Another warm welcome…

WetRez Cameras has welcomed another new photographer to our team this month! After a patch of terrible weather to really throw her in the deep end, Celeste is now fully trained and enjoying her work on board Compass Cruises. The sun is shining and the wind has dropped – what is not to love about going out to the Great Barrier Reef everyday?!

Take a look at this collection of great images taken by our team and don’t forget to get out there and start taking lots of your own!

Barrier Reef Anemonefish, WetRez Cameras, Cairns

The Barrier Reef Anemonefish live together in a social structure within a single anemone. A dominant female is the largest member of the group, and her mate, the dominant male, the second largest. There are also up to four lower-ranking males. There is little aggression from the large female toward the males, but fierce in-fighting between the males maintains the pecking order. The lowest ranking male may be driven out and forced to seek a place in a group within another anemone host or die. If the female dies, the dominant male assumes her position within the hierarchy and over the course of a few days changes sex. In the wild they may live 6–10 years, but captive species have survived for 18 years.

Napoleon Maori Wrasse, WetRez Cameras, Cairns

The Napoleon Wrasse, also known as the Humphead Wrasse or Maori Wrasse, is a very large wrasse mainly found in coral reefs across the Indo-Pacific region. Napoleon Wrasse are protogynous hermaphrodites, meaning that they can change sex, but only from female to male. The reasons for this change are not fully understood, but it has been noted to occur when males are in short supply, and so a female – often around the age of 8 to 10 years old – will turn into a male to fill the void.

Striped Surgeonfish, WetRez Cameras, Cairns

The Striped Surgeonfish is one of the most beautiful of the surgeonfishes and also one of the most aggressive. It exhibits fluorescent blue and yellow lateral lines on the head and sides of the body, while the ventrum is white. It is capable of instantaneous color change. For example, the head will become dark and the body pale when it attacks intruders. This species is most prevalent in shallow water on the reef flat, reef crest and reef face.

Butterfly Fish, WetRez Cameras, Cairns

Butterflyfish are regulars on the Great Barrier Reef. They are well known for their dazzling colors and body patterns, plus the unusual flitting swimming movements that have earned them their name. Many butterflyfish have a dark band that runs from the top of the head, through the eye and onto the chin. This band—or patch—hides the eye from view, and helps to protect it from attack. In addition, many butterflyfish have one or more spots that look like eyes, either on their bodies or the dorsal (back) or caudal (tail) fins. These false eyes or eyespots help draw the attention of attackers away from the real eyes, also helping to protect the fish.

Thank you to Celeste Charlney and Shane Morgan for these wonderful photos.

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