Angelfish and Butterflyfish abound!

Despite somewhat murky conditions Shelly Beach had some surprises for divers today. Bicolour angelfish swimming with their cousins the Keyhole angelfish, vibrant Orange Basslets, two uncommon wrasse, the pixie and black-backed, and a beautiful Weedy Seadragon. The photo looks like it is sick, but in fact it was feeding off mysid shrimp in this position. This individual has been in the vicinity for a few months now, identifiable by a missing appendage on the head. Majestic Moorish idols cruised past the shallows in pairs and there were at least 5 species of Butterflyfish to be found, the highlight being 3-4 Dot Dash Butterflyfish that I have only ever seen once before in the aquatic reserve.

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