Napolean Wrasse

I’ve always thought that I never cared for fish.  I didn’t like to eat them, didn’t like to see them, etc, until I saw those giant Arapaimas in Beijing Zoo.  The next thing I knew, I found this picture of a Napolean Wrasse on the Internet.  Then I realized that I just don’t care for fish that aren’t big enough.

Napolean Wrasse, AKA Maori or Humphead Wrasse, is a fairly common resident in aquariums.  Swimming in tanks near Nemo (Clown Fish) and Dory (Blue Tang), this fish is identified by its semi-shiny blue colors and retarded appearance (not an official description…):

Although all aquariums I’ve been to have this fish at 1-2 feet in length, according to Wikipedia it can grow up to 6 feet.  But apparently that’s not a hard limit.  Check out this following photograph:

That thing is massive!  To its left is a diver; and unless he’s a midget, this fish’s gotta be over 10 feet in length!  Yeah I’d be scared to swim with that thing, but big fish is so cool!

Here’s the photographer’s (Russian) blog.

1 Comment

  • Ariel

    December 7, 2008 at 12:41 am

    the fish looks reallli retarded in the second picture