Between 10 and 20 percent
of the fish species living in the Red Sea water, you won’t find them anywhere
else in the world. From those different species is the “Emperor Angelfish” that
you will find in Marsa Alam.
This omnivorous fish changes its' markings and colors as it grows older in size.
The young emperors has a blueish black body with concentric white circles but when they grow in size of around 8 to 12 cms, they start to change their colors into a blue one with horizontal yellow stripes along its' sides with a black "mask-like" stripe over its' eyes and a white mouth.
Adult emperors differs in size between 10 and 40 cms . Emperors rules a huge section of the world's oceans, from the Red Sea all the way east to Australia's Great Barrier Reef and the Hawaiian Islands and lately started to colonize areas of the Israeli’s Mediterranean coast migrating through the Suez canal.
It likes to live in or close to reefs. They are
sometimes alone but can also be seen in pairs or sometimes they will be find as
one male with two or more females.
Their diet varies and includes sponges, parasites, algae, worms and shellfish. Despite their docile looks, their powerful jaws can easily crush hard-shelled crustaceans. However, juveniles are more focused on parasites and can sometimes be seen cleaning other fish such as moray eels.
If you will visit Marsa Alam or Port Ghalib, or you are already there, don’t forget to have a meeting with the Emperors.