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Around the world there is 70 (known) species of surgeonfishes, several of them can be found on the reefs of Bunaken. They have got their name because all the species have one or several sharp blades used in selfdefence. They swim alongside the enemy using the blade to slice a long and nasty cut, others stab you. One species you are certain to see, are the unicornfish, with its horn on the forhead, when you see it you will know it. It is generally peacefull but it has three blades close to the tail, and the horn is venomus. While the unicorns blades are fixed in one position, others have movable blades, when the fish is relaxed, the knife lie alongside the fish in a crevice, when it is angry, the knife are upright. This fish are able to change colour, something it does when it feels threatened or want to caouflage itself. At bedtime thesurgeons will dress in a particular colour. Most of them are to be found in the deeper area of the reef flat and just outside the drop off wall.

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  • Written Sep 15, 2004
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