Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Butterfly Fish

I realized that I left out a picture of my favorite fish... unlike the mean fellow we were introduced to in Finding Nemo, these guys are the most romantic of all the fishes. This, along with one or two other variations of the butterfly fish, are one of the only who mate for life, and die very soon after the death of their partner.

This is yet another reason the Reef is such a whirlwind of emotion. It's hard to imagine such commitment in such a small, seemingly insignificant life. We humans have rational thought, emotions to fit any situation, and yet we can't live up to the expectations of those of an animal one tenth of our size.

What a beautiful idea. That it really can be so simple.


  1. those pictures are so pretty!!!!!

  2. I really love this post! I didn't know they were called butterfly fish and had a unique, special bond with their mate. Ross and I are using a "flight" theme in our wedding, and butterflies are going to be used a lot. Even though it's a butterfly fish, it still gives a little more meaning using butterflies knowing that info on the butterfly fish! Thanks for sharing Lauren