Yesterday we took a long tail boat around the island of Koa Tao, our driver was Lak and he was Awesome. We snorkeled the entire island for under $20 per person. We saw all kinds of fish and amazing reefs, even swam with Turtles and Black Tip Sharks. Yesterday is why we all travel!!! #KohTao#Thailand#Sharkbay#TitanTriggerfish
Allow myself to introduce myself - the Titan Triggerfish is the beast that my original gamertag (and now IG profile) came from. ❤️ these guys. Awesome fish - beautiful waffle-style patterns and big bulging eyes which look all around. Big mouth full of awkward teeth that break off coral to eat and move rocks out of the way to find food. Very territorial and best avoided in nesting periods as they will attack humans entering their “air space” above a nest. This one, size of a small suitcase, kept its trigger down so was comfortable enough with me being there #triggerfish#titantriggerfish#scuba#snorkel#filitheyo#maldives#indianocean#housereef#travel
Well known for being easily triggered, the triggerfish also possesses a unique defence mechanism. .
When threatened by predators, it dashes into a nearby crevice and anchors itself by erecting its dorsal spines. The strong first spine latches on to any nook inside while the second spine wedges against the first. The spines will stay locked until the second spine is depressed, making it impossible for predators to dislodge the triggerfish.
This locking and unlocking mechanism resembles that of a trigger, thus giving the triggerfish its name.
Based on the work of Dr Phillip Heemstra.