This fish is called thus because it has a fin that is sharp and will cut if the fish is provoked. It hangs around the area where we enter the water. It has never harmed me. It is quite colorful. Getting a shot in shallow water. The waves push me around and make it problematic to compose a shot. Just point and shoot, it works.
These guys remain a favorite when I dive. I usually see them in very shallow water. I was surprised to see them down at 30 feet. Hey, it’s allowed. I was just thinking with all that neon color, it’s like an advertisement, “Dinner is served.”
Checking up on the name, it appears that surgeonfish are so named because they have sharp protrusions that are used for defense and can inflict severe cuts on an unwary diver. So… handle with care. Ha! They’re not exactly hanging about waiting for me to grab one… not too much danger for me.