"" Writer's Wanderings: The Worry-Free Parrot Fish

Sunday, August 13, 2006

The Worry-Free Parrot Fish


Diving in Cayman the other day, I couldn’t help but be amused once again by the colorful parrot fish of the Caribbean. They are brightly multicolored mostly on a turquoise blue background with a mouth that looks like a beak—thus the name parrot fish. They go along crunching on rocks and then excreting them. Know those sandy beaches you love? The parrot fish helps make them.

While this may seem like a mundane job, the parrot fish seems to be quite happy in his lot in life. With all that roughage, he’s probably not constipated which certainly helps his mood. When you see the parrot fish from the side, his eye looks bright and clear and his “beak” is shaped like a smile. Rather than swimming along, he seems to skip through the water making him appear carefree and happy-go-lucky. You can almost hear him singing, “Don’t worry. Be Happy.”

Ah, yes. The Caribbean. Even the fish are happy!

1 comment:

Cathy Messecar said...

What a cute little fellow, and what fun adventures you have. You should have a snorkel full of things to further share with your readers upon your return.

From you friend, who is swimming in the humidity of South Texas...Cathy

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