Hi everybody, Sam here.
I’m looking for a fish with big bright lips
and a good set of chompers,
and it actually has some pretty spectacular colors too.
They change, and if it’s not in the mood for visitors,
it just triggers its spine and locks itself in a hole
and won’t come out.
That doesn’t sound like a very friendly fish now,
doesn’t it? But it does sound pretty cool.
Let’s go check out the Queen triggerfish. Come on!
WHAT SAM SEES
Today I’m at the National Aquarium
to dive in an Atlantic coral reef tank
to film the spectacular queen trigger.
They can grow up to 24 inches long,
although most are only half that size.
Come on guys, let’s go.
I feel so lucky to get to dive here at the aquarium
where people can come to experience
the wonder of the ocean every day.
I can’t wait to dive in.
I love scuba diving.
Have you ever wanted to dive deep in the ocean
and swim with the fishes?
It’s an amazing feeling.
Just imagine yourself being weightless, seeing fish of all sizes
in the most awesome array of colors.
Get in a close creatures
you thought you’d only see in books.
Diving is always an adventure.
Let’s head over to meet Jackie Cooper,
the senior assistant dive safety officer
who’s going to help us find the queen.
There are hundreds of fish down here,
but only a few queen triggerfishs in this tank.
So wish us luck.
Keep a sharp eye out.
Remember it has bright lips and spectacular colors.
Jackie found the queen,
and there are two of them.
Wow! that one just put up its trigger.
I wonder what triggered that.
I can’t believe I’m this close,
and can see the beautiful fishes changing colors.
Off they go, move back to their thrones.
They really are so beautiful and fast.
Jackie, that dive was amazing.
It was pretty cool.
That fish we saw literally changed color.
That was a queen triggerfish.
Can you tell the difference?
Where did they get its name?
So it literally has a fin kind of on the top of his head
that it could trigger to pop off,
and you got to see a dude there.
I did yeah! It went right under me.
So why did he do that?
So he was having a discussion with another queen triggerfish
about whose territory that was.
Are they typically very defensive with each other?
So they’re very territorial,
and they’re always debating whose territory it is.
So when we saw him change color,
that’s exactly what they were doing.
He was saying I’m brighter than you,
my trigger is bigger than yours, and this is my territory.
But another really cool way they can communicate is that
they can actually make the honking sound.
What do the queen triggerfish like to eat?
– 一切它们能捕到的东西- 真的么？
– Almost anything they can catch.- Really?
They also will feed on crustaceans.
Another cool thing that I saw about the queen triggerfish with
that they have these things that kind of streaming behind them,
what are those?
So the largest one has the most amazing streamers,
and they’re always unique distensible,
and that’s a sign of his fitness.
So that’s a male, and he is advertising
to other members of fish species
that he is a big fit healthy guy.
This fish is incredible.
What have you learn about queen triggerfish?
It likes to trigger its fin up when it’s in defense mode.
Another really cool thing is that
they change color depending on their mood.
Diving and seeing it up close with so much fun.
Bye everybody, I’ll see you next time at what Sam sees.