Mandarinfish are a favourite with photographers and fish watchers. As the sun sets, pairs of these amorous entertainers touch fins and begin a spiraling courtship dance. The show delights divers aboard Wakatobi‘s Pelagian dive at Magic Pier on the island of Buton. And recently, the mandarins have also made appearances much closer to home, performing their mating dances at sites close to the resort itself.

Photo credit: Walt Stearns and R Kreuzer

Mandarin
Mandarinfish peeking out of the coral
Mandarin
Mandarinfish (Synchiropus splendidus) a member of the dragonet family.
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