Please help me ID these Fish (and one anemone-like thing)

  1. LockedBox Member Member

    Hi, I was doing some snorkeling recently and I saw a lot of fish i hadn't seen on any of my previous trips, despite rather murky conditions. There are two fish that I can't identify and I was wondering if you guys could help me out. I photographed them in nelson bay, at low tide, in a cove that had a strong rip, dense rocky areas and numerous beds of red kelp and sea grass. There where also a lot of soft corals present.

    These fish were in the shallow areas, amongst the rocks and red kelp. They were in a large school of several dozen individuals, and I'd guess that they were about 15 centimeters long. AT first I thought they were crimson banded wrasse but I looked up some more photos and the patterns just don't match. I can't find any information about their schooling behavior either.

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    Then there's this fella. He was on his own, and hung out close to the bottom of the ocean. He did swim up to join the bream at one point but he never strayed away from the deep water, not even when a little kid started throwing bread and all the bream left him. He was about the same size as the bream, roughly 40 centimeters if I had to take a guess.

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    I also saw these pretty things all over the place and I'd never seen anything like them there before. I think it's some kind of soft coral, but the way it pulsed in the waves and the colours it has makes me think that it might be some kind of anemone. I wasn't game enough to touch it.

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  2. ryanr Moderator Moderator Member

    The second one could be a Scott's Fairy Wrasse :;dk

    The first looks like a wrasse, but not sure which.

    Sorry can't be much more help, maybe try the community over RTAW/MASA ?
     

  3. LockedBox Member Member

    No, it can't be a scotts fairy wrasse, it had to be 30cm long at the absolute minimum and is wasn't nearly as colorful. I haven't heard of those acronyms before, could you give me a link, please?
     

  4. ryanr Moderator Moderator Member

    Ahh, it was hard to tell from the photos. Being a little murky.

    will pm you the details I'm referring to ;)