Juvenile Spotted Drum

This is a Juvenile Spotted Drum. Interestingly they don’t have any spots in the juvenile stage, but they make up for it by having very long dorsal and tail fins which makes them quite striking. As they age, they will get their spots and lose their fins.

These fish are not that common but are really easy to photograph because they tend to go back and forth in the same area, usually doing a figure-8, so all you need to do is be patient and you will get some good pictures.

I took quite a few pictures of this little guy and was so focused on getting a good shot that I did not feel the fire-coral on my forehead until I swam away. I think there is still a small scar there.

Fire-coral does exactly that, you skin reacts as if it has been burnt.

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