On land, such behavior might classify me as a stalker. But in the water, I’m simply a follower of fish. Hovering near a piece of coral will give glimpses of an entirely different sort of community.
Darting wrasses and tangs. Lumbering trunk fish. Flattened flounders, flying gunards and squirrelfish. Urchins and eels. Parrotfish crunching noisily on coral. Delicate jellies that will leave a stinging mark. Color changing trumpetfish and octopi that leave you blinking behind your mask, wondering if you simply imagined the sudden shift of shade.
But the hovering never lasts. Eventually, one fish fascinates enough to draw you in as its shadow.
Or sometimes, it’s a turtle! Sea turtle video on Friday…