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Photographer: Paul Osmond  (see this users gallery)

Known by many names, such as the Humphead Wrasse and the Maori Wrasse, this is a large terminal or adult phase Napoleon Wrasse (Cheilinus undulatus) swimming in clear blue water next to the famous wreck of the SS Yongala off the coast of Townsville in Queensland, Australia.
In this phase the head hump fully developed and the diagonal stripes under the eyes are becoming less present. Also the coloration becomes brighter with maze like patterns across the body.
Full adults of this species can grow as large as 7 feet in size.
The SS Yongala was a passenger ferry that sunk with all hands off the coast of Townsville in Queensland, Australia on March 23rd 1911. Since then it has become one of the premier dive sites in the world and has been designated as a protected national site by the Australian Government under the Historic Shipwrecks Act 1976

· Date: Sat March 17, 2007 · Reference ID: 500/22007-01-02_08-56-23 · Views: 21671 ·
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Humpback Whale - Megaptera novaeangliae
Paul Osmond

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