yellowstripe snappers parade along reef [79k]

A school of Yellowstripe Snappers parade past my dive buddy Erick, with red whip corals in the foreground.  We knew this particular dive spot off the Capone Islands well, and could always count on the same school of fish to be available nearby. This particular species of fish grows to about a foot in length, though these are only about seven inches  in length. Their numbers were well over a hundred. Also shown are a few fish of another species, lighter in color, toward the upper left near Erick.

The background appears a darker blue, since the depth was a moderately deep 80-90 feet, and the flash only illuminates objects close to the camera.

Identification: Lutjanus kasmira

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