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The humphead wrasse is a tropical marine fish found on coral reefs in the Indian Ocean and western Pacific. It is a large, long-living fish that can reach almost eight feet in length and weigh more than 400 pounds, making it one of the largest reef fish. The species is easily recognized by its green color, fleshy lips and a prominent bump on the forehead of older males. It can live about 30 years.
The humphead wrasse is considered a delicacy in parts of the Far East, where wealthy diners will pay hundreds or even thousands of dollars to have it served to them. This demand has resulted in overfishing of the species and it is considered endangered in many areas.
Come see this unique, beautiful fish as it swims near the tunnel in the Ocean Voyager gallery.