sex changes from female to male occur as the emperor grows.

Parrot fish are one of the only fish species to sleep during the night by forming a cocoon-like mucus structure at night, making them harder for nocturnal predators to find. The most common parrot fish around the Whitsunday's is the Six Banded Parrot Fish.

This is a large group of fish ranging from the small, colourful basslets to the large Queensland groupers.  The most common Cod around the Whitsundays are Honeycomb Cod, Coral Cod, Barramundi Cod and Potato Cod.


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