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Surgeonfish, Vatu-i-Ra, Fiji Islands, 2005

Photo: Yellow surgeonfish over reef

The eye-catching yellow of a surgeonfish draws attention to its unique shape as it swims effortlessly over a coral reef in the Fiji Islands. Yellows and blues dominate the coloring of reef fish, in large part because those colors blend in with the reef background—at least from the fish’s point of view.

(Photo shot on assignment for, but not published in, "One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish: Why Are Coral Reefs So Colorful?" May 2005, National Geographic magazine)

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Photograph by Tim Laman

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