Behavior - Manuel Cabanillas


Manuel Cabanillas (aka scuba manu)

Underwater Photography

CLEANING STATION

Tiger Grouper (Mycteroperca tigris) being cleaned by Caribbean Neon Gobies (Elacatinus lobeli) and a juvenile Spanish Hogfish (Bodianus rufus), Roatan, Honduras
Nice example of a symbiotic relationship : on these "cleaning stations", tiny cleaner fishes will help bigger specimens get rid of dead skin and parasites.
You can observe tiny brownish parasites on the lower jaw of this grouper, gathering there as they try to flee from chasing gobies.
Olympus OMD EM5 MkII, 12-50 Lens open @35mm, Nauticam Housing, Dual Inon Z-240 Strobes. Settings 1/125, f/10, ISO320

UnderWater PicturesManuel CabanillasHondurasRoatanWest End Wall