Monday, May 27, 2013

Gavin, The Photobombing Parrotfish

Lauren Yapalater over at BuzzFeed posted about Gavin earlier this week. I think I've posted before about how fish can have personalities, as crazy as that sounds. I had an aquarium and a five fin shark that actually loved cuddling. He would swim into a tunnel made with a hand cupped against the glass and just hover there, not directly touching but content to stay there. He loved swimming into the out-flowing water of the filter like it was his own swimming treadmill.

[photo: Nhobgood]

Parrotfish are a wildly coloured, heavily toothed tropical fish that use their beak like teeth to eat coral and bite rocks in half just for the hell of it. Crazy colours and protruding 'teeth' tend to make parrotfish a little clown-like and goofy.

Meet Gavin the parrotfish. He embraces the goofy and he wants to be in your picture smiling like a crazy uncle whether you want him there or not.

Gavin is a Bluebarred parrotfish

Parrotfish are closely related to Wrasse

Bluebarred parrotfish grow up to 1m and 6.5kg

Teeth in both jaws are fused into a parrot-like beak

Adults like Gavin normally swim solitary

On the Great Barrier Reef parrotfish are normally found in lagoons,
seagrass beds and reef zones 3-30m in depth

 parrotfish feed by scraping algae from the reef and coral

Vital to the reef building process because parrotfish crush rubble and dead coral into sand as they feed

Many species of parrotfish form a cocoon-like mucus
structure at night to help mask their scent for predators

Gavin is part of the Seawalker attraction on Green Island in the Great Barrier Reef, Australia.

2 comments:

Pickles said...

How adorable is Gavin?

Who named him anyway...sheesh.

iambriezy said...

This had me laughing. What a character Gavin is.