Late afternoon on a Red Sea coral reef and parrotfishes, Cetoscarus bicolor, are mating. The males - green and pink in colour - swim in a small areas with the mouth gaping open, sometimes rising towards the surface in an attempt to attract a mate. Eventually a female - brown in colour - approaches and they synchronise their swimming. They swim quickly next to each other and the gametes are expelled. Then the fishes swerve away from each other, making a vortex in the water column behind them where the eggs and sperm swirl and mix. Sanganeb Reef, central Red Sea. (de)


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Late afternoon on a Red Sea coral reef and parrotfishes, Cetoscarus bicolor, are mating. The males - green and pink in colour - swim in a small areas with the mouth gaping open, sometimes rising towards the surface in an attempt to attract a mate. Eventually a female - brown in colour - approaches and they synchronise their swimming. They swim quickly next to each other and the gametes are expelled. Then the fishes swerve away from each other, making a vortex in the water column behind them where the eggs and sperm swirl and mix. Sanganeb Reef, central Red Sea. (de)
Credit to: BluePlanetArchive / Jeremy Stafford-Deitsch

Image dimensions: 3600x2400