Eastern Blue Devil (Paraplesiops bleekeri)

The eastern blue devil is a secretive reef fish, usually found hiding under ledges or in caves, and favouring slightly cooler water, so often seen at greater depths. It is one of the few protected species in NSW due to its scarcity.

It is also my dive buddy Matt’s favourite fish so we were both excited to see this one out in the open today. It’s striking colouration makes it popular with those underwater photographers lucky enough to find them.

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