Making the Oceans a Rainbow of Color

With over 20,000 different fish species living in the world’s oceans, saltwater bony fish are the most varied of all marine animals living in the sea. They can range in size from a 2-inch goby to the enormous ocean sun fish (or Mola mola), they can be brilliantly colorful to plain grey, can live solitary lives or school by the thousands, and can live in the shallowest of tropical waters to the coldest, deepest depths of the sea. There is no animal group on earth that can compare to the diversity of bony marine fish.

With over 20,000 different fish species living in the world’s oceans, saltwater bony fish are the most varied of all marine animals living in the sea. They can range in size from a 2-inch goby to the enormous ocean sun fish (or Mola mola), they can be brilliantly colorful to plain grey, can live solitary lives or school by the thousands, and can live in the shallowest of tropical waters to the coldest, deepest depths of the sea. There is no animal group on earth that can compare to the diversity of bony marine fish.

Tarpons are impressive, ancient ocean fish and a fun, popular catch amongst saltwater anglers.

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Ocean sunfish

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Moray eels are usually seen with their heads poking out from the reef.

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Contrary to its name, the sand eel is not an eel at all but a distinctively slim fish with a pointed snout, giving them the look of an eel.

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Snake eels are easily identifiable by their long, snake-like bodies and pointed tail and snout, plus their ability to swim backwards back into their burrows.

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The conger eel, also known as the European conger, is distributed throughout the eastern Atlantic Ocean and is particularly present in the Mediterranean Sea.

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The wolf eel is not an eel at all but one of five “wolffish“ species, having paired gill slits and pectoral fins.

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Diving with angelfish are always a special encounter as divers can often times get quite close.

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Butterflyfish are known for swimming in monogamous pairs but can sometimes be seen in large schools.

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Clownfish

If you’re lucky enough dive with clownfishes you could experience these cute little fish attempting to “attack“ you to defend their anemone.

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Barracuda are easily identifiable by their shiny, silvery color, long, snake-like body.

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Diving with trevally is an exciting experience as they offer thrilling encounters due to their large size and swift swimming abilities.

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Scorpionfish are one of the most venomous yet undetectable fish species in the sea.

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Lionfish are native to Indo-Pacific waters and are usually found hiding under ledges.

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Part of the anglerfish family, the unique frogfish could probably be voted one of the strangest-looking fish in the sea.

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Snappers are a popular food fish commonly seen trolling coral reefs and a favorite sighting amongst scuba divers.

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The beautiful and abundant surgeonfish encompasses about 75 species of reef-dwellers, commonly called tangs, unicornfish, and doctorfish.

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Sweetlips and grunts

Depending on where you are, diving with sweetlips or grunts is guaranteed throughout the coral reefs of the Atlantic and Indo-Pacific Oceans.

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With around 80 different species, the parrotfish comes in almost every color of the rainbow.

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Soldierfish are a common sighting amongst divers visiting tropical and subtropical locations and are typically seen swimming in tightly organized schools that m

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The ornately patterned triggerfish are common to the subtropical and tropical regions of the world’s oceans, with the highest species diversity

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It’s an amazing experience to dive with the enormous Napoleon wrasse.

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Highly territorial, you will typically see damselfish aggressively guarding their small area of the reef from other fish and even divers who approach too close.

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Aptly named for the two large “whiskers,“ or barbels, protruding from their chin area, goatfish are famous for these two chemosensory organs they use to hunt fo

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Tuna are the sea’s mightiest swimmers and one of its most agile predators, with a sleek, streamlined, torpedo-shaped body built for speed.

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The saltwater garfish, also commonly known as garpike or needlefish, is found in temperate and tropical brackish and marine waters.

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Not to be confused with its smaller cousin, the pufferfish, you can distinguish porcupinefish by their elongated bodies and large eyes.

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Diving with puffer fish is very enjoyable as they are quite cute.

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Boxfish, also commonly known as cowfish or trunkfish, include 23 species of square, bony fish in the Ostraciidae family.

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Garibaldi damselfish

Garibaldi are clearly distinguishable by their bright orange bodies, heart-shaped tail fins, and crystal-blue eyes.

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Trumpetfish are classic residents of the coral reef and are clearly recognizable by their tubular, skinny bodies, long snout, and wide mouth.

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Bannerfish are one of the most commonly seen fish amongst the Pacific reef community.

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Flounder are unusually shaped fish that look like a flattened oval where the dorsal and anal fins run along the entire length of the body.

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There are roughly 39 different species of emperor fish throughout the Indo-Pacific region, belonging to the Lethrinidae family.

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Ribbon moray eel (ghost eel)

Also known as the leaf-nosed moray eel or bernis eel, ribbon eels are recognizable by their long, thin bodies, high dorsal fin, and extended anterior nostr

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Panther moray eel (dragon eel)

The ornately colored dragon moray eel, also known as the leopard or panther eel, is one of the most beautiful eels in the moray family.

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