#Repost @littleoceantours The yellow tang (Zebrasoma flavescens) and sea turtles are a perfect example of the symbiotic relationship known as #mutualism. This means both of the organisms involved benefit from the relationship. The yellow tang's diet consists largely of algae which can be found on the shells of the turtles. While the yellow tang fish are able to get their meals from cleaning the shell, the sea turtles benefit from gaining a smoother shell which reduces friction in the water, increasing efficiency. The spots where groups of these fish can be found cleaning sea turtles are called “cleaning stations.” Yellow tang fish at the cleaning stations will also feed on external parasites on the turtle also making it beneficial for the turtle's overall health (Brown, S., 2014). On our Little Ocean Tour one of our locations is a cleaning station where Yellow tang can be seen cleaning the shells of Honu.
Post by: @tayplay
Video by @alexis_underthesea