Red Moki Sleeping

Red moki sleeping

If there are kelp forests underwater, there are also undersea meadows of green, brown and red algae (often referred as seaweeds). And red moki (Cheilodactylus spectabilis) is their “cow”. Grazing slowly, alone, in pairs or small groups. When the feeding is over, they hide in small crevices or under overhangs and sleep with open eyes.

This picture was made in Goat Island marine reserve. The fish allowed me to get so close my wide-angle lens was not a problem.