An Earth Day Plea for the Yellow Tangs and Other Endemic Fishes of Hawaii

Green Sea Turtle (Chelonia mydas), an endangered species, being cleaned by Yellow Tangs (Zebrasoma flavescens) and Gold-ring Surgeonfish (Ctenochaetus strigosus) at Turtle Towers dive site, Kona, Hawai'i. This symbiotic behavior keeps the turtles free of algae and parasites while providing a food source for the fish.

I made this plea on Earth Day in 2009, when this photo won the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s World Ocean Day Photo Contest that year, and thought I’d pitch it again today, on Earth Day. A good plea never gets tired. The photo above is of a Green Sea Turtle (Chelonia mydas), an endangered species, being […]