Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Parrotfish, Waikiki, Hawaii. Male parrotfish looking for coral and algae to chew on. They are responsibe for much of the white sand on Hawaiian beaches as they crush, eat and excrete coral as part of their daily diet. At night they sleep in holes in the reef, wrapping themselves in a opalescent mucous cocoon. For you fish-eaters, they are esteemed for their delicate, flakey white meat and, in Hawaii, are often steamed and topped with hot spiced oil and soy sauce.