Juvenile harlequin sweetlips (Plectorhinchus chaetodonoides) are such clever ‘Bali babies’!
Ever wondered why they swim so erratically, as if they don’t know which direction is which!? Well they know exactly what they’re doing – they mimic the movements of poisonous flatworm that can also sometimes be seen floating in the water column (when they’re not ‘blindly’ crawling along the coral reef!) Fish are born fairly independent and fend for themselves as soon as their egg hatches. That’s why evolution has bestowed upon the little species of grunt (that’s its family name!…) to develop mimicry defences for its best chance at survival from being helpless prey to predators.
Bali Dream Divers’ PADI Pros sometimes look upon the juvenile fish as the ‘superstar’ of a dive, and will always get their divers’ attention to ‘ooh and aah’ over it! So, get into the Tulamben waters this 2017, which is the doorstep of our bungalow villa accommodation; and go look for the juvenile harlequin sweetlips under the supervision of our experienced local PADI dive guides on one of our ‘Stay & Dive’ packages!