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Fishes Feeding – Reef Life of the Andaman – Part 19

Fishes Feeding – Reef Life of the Andaman – Part 19


The jellyfish’s sting is no guarantee of its own survival. This Australian spotted jellyfish at Racha Yai comes under attack from a scrawled filefish. Once a jellyfish has lost its defenses, a free-for-all invariably ensues. Rainbow runners dart by, but this feeding frenzy like many others is led by streaked spinefoots. Although the opportunistic spinefoots have a taste for jellyfishes, they are normally herbivores. Here they join a shoal of Singapore parrotfish in search of food. The top of the reef is covered in a layer of nutritious algae which the marauders devour en masse. Here at East of Eden bluefin trevally team up with goldsaddle goatfish to hunt the reef for small fishes. Smalltooth emperors join the gang too. The emperors’ skin takes on dark blotches while feeding, but soon fades to a neutral color when the fish resume swimming. At Racha Noi this school of mullet makes an impressive sight. In rapid time the fish scoops a mouthful of sand from the seabed, filters out edible organic matter, and then spits out the unwanted sand. The defensive tactics of titan triggerfish when protecting their nest have won the respect of many divers. When feeding they can be an impressive sight too, their powerful jaws enabling them to tackle even large chunks of stony coral. On the wonderful plateau south of Koh Tachai this triggerfish’s feeding has attracted an array of hangers-on that would do any aquarium proud. Everything from tangs to moorish idols joins the throng, hoping to pick up some of the triggerfish’s scraps or find some food for themselves. The discovery of this broken mussel at Anemone Reef has sparked another feeding frenzy and a similar variety of reef fishes get involved in the scrap. Blackspotted puffers often stand by at such gatherings. Their lack of agility and awkward shape put them at a disadvantage to other fishes. Here at Richelieu Rock, however, this blackspotted puffer has less competition and pecks away at the base of a small anemone while avoiding its sting. The pufferfish retracts it’s lips as it bites so only its bony beak makes contact. Trumpetfish often ride above a larger host such as this porcupinefish, allowing them to sneak up on small prey such as damselfishes that are not preyed upon by the larger host itself. Trumpetfish sometimes craftily conceal themselves within a school of fish such as these yellowfin goatfish. The trumpetfish is much faster than the goatfish and can lunge out of the school to catch unsuspecting prey. Banded sea kraits are one of the most venomous creatures on the planet…

28 comments on “Fishes Feeding – Reef Life of the Andaman – Part 19

  1. The following captions/subtitles are available by clicking the CC button under the video:
    – English narration
    – German narration
    – Spanish narration
    – English (+ scientific names) names of the marine life and dive sites
    – German (+ scientific names) names of the marine life and dive sites
    - Dutch (+ scientific names) names of the marine life and dive sites
    Please get in touch if you would like to help with other languages.

  2. The video is really facinating. This shows the power and arrangement of the Creator Who feeds His creations everywhere even in the deep sea and all are living peacefully. Man should learn from this.

  3. Watch the full 2-hour documentary at: Reef Life of the Andaman (full marine biology documentary) … Coral reefs, tropical fish, sharks, stingrays, marine life, shipwrecks etc. from Thailand and Burma.

  4. ปลากินแมงกระพรุนไม่ได้เพราะว่าแมงกระพรุนมีพิษ

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