Tuesday, January 30, 2007


If you see one of these marine angelfish (not to be confused with the freshwater angelfish), prepare to be amazed. This is the Bermuda Angelfish more specifically a Townsend Angelfish. It's a hybrid between the Blue & Queen Angelfish. The Townsend angelfish is abundant & unique to Bermuda's waters. Their graceful & majestic presence in the water is associated with healthy reefs. Angelfish are very shy & are quick to get away when spotted. Like swans, they are monogamous & are often found swimming in pairs. They breed throughout the year & grow at an alarming rate. Their lifespan is about 20 years. Hubby & I once spotted a gigantic pair at Tobacco Bay while snorkelling & they were beautiful. If you spot one of these & want to capture it on film, then make haste, before they swim away. The Angelfish are also featured on Bermuda's five cent coin. Are they edible? I'd say no. While some of the larger marine angelfish species are sought as food, there have been reports of ciguatera poisoning as a result of their flesh harbouring toxins. Why would anyone want to eat them anyway, they're too pretty to be made minced meat out of.

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