A translucent blue tang 🐟
Quickly photographed and released 💙
This is an Acanthurus coeruleus, or a blue tang surgeonfish. They're found from New York to Brazil. This one in particular was discovered just off of Puerto Vallarta, a resort town on Mexico’s Pacific coast.
The blue tang surgeonfish can grow up to 15 inches long, but the adults aren't see-through. It's their young that are small and transparent. Having clear bodies helps conceal the babies from predators. Sea turtles have a close relationship with these little guys: The blue tang surgeonfish nibbles algae and parasites off the turtle’s flippers, getting the nourishment it needs while simultaneously keeping its flippered friend clean and healthy.
Quickly photographed and released unharmed by @kevin__mattson 📸📸
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