The Cleaning Station

 

Mystery object - any guesses?

Mystery object – any guesses?

First up – who knows what this is? Answer at the bottom!

Some photos today from one of the many cleaning stations in the aquatic reserve. With fish lining up one after another the resident cleaner wrasse were kept busy. Fish assume an oblique prone position to display their intentions, on which signal the cleaner wrasse move in. They scan the whole body, mouth, even under gill covers looking for parasites, dead skin, or clean up infected wounds.

Meanwhile nearby an isopod appears to be investigating the eye of a wobbegong. This might even be a parasitic type that has found a soft part of the wobbegong to attach to.

The answer to the mystery object ….. Wobbegong Shark “whiskers”, skin lobes on the bottom jaw

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