Alex Mustard - Big Mouth

Alex Mustard - Big Mouth

This large super male napoleon wrasse (super male means he started life as a female, but is now a extra large, dominant male) was forraging on the reef while I was photographing him. Suddenly he turned towards me and yawned in a classic threat display. I was slightly concerned for a second, as I've never seen any aggression from this species, until I realised that there was another large male behind me and moments later this fellow raced off in pursuit, keen to drive the intruder from his territory.

Location: Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt

Posted on 13.07.2013
Photo info - 02.07.2010: NIKON D700, 16 mm, ISO 400, f 10, 1/160 sec, flash: fired
Tags: Alex Mustard Cheilinus undulatus coral reef Egypt napoleon wrasse Red Sea underwater wildlife photography
Alex Mustard - Big Mouth

Alex Mustard - Big Mouth

This large super male napoleon wrasse (super male means he started life as a female, but is now a extra large, dominant male) was forraging on the reef while I was photographing him. Suddenly he turned towards me and yawned in a classic threat display. I was slightly concerned for a second, as I've never seen any aggression from this species, until I realised that there was another large male behind me and moments later this fellow raced off in pursuit, keen to drive the intruder from his territory.

Location: Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt

Posted on 13.07.2013
Photo info - 02.07.2010: NIKON D700, 16 mm, ISO 400, f 10, 1/160 sec, flash: fired
Tags: Alex Mustard Cheilinus undulatus coral reef Egypt napoleon wrasse Red Sea underwater wildlife photography