D177. Feb 23. Barracudaaaaaaa

First, let me introduce you those five. I don’t know who they are. I don’t know what’s their family. But still, I kind of like them.

fish black and yellow fish orange fish x fish y Fish yellow white

And then come the five star fishes…

Bridled parrotfish (scarus frenatus) 47cmbridled parrotfish (scarus frenatus) – un perroquet de mer de 47cm

Bullethead parrotfish (scerus sordidus) 40cm Bulletheadbullethead parrotfish (scerus sordidus) – 40cm

Longfin... Longfin batfish (platax teira) 60cm Longfin bat...longfin batfish (platax teira) – 60cm

Masqued bannerfish (heniochus monoceros) 23cmmasqued bannerfish (heniochus monoceros) – 23cm

Moorish idol (zanclus comulus) 16cmmoorish idol (zanclus comulus) -Le zangle cornu en français – 16cm

Trumpet fish (aulostomus chinensis) 80cmtrumpet fish (aulostomus-chinensis) -80cm. Looks like a multicolor calamari somehow…

Yellow boxfish (ostracion cubicus) 45cmyellow boxfish (ostracion cubicus) -45cm

And just as I was coming back to the boat, exhausted by two hours of snorkeling and fighting with the waves, I got to see that:

Barracuda (sphyrena genie) 100 cmA barracuda !!! One meter long (shyrena genie) !!! Very impressive. I didn’t get to see his jaws, apparently threatening…

D177. Feb 23. Great barrier Reef

Today was the day: the Great Barrier Reef. Underneath, under those green waters, an amazing ecosystem is waiting for me…Capture d’écran 2014-02-23 à 12.17.10

It is 30 km from Cairns, more than two hours of catamaran.Capture d’écran 2014-02-23 à 12.18.45

It can be seen from outer space, it’s the world’s biggest single structure made by living organisms. And i’m there!Stefanius 158 cm

It is stretching for over 2,600 km (1,600 mi) over an area of approximately 344,400 square km (133,000 sq mi). Put together, it would cover the surface of Germany…

Elephant ear (sarcophyton sp.)  Here comes the elephant ear (sarcophyton)…

gaudi coral This one looks like a Gaudi creation, don’t you think ?

Capture d’écran 2014-02-23 à 10.41.14

Boring clam (tridacna crocea)And this one is a boring clam (tridacna-crocea). Weird, isn’t it ?

One of my favorites remains this one, even though we’ve already seen it in the Bali and Philippines shores…

Blue sea star (linckia laevigata) 25cmThe blue sea star (linckia laevigata); measuring 25cm.

I’ll publish an image gallery of fishes a bit later today… They were everywhere…