Queen of the Reef!
They are shy fish, found often alone unlike the French Angelfish often found in pairs in the warm waters of the Caribbean and western Atlantic. Fairly large for reef-dwellers, they can grow up to 18 inches (45 centimeters) in length with a lifespan of 15 years. They have rounded heads and a bird-like mouth, and their long upper and lower fins stream dramatically behind them.
Queen angelfish get their royal title from the speckled, blue-ringed dark spot on their heads that resembles a crown. Next week a watercolor image showing her crown.
Decked out with electric blue bodies, yellow hashtags, blazing yellow tails, and light purple and orange highlights, Queen angels are among the most strikingly colorful of all reef fishes. Their adornments seem shockingly conspicuous, but they blend well when hiding amid the exotic reef colors.
The Queen Angelfish is one of my favorite fish to photograph. If I get a glimpse of one, and capture a portrait, it’s a great dive!
Sources: National Geographic
Photo by: Shelly Craig 1st place EPIC Underwater Photographic Image Competition
Nikon 150 Lens, Sea and Sea Housing, Duo YS Strobes
Also fun to paint:
Watercolor and Ink: Arches coldpress paper, Daniel Smith WC, JD Epic Pen.
paintings by Shelly Craig