Bonaire in 100 photos – Sailfin Blenny

18 February 2021 by Casper Douma - Reading time: 2 minutes

Bonaire’s Sailfin Blenny is a small, colorful reef dweller known for its unique “sail” and ability to “walk” on its fins. Essential to the reef ecosystem, this fish symbolizes Bonaire’s biodiversity and natural beauty.

Bonaire’s Sailfin Blenny: a colorful resident of the reef

Amid the colorful coral and schools of fish, you’ll find one of the reef’s most charming inhabitants: the Sailfin Blenny. This small fish is remarkable not only for its size, but mostly for its unique appearance and behavior. Recognizable by its distinctive “sail,” the Blenny is a true artist in camouflage. The fish has a body length of only a few centimeters. And is a striking appearance that ranges from deep blue to vibrant shades of green and yellow. Their skin is often dotted with spots and patterns. These spots help them blend into the rocky environment and coral formations in which they live. What also makes the Sailfin Blenny special is its ability to “walk” on its hind legs. Using their specialized pectoral fins, they propel themselves along the bottom of the reef in search of algae and small organisms to eat.

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“Bon dia tur hende i bon bini na dushi Boneiru!”
My name is Casper Douma and I am a photographer. Since 2014 I’ve been living on this beautiful island, surrounded by a fringing reef. At first glance, you may see mostly cacti and drought, but Bonaire is a little gem if you get to know it better. I would like to take you on one of my photography tours to show you all the special places of Bonaire. In small groups of maximum 4 people I give you a unique look at the beauty of Bonaire. Became curious? Take a look at my website! I wish you a lot of fun on beautiful Bonaire.

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