Butterflies, butterflies, everywhere

Ocean shallows and reefs are full of fish. Full. As a diver, I sometimes get focused on seeing the big, rare, charismatic fauna. But in reality fish are almost always swirling around.

That’s because the ocean represents a vibrant, complete ecosystem, with many more moving and visible parts than most of what we see up on land. Forests, deserts, savannas and meadows are also ecosystem, but the integral parts are often hidden, so that all we see are grasses and trees and dirt.

The butterfly fish — pescados de mariposa — pictured are part of the many, many fish flitting about reef and rock on almost every dive I’ve made. These are from the coast of North Seymour in the Galapagos Islands.

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