A Research Study On Human Patterns And Its Effects On The Sea Side Of The East
Halichoeres bivittatus, commonly known as Slippery Dick, is a type of fish called wrasse. There are many different types of wrasses across the globe but this species in particular is commonly found in tropical waters. This species, like most species of fish, change its sex as it grows. Unlike other Halichoeres, this species does not have direct correlation with its sex as it grows. Meaning you cant just look at this fish and based on its color pattern and/or size, and be able to tell the sex of the fish. Another interesting fact about this fish is that they nest and are extremely territorial to other wrasses about their nest. My objective of my research is to be able to determine the different color patterns of H.bivittatus, note its aggressiveness towards other wrasse or any fish (if others), and hopefully find an active nest or a courtship ritual.
For my research, i conducted all sightings while SCUBA diving on the east side of the East Pass in Destin commonly known as The Jetties. These jetties are made of a massive amount of rocks, some that are small enough to pick up by hand and others that are so large that it would be impossible to move without heavy machinery. This creates a beautiful artificial reef home to 100’s of different organisms, everything from barnacles, fish, and crabs to dolphins, sea turtles, and sharks. This is where the bay meets the oceans so there is lots of algae, plankton, and detritus passing through here, making this a…